February 10, 2021

The Expanse Season 5

This show has been good from its beginning 5 years ago, but this latest, abbreviated, 10 episode season moves a mile a minute as it twists, turns and shocks the audience.  Throwaway world building moments from earlier in the series come out of the woodwork to surprise and astonish.  

The fifth season is a 4 ring circus. Since everything in the solar system except Bobbi' and Avaserala's employment situations were, as far as the characters were concerned, going gangbusters at the end of last season, the cast goes on vacation...which is where most of them are when things go pear shaped. 

  The Expanse is an excellent example of fairly hard sci-fi, but beyond its realistic portrayal of space its characterizations and human drama are much better than most, more mundane series. 

The characters include a fellow who has (through either abuse, injury, or genes) basically a psychopath's brain, but who WANTS to be good..so he hangs out with what he assumes to be good people...to aid him in this difficult task. This season finally explains WHY he has this seed of goodness in the vast barren desert of his soul. It's very well handled. 

The only  even arguably unsatisfying moment in the entire season is an obviously late edit necessitated by production realities beyond the scope of this post, but your milage may vary, and it's a spoiler.

All in all this was probably the best season of this generally excellent show thus far. FWIW I think last season, while very good, was the weakest, though in retrospect, it set this season up superbly. 

If you're not watching this show, you are wrong. It's currently available in full, on Amazon Prime. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:05 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I loved season one but was turned off by the first episode of season two.

Which come to think of it was exactly my reaction to MLP: FIM.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Feb 11 08:00:53 2021 (PiXy!)

2 The first episode of season two starts off following the cast of a completely different show based very loosely on Starhip Troopers before returning to the story in progress. Those people get Isekaied into The Expanse a couple of episodes later. 
 It does give a good idea of just how different in outlook the Martians are from the rest of the system. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Feb 11 15:56:55 2021 (5iiQK)

3 I'm running a bit behind on The Expanse. And annoyingly, when one hoists the black flag one discoveres that they're sending nastygrams to anyone they catch on the torrents without a VPN.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Feb 14 04:12:43 2021 (Ix1l6)

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