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: 24

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User Ratings: 316

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Episodes

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 (24) | 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…

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.

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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…

Without going into spoilers, the introductory episodes pack a serious punch, tying a massive interplanetary event into some deeply personal storylines.

Dec 21, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 5

  • 5h ago
    Worst actors with some exceptions, feels like they aren't even trying at this point(s5).
  • 15h ago
    I have been disappointed in episodes 6 and 7 of the fifth season, the original sci-fi story has been turned into a family drama of a woman and her conflicted millennial son. So far I have come, I will not see another episode, this last season has gotten much worse. They no longer have good ideas, they destroyed it.
  • 17h ago
    Masterpiece show of a masterpiece set of books.
  • 1d ago
    Je vais faire simple. Je considère The Expanse comme la meilleure série SF des années 2010. Quelque soit la saison, la série est intense et véritablement passionnante !
  • 1d ago
    This is an incredible show, not just an amazing sci fi show. Highly recommended! Smart writing, great acting, cool special effects. Watch this show!!!
  • 1d ago
    I already said it, but THANK YOU AMAZON for pursuing The Expanse. Love that awesome show. A must watch for all the sci-fi/space-opera fans :)
  • 3d ago
    Wtf happened to this show? Scene after scene of people crying and talking about their feelings. Nothing wrong with that but doesn't make for entertaining television.
  • 3d ago
    Honestly the best thing I have seen on TV since GOT session 1-7
  • 3d ago
    Season 4 was a bit of a lull but season 5 immediately picks up on the good writing and cinematography of the expanse series.what season 5 answering many of the questions about characters that have existed since the beginning of the TV show. In short season 5 is another nail biter thought you don't want to miss
  • 3d ago
    It outstanding, one of the best Sci fi shows ever made, a must see for everyone

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