The Expanse (2019): S04E03 – Subduction


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.


UN Home Secretary Nancy Gao resigns and runs for UN Secretary-General against Avasarala on a pro-expansion platform. Avasarala’s aides uncover a nepotistic scheme that benefited Gao in her career; Avasarala has evidence of it discreetly leaked. Bobbie learns that the gang has kidnapped David and forced him to work off the debt incurred from her destruction of the drugs. Detective Esai Martin, the gang’s ringleader, agrees to release David if Bobbie helps them steal military equipment from her workplace. After she eventually complies, Esai releases him. She declines Esai’s offer to join his gang. On Ilus, lightning strikes the settlement, damaging the Belters’ power generation infrastructure; Amos and Naomi help them repair it. Murtry identifies the Belters responsible for the downing and orders their execution. Holden, accompanied by Alex and RCE biologist Dr. Elvi Okoye, finds another alien structure that was activated; it is displacing wide swathes of ground while moving toward the settlement. Despite Okoye’s protests, Holden has Alex destroy the structure with a torpedo from the Rocinante.

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): David Petrarca.
  • Writer(s): Dan Nowak.
  • Release Date: 12 December 2019.
  • Running Time: 42-53 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-14/15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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