The Expanse: Season 5 (2020)

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The Expanse's many threads come to a head in an excellent fifth season that expertly capitalizes on everything that makes the show work while setting the stage for an epic final season.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 353

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Air date: Dec 16, 2020

On the outskirts of Venus, a research vessel suffers a brutal attack at the hands of the Belters, leaving no survivors. Meanwhile, the Rocinante remains at Tycho for extensive repairs.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2020

Drummer stumbles upon the remnants of Klaes Ashford's destroyed ship. Meanwhile, Amos returns home to earth to attend the funeral of his foster mother.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2020

Drummer believes Ashford to be dead upon discovering the remains of his escape pod. She then uncovers a secret recording by Marco Inaros about his scheme to target more critical prey.

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Air date: Dec 23, 2020

Bobbie and Alex pursue a fleet of Martian ships on suspicion of arms dealing. Meanwhile, Amos finds himself trapped in a high-security prison during an asteroid shower as he visits with Clarissa.

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Air date: Dec 30, 2020

Drummer entertains Inaros's request to meet. Meanwhile, Clarissa and Amos struggle to free themselves from the destroyed cell.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2021

Avasarala crosses paths with the new Secretary-General, who enlists her help with his overwhelming position. Meanwhile, Alex and Bobbie rely on their wits to take out a Belter assault unit.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2021

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Air date: Jan 20, 2021

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Air date: Jan 27, 2021

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Air date: Feb 3, 2021

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Season five of the series picks up as multitudes of humans leave the solar system in search of new homes and vast fortunes on the earth-like worlds beyond the alien Ring, and a heavy price for centuries of exploitation of the Belt finally comes due and a reckoning is at hand. For the crew of the Rocinante and the leaders of the Inner Planets and the Belt, the past and present converge, bringing forth personal challenges that have wide-reaching repercussions throughout the Solar System. Amos (Wes Chatham) returns to Earth to confront his past and the legacy of the life he fought to leave behind. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) reaches out to her estranged son in a desperate bid to save him from his father's toxic influence. Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Alex (Cas Anvar) confront the collapse of Mars as they chase a shadowy cabal with ties to terrorists and criminals. Holden (Steven Strait) wrestles with the consequences of his own past with the Protomolecule, the aliens who built it, and the mystery of what killed them. Drummer (Cara Gee), with a new crew, fights to escape who and what she used to be. And Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be relegated to the sidelines, fights to prevent a terrorist attack unrivaled in history.

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Critic Reviews for The Expanse Season 5

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Even with the protomolecule saga relatively sidelined this season, "The Expanse" draws so much strength from exposing how fragile an expansive society like this is.

Dec 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If you can look past some wooden dialogue and stiff acting, however, the new season might be the show's best as an adventure-drama delivery system - the creators have only gotten better at pacing and packaging a taut conspiracy thriller.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

There is one series in the vast ocean of television content that is pulling off the grand storytelling ambitions of Game of Thrones. That series is The Expanse.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The Expanse reminds us that life is fragile and power is fleeting, yet at the same time celebrates the ingenuity of mankind. Proper sci-fi drama done brilliantly well.

Jan 6, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This moral ambiguity has always been The Expanse's strength, bolstered by a great cast and damned good special effects.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

These episodes are epic.

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The Expanse's keen understanding of history and politics, combined with its relatively low technology level, has allowed the show to feel about as realistic as science fiction can get.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The Expanse is not Star Wars or Star Trek but something unique and remains the benchmark for science fiction on television.

Dec 21, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Season 5 of The Expanse is great TV, and it's great because it makes you think as much as it makes you feel.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Five seasons in, The Expanse is cruising.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

From the personal story arcs to the well done social/political themes being woven in, season five of The Expanse is setting up to be another amazing season of sci-fi television!

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The emotional stakes are high in The Expanse season 5, and although the action takes a few episodes to really kick in, once things shift into high gear, it's full speed ahead.

Dec 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 5

  • 2h ago
    Best sci-fi show I ever watched. Period.
  • 2h ago
    Once you saw The Expanse, watching any other avant-garde yet realistic space saga will seem completely ridiculous....that's because the bar is set.
  • 2h ago
    Finally a good scifi. It's been a while.
  • 20h ago
    This is the best Sci Fi show on TV right now, and possibly one of the greatest television series ever made, Season 5 has upped the scale and catch me holding onto the edge of my seat week by week. The Overall story line did minimilize it's focus to just our current Solar System, but still one of the best seasons so far, when it comes to character development, tension, suspense, and questioning the limits of future based space technology. The Expanse is by far my favorite show on tv, and I am thankful that after season 3, we were gifted with season 4, and now 5, I only hope that they continue adapting the book past season 6!
  • 1d ago
    just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1d ago
    Still the best Sci-fi show on tv, Season 5 is the best yet, not as confusing as the last season and the story is so well put together.
  • 2d ago
    Very disappointing 5th season. Too much mama drama, multiple barely-connected story lines bordering on soap-opera dullness. No aliens or alien worlds, no protomolecule, and only so-so action. Nothing to spark any interest or fire the imagination. The thrill is gone.
  • 2d ago
    Why did this show become a drama? I was hooked after season 1 and all the mystery and intrigue the future held with regards to the sci fi aspect of the story arc. I don't want to watch another boring drama. Why bother with the opulent sets if the story could take place literally anywhere.
  • 3d ago
    Best Sci-Fi show in years.... The first season is a bit confusing but after a second watch through everything made sense... I can't wait for the next season.
  • 3d ago
    Brilliant. Every episode leaves you a the knife's edge wondering what is to happen next. Relationships between main characters, all of whom seem well developed and complete, are intense. Great sci-fi, great writing, great cast, great production values, tons of drama and suspense. Best sci-fi show on TV by far at the moment.

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