The Expanse: Season 2

The fact that this show even exists amazes me. The fact that it’s getting the respect and treatment it deserves from the SYFY channel is downright miraculous.

Having barely escaped the calamity on Eros station, the crew of the Rocinante come across something they don’t know what to do with: a sample of the protomolecule. The same one doing god knows what to the population of Eros.

Tensions between Earth, Mars, and the Belt are at an all time high. It doesn’t help that Eros begins flying in Earth’s direction. Convinced that it’s a Martian weapon, Earth stands ready to retaliate.

Probably because of the short first season, this second season of The Expanse has to handle two separate full arc plotlines in a single go. This makes for an awkward sidestep when introducing a new and essential character to the franchise: Martian Marine Bobbie Draper, the only survivor of an attack on Ganymede. I was waiting for the show to handle this juggling by spilling the eggs everywhere, but somehow they managed to pull it off. Possibly because I’ve read the books and understand what’s happening at almost all times. Still, an impressive storytelling move putting two major climaxes in one season.

My complaints are the same as the first season. Steven Straight plays main character James Holden like someone is perpetually poking his hemorrhoid. And Dominique Tipper’s Naomi Nagata runs the gamut of emotions in a way that feels forced by the screenwriters for added conflict. Thankfully, Amos and Alex don’t flip out unexpectedly and stay in their character lanes.

This is an incredibly detailed world. No punches are pulled, and no ground given to those who can’t keep up. I still applaud this show (and it’s impressive visuals) for the sci-fi feast. Here’s to Season 3 being just as entertaining.

3.5 out of 4 stars.

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