We’re closing in on the end of Season Three. Actually, it might be the end of the series.

And the world as we know it.

Cast and Crew

Directors: Breck Eisner, Thor Freudenthal, Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Dan Nowak, Robin Veith, Georgia Lee, Alan DeFiore
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)

Steven Strait as Jim Holden
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
Frankie Adams as Roberta “Bobbie” Draper
Elizabeth Mitchell as Anna Volovodov
Terry Chen as Praxidike “Prax” Meng
Shawn Doyle as Sadavir Errinwright
François Chau as Jules-Pierre Mao
Byron Mann as Admiral Nguyen
Chad L. Coleman as Col. Frederick Lucius Johnson
Nick E. Tarabay as Cotyar
Cara Gee as Col. Johnson’s Second in Command
Brian George as Arjun Avasarala
Leah Jung as Mei Meng
Alden Adair as Staz
Andrew Rotilio as Diogo
Carlos Gonzalez-Vio as Cortazar
Conrad Pla as Colonel Janus
Eli Martyr as Onudo
Jonathan Whittaker as Sec-Gen Gillis
Peter Outerbridge as Captain Martens
Hugh Dillon as Sutton
Sarah Allen as Hillman
Mpho Koaho as Richard Travis
Dewshane Williams as Sa’id
Ted Whittall as Michael Iturbi

Premise

After conflicts both interplanetary and interpersonal, we finally get something like a happy ending.

Except it’s not the ending, and just what is that rough beast slouching towards humanity?

High Points

The Expanse does a better job than any recent SF series of balancing big moments– space opera and disturbingly relevant political commentary– with small ones– family, relationships, and a parent’s quest to save his child.

Like true spacefarers, the show never wastes anything. If something—anything—gets mentioned in an episode, you can expect it will eventually be important.

Low Point

SyFy has cancelled the show, leaving its future in doubt. Can you imagine, a network cancelling a successful SF show with a huge fan base? And after only three seasons?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6 The visual effects remain impressive. If a few shots seem weaker than others, consider how much this show attempts for television, and how often it succeeds.

My main complaint is the continued insistence of whooshing noises in TV-space.

Acting: 5/6 The show boasts a strong cast. The characters feel plausible, but their personalities prove difficult to define. The Expanse suffers from a dearth of iconic, easily-likeable people. I’m really beginning to like our rag-tag band o’heroes, but they have no Spock or Captain Reynolds or Tyrion.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Story: 6/6 These episodes do a remarkable job of bringing disparate plots together to a perfect, false conclusion.

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, these third-season episodes of The Expanse receive 35/42