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The Expanse: Season 5 (2020)




Critic Consensus: The Expanse's many threads come to a head in an excellent fifth season that expertly capitalizes on everything that makes the show work while setting the stage for an epic final season.


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Season five of the series picks up as multitudes of humans leave the solar system in search of new homes and vast fortunes on the earth-like worlds beyond the alien Ring, and a heavy price for centuries of exploitation of the Belt finally comes due and a reckoning is at hand. For the crew of the Rocinante and the leaders of the Inner Planets and the Belt, the past and present converge, bringing forth personal challenges that have wide-reaching repercussions throughout the Solar System. Amos (Wes Chatham) returns to Earth to confront his past and the legacy of the life he fought to leave behind. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) reaches out to her estranged son in a desperate bid to save him from his father's toxic influence. Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Alex (Cas Anvar) confront the collapse of Mars as they chase a shadowy cabal with ties to terrorists and criminals. Holden (Steven Strait) wrestles with the consequences of his own past with the Protomolecule, the aliens who built it, and the mystery of what killed them. Drummer (Cara Gee), with a new crew, fights to escape who and what she used to be. And Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be relegated to the sidelines, fights to prevent a terrorist attack unrivaled in history.


Thomas Jane
as Det. Joe Miller
Steven Strait
as James Holden
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Chrisjen Avasarala
Dominique Tipper
as Naomi Nagata
Cas Anvar
as Alex Kamal
Wes Chatham
as Amos Burton
Frankie Adams
as Bobbie Draper
Rosa Gilmore
as Dr. Lucia
Burn Gorman
as Adolphus Murtry
Lyndie Greenwood
as Dr. Elvi Okoye
Steven McCarthy
as Jakob Mazur
Zach Smadu
as Dr. Fayez Sarkis
Nadine Nicole
as Clarissa Mao
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Critic Reviews for The Expanse: Season 5

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

Even with the protomolecule saga relatively sidelined this season, "The Expanse" draws so much strength from exposing how fragile an expansive society like this is.

December 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While the fifth season takes a little longer to gain momentum... it builds to a breathtaking crescendo that represents a new high mark for the series...

December 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Thankfully, The Expanses's fifth season focuses on where its strength really lies - in its women of color characters, specifically, its WOC mothers.

June 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Science fiction is always about the present, even if - especially if - it's set in the future.

February 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Season 5 gets off to a blinding start and has a good end, it's just some storylines sag in the middle, while others never get off the starting block.

February 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For those prepared to commit the necessary time and attention, it's an absolute blast.

December 7, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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