The Expanse (2019): S04E01 – New Terra


Introduction

The Expanse is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the series of novels of the same name by James S.A. Corey.

The series is set in a future where humanity has colonised the Solar System. It follows a disparate band of antiheroes – United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), ship’s officer James Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew – as they unwittingly unravel and place themselves at the centre of a conspiracy which threatens the system’s fragile state of Cold War.

Outline

Avasarala orders a blockade of settler ships near the Ring Space, wary of the risks of expansion. A convoy of Belter refugee ships from Ganymede attempts to run the blockade; of the few that succeed, the Barbapiccola lands on a planet that is named “Ilus.” Avasarala sends Holden there as her envoy, with the rest of his crew joining him, in order to identify any potential protomolecule exposure. Naomi begins taking drugs in order to develop a tolerance to gravity similar to Earth’s. On Mars, Bobbie dismantles decommissioned warships for a living, discontented with her plight. With a truce between Earth, Mars, and the Belt in effect, Ashford operates as an OPA peacekeeper, tracking down and neutralising renegades; Drummer commands the former Behemoth, now renamed Medina Station, which controls the Ring Space. The Earth ship Edward Israel, ferrying a Royal Charter Energy (RCE) expedition backed by Earth and Mars, sends a shuttle to Ilus that is destroyed during its landing; many lives and supplies are lost. The Rocinante crew arrive amid tensions between the surviving shuttle passengers and the Belter settlers that escalate into an armed standoff; it is interrupted when a swarm of alien “bugs” attacks the settlement.

The Expanse Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Expanse here.

You can find a full index of The Expanse Series 04 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Breck Eisner.
  • Writer(s): Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
  • Release Date: 12 December 2019.
  • Running Time: 42-53 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-14/15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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