The Expanse: Season 2 (2017)

Season 2
The Expanse

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The Expanse's second season offers more of the show's excellent signature production values while increasing character development and politically thrilling narratives.



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Air date: Feb 1, 2017

James Holden and crew deal with the aftermath of their escape from Eros in the Season 2 premiere.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2017

Holden and the crew stage a dangerous raid in search of information about the protomolecule.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2017

Holden and Miller butt heads about how the raid was handled.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2017

Miller devises a dangerous plan to eradicate what's left of the protomolecule on Eros.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2017

The Rocinante chases an asteroid as it hurtles towards Earth.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017

Earth and Mars search for answers in the aftermath of the asteroid collision.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2017

Preparations for the Earth/Mars peace conference lead to tightening tension on Erringwright.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2017

Naomi tracks down signs of protomolecule; and Fred Johnson's control over OPA collapses.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2017

Bobbie becomes a pawn in a political struggle between Earth and Mars.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2017

Holden leads his crew through the war-torn station on Ganymede.

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The second season of the sci-fi drama series opens with the introduction of several Martian military characters, including Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams), one of the loudest voices promoting war against Earth. Meanwhile, Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) survives an assassination attempt and ramps up the war between Earth and Mars. On the Rocinante, Holden (Steven Strait) and Miller (Thomas Jane) recover from the radiation poisoning they got on Eros and decide to store the dangerous Protomolecule in an abandoned asteroid mine for future study. Together with Fred Johnson (Chad L. Coleman), Holden and Miller go on a mission to avenge the Eros genocide, only to make a disturbing discovery: An interplanetary conspiracy is trying to control the Protomolecule and use it as a weapon against alien life forces—and the genocide on Eros was the result of a deployment test! Their mission becomes that of finding a way to stop the conspirators once and for all, by any means necessary.

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Critic Reviews for The Expanse Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

The show's epic scope... remains intact, as well as its always impressive production values and effects. But there's more focus to the first four episodes of the season than expected, thanks to more of the characters uniting in proximity to similar goals.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Yet as suspenseful as this was, and as much as I think the second season has represented a leap forward in quality for the series, it's a bit wonky from a structural perspective.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The second season of The Expanse ... maintains the drama's status as one of the most compelling science fiction series of recent years

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

A great 13-episode ride, or more accurately, a great end to a 15-episode ride, and then a great 8-episode ride that teases the next season well...

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The show maintained a high level of tension while letting characters develop quietly and intimately over two hours. The science fiction elements, as well as the special effects, were strong.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Expanse is the best sci-fi TV show since Battlestar Galactica.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

If well-researched science fiction is your bag, season two of The Expanse is sure to thrill, confound, and delight in equal measure. Just make sure you're paying attention.

Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Now that we know who's behind most of the mysterious events, and trying to instigate war, The Expanse has a chance to be even better now in its second season.

Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Unburdened with introductory world building and backed by surefooted writing, The Expanse returns as thrilling and intriguing as ever in a second season that packs just enough of a timely political wallop.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Whether viewers come for the political intrigue, the space battles, or the character drama, there's pretty much something for everyone.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It all adds up to one of the best sci-fi shows on TV at the moment.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

I wasn't sure that season 2 could stand shoulder to shoulder with season 1's mystery and political intrigue, but it's clear now season 1 was just doing the legwork to get us here.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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