The Expanse (2019): S04E04 – Retrograde


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.


Drummer and Ashford apprehend Marco Inaros, an OPA pirate who is Naomi’s former lover and captured the UNN colony ship Sojourner, executed its passengers and stole it. Before OPA faction representatives (Drummer, Ashford, and three others), Inaros criticises the truce and appeals to Belter solidarity; should they acquit him, he promises to relinquish his gains from the Sojourner, which he claims has been taken apart, and abide by the truce until the Inners break it. Though Ashford and another representative vote to sentence Inaros to death, the two other representatives vote to acquit him. Drummer votes to acquit last. Drummer tells Ashford that if she had voted differently, it might have led to division within the OPA. Bobbie quits her job after attempting to report materiel theft to her supervisor, only to find out that he is interested in selling more stolen goods. Shortly after, she is arrested for abetting the crime, presumably at the direction of her supervisor. Her charges are dropped once she accepts Esai’s offer. Naomi tries to help Dr. Lucia Mazur, a Belter complicit in the downing, escape from Murtry and his forces. Murtry eventually backs down when Holden and Alex intervene and fire the Rocinante’s PDCs at his forces. Naomi, Alex, and Lucia go into orbit aboard the ship while Holden remains on Ilus.

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): Matthew Rasmussen.
  • Release Date: 12 December 2019.
  • Running Time: 42-53 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-14/15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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