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Season 2, Episode 13 – The Expanse puts all of the usual suspects in personally dangerous situations rather than system-level ones in “Caliban’s War.” Utilizing everything from science to diplomacy, the second season finale delivers an excellent, suspenseful, tightly-plotted adventure that offers closure on many plot points while opening up vistas of possibility for the future like a good season finale should.
Season 2, Episode 12 – The Expanse provides monsters, moral quandaries, and political intrigue in spades with “The Monster and the Rocket,” turning the tables on established power structures and examining the dilemmas of life in space. The episode takes three storylines that are connected but aiming to achieve separate goals and intertwines them seamlessly.
Season 2, Episode 11 – The Expanse finally shows off some of its monsters in “Here There Be Dragons,” paying off one of its big mysteries in a satisfying way that leaves plenty of room for future plot development. Every character has a chance to test their integrity and to choose their own battles.
Season 2, Episode 10 – The Expanse‘s “Cascade” doesn’t just balance all the Belter, Earther, and Martian plots against each other but it manages to leave enough time and space for the characters to process all of the world-changing events that are happening to them even as those events march on around them.
Season 2, Episode 9 – The Expanse is full of science, spies, and political briefings in “The Weeping Somnambulist.” The Rocinante crew takes a back seat to Bobbie and Chrisjen investigating the battle on Ganymede station. The episode deftly connects all the disparate plotlines while giving everyone equal time to move their stories forward.
Season 2, Episode 8 – The Expanse continues to delight with another well-executed, tightly written episode that moves forward its solar-system wide political plots while leaving plenty of room for the characters to process events and grow. “Pyre” touches on refugees, revolutionaries, and resistance while simultaneously being a mystery story about aliens.
Season 2, Episode 7 – The Expanse shows off its political and social strengths in “The Seventh Man,” tying together threads of revolution, mutually assured destruction, and exploitation in a rich, evocative package. The episode sets the stage for the season’s second half story arc by both revisiting old beats and introducing some new ones.
Season 2, Episode 6 – The Expanse delivers a somewhat messy but ultimately satisfying episode with “Paradigm Shift,” featuring technology, social strife, and interplanetary warmongering. The episode generates plenty of conflict within the character groups allowing everyone to demonstrate where they stand on moral issues and international politics.
Season 2, Episode 5 – “Home” weaves together three sides of the same story, keeping the tension high and stakes higher all the way throughout. The episode provides the healthy doses of politics, pathos, and action that The Expanse is so good at delivering.
Season 2, Episode 4 – The Expanse delivers a heavy dose of exposition and big picture plot in “Godspeed,” spending the majority of the episode on logistics. All of that leads up to such a tightly written final act that it largely justifies all of the setup and leads well into the next episode.
Season 2, Episode 3 – The Expanse experiences “Static,” giving every character a chance to process their various actions and inactions while the plot moves on around them. With the usual mixture of politics, consequence, and exploration of identity, the episode provides clues to bigger puzzles even while everyone stays put.
Season 2, Episode 1-2 – The double episode season premiere of The Expanse introduces us to the Martians, digs into the mystery from the previous season, and continues to portray system politics in an realistic and respectful manner. With plenty of brief pauses for reflection and conflict for character growth, both “Safe” and “Doors & Corners” exceeds the high expectations set by the series’ first season.