The Expanse: Season 5 (2020)


Season 5
The Expanse

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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: 29

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User Ratings: 698

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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

Naomi does what it takes to rescue her son from Marco. On the Roci, Holden tries to get the last of the protomolecules.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2021

Avasarala's connections on Luna entertain new offers as Amos ventures back to Baltimore with Clarissa in town. Meanwhile, Naomi threatens the balance of things as she strikes out on her own.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2021

Amos, Clarissa, and a group of thieves attempt to leave the planet. Avasarala tries to prevent a military strike. Drummer's new family is put to the test as Naomi's life is put on the line.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2021

Holden organizes the Roci in an offensive maneuver against Marco and Drummer. Meanwhile, Bobbie and Alex team up for a risky rescue mission.

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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 (29) | Top Critics (5)

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…

The Expanse this season served up several disaster movies, a bullet-riddled action thriller and family drama, and it did a spectacular job with each.

Feb 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Science fiction is always about the present, even if - especially if - it's set in the future.

Feb 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Season 5 gets off to a blinding start and has a good end, it's just some storylines sag in the middle, while others never get off the starting block.

Feb 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This episode is full of action and suspense, and perfectly sets up what is sure to be an epic season finale!

Jan 27, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | 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.

Dec 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 5

  • 4m ago
    This series should be called: How to get away with massmurder. Why is Nagata considered to be a hero? She killed more than 500 people and got a second chance, she gave the protomolecule to the most criminal faction, she released a terrorist who killed more than 20 people, her son and her ex are killers of millions. Are there any people out there who hope that she can safe her son? What is the point of this kind of script writing? And why has the uberterrorist to look like an arab?
  • 2h ago
    A very good sciencefiction series. A lot of correct space effects scientifically correct. Worth all your time!!!!
  • 1d ago
    Much more focused on character development, emotions, family connections. Lots of suffering. Nothing that I really cared to see. Amos and Bobbie made it watchable.
  • 1d ago
    This season started off strong but too a major step down in quality towards the end of the season. The finale almost recovered the slow pacing of the second half of the season. However the handling of Alex's death, the insane ammount of time spent on Naomi (boring scenes), and the way Naomi has plot armor thicker than that of Jon Snow left me dissapointed...
  • 2d ago
    Great series productin and acting. Does a pretty good job being consistent with the book series!
  • 2d ago
    It's one of the better seasons of this show without a doubt. The acting keeps impressing for the most parts, especially for Naomi's character (Dominique Tipper). However, Holden's character and acting don't appear to progress. He keeps his incompassionate attitude, even towards Naomi. It might be justified by the sacrifices but we don't get to see any progress. I'm more impressed as we get to understand more of Amos's arc and background story and why he is as messed up but straight-forward as he used to be in previous seasons. Chrisjen's arc and subplot are thrilling as well. The viewer really feels her struggle and drive. The writers play with ambiguous character attributes and motivations where appropriate, giving the viewer room for interpretation and narrowing it down sufficiently to justify character consequences and plot consequences. Obviously, credit should also go to the book and RPG writers, but this adaptation keeps surprising me in a positive way (after a lamely-paced season 4). I would give it more points if there wasn't this one thing. Cas Anvar hasn't done anything legally offensive. It's a shame how the producers treated him. His character (Alex Kamal) deserved better. His write-off appears completely manufactured.
  • 3d ago
    Slow and boring. Too much talking. The action doesn't really progress.
  • 3d ago
    Very well done show. It is cohesive up till season 5. Season 5 is rotten.
  • 4d ago
    Great show. Uses better physics than most sci-fi shows. The last couple seasons look great on a 4K HDR TV!
  • 5d ago
    Best sci-fi programme on TV before Star Trek: Discovery. I will miss it once it is gone because every episode is brilliant even if the sets are recycled. I will have to watch it all over again.

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