Amazon Prime debuted the first trailer (embedded above) for the upcoming fifth season of The Expanse throughout the collection panel at the New York Comedian Con’s Metaverse immediately. And the stakes are excessive. Based on the official premise, “The future of The Belt has begun as Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander) wages Armageddon against the Inners for a lifetime of oppression and injustice.”
(Some spoilers for prior seasons beneath.)
As we beforehand reported, The Expanse is predicated on a collection of novels by James S.A. Corey (the pen title for writing group Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), exploring interplanetary tensions which can be breaking out throughout a Photo voltaic System lengthy since colonized by people—principally between Earthers, Martians, and “Belters.” Half thriller, half political thriller, half traditional area opera, The Expanse has earned virtually nothing however reward from critics and its devoted followers alike, not simply for its gripping storytelling, but in addition its wonderful use of correct physics. The third and fourth seasons earned a uncommon 100 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes (seasons one and two earned 76 % and 96 %, respectively).
So it was one thing of a shock when SyFy cancelled the collection after simply three seasons. The community cited “restrictive distribution arrangements,” particularly, simply first-run linear rights in the United States. Fortuitously, the manufacturing firm, Alcon Leisure, dedicated to procuring the present round to different networks, and its devoted fan base circulated a web-based petition (with over 100,000 signatures) to Netflix and Amazon. In the finish, Amazon saved the present; little doubt it helped that CEO Jeff Bezos was additionally a fan.
S4 was based mostly on Cibola Burn, the fourth novel in the collection. Getting access to hundreds of Earth-like planets created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars, and the Belt. The crew members aboard the Rocinante traveled to Ilus, a colonial world the place a dispute had damaged out between Royal Constitution Power (RCE)—the company that claimed rights to the world—and the first settlers there. Surviving members of an alien civilization have been additionally dwelling there, they usually created the Protomolecule that featured so closely in the story arc of S3 in specific. Then there was the onset of mysterious swarms, just like mud storms, solely composed of tiny robots—Protomolecule expertise.
Suffice to say, so much occurred over the course of the season—far an excessive amount of to recap right here. Most related, in gentle of the new trailer, is what occurred with Marcos Inaros, a Belter-faction chief turned pirate who captured the UNN colony ship Sojourner and executed all its passengers. He was captured and stood trial halfway via S4 however was narrowly acquitted. That good deed didn’t go unpunished. In the season finale, Inaros launched asteroids (cloaked with Martian stealth tech) towards Earth, cleverly concentrating on blind spots in the planet’s defenses (“They’ll never see it coming”).
So what can we anticipate for S5? Per Deadline Hollywood:
S5 of the collection picks up as multitudes of people go away the photo voltaic system in search of new houses and huge fortunes on the earth-like worlds past the alien Ring, and a heavy value for centuries of exploitation of the Belt lastly comes due and a reckoning is at hand. For the crew of the Rocinante and the leaders of the Internal Planets and the Belt, the previous and current converge, bringing forth private challenges which have wide-reaching repercussions all through the Photo voltaic System.
Amos (Wes Chatham) returns to Earth to confront his previous and the legacy of the life he fought to go away behind. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) reaches out to her estranged son in a determined bid to avoid wasting him from his father’s poisonous affect. 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 penalties of his personal previous with the Protomolecule, the aliens who constructed it, and the thriller of what killed them. Drummer (Cara Gee), with a brand new crew, fights to flee who and what she was. And Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be relegated to the sidelines, fights to stop a terrorist assault unequalled in historical past.
After which, of course, there’s Inaros’ vendetta to take care of. “With the opening of the alien gate, we are at a crossroads,” he declares in the trailer. “No longer will Belters be persecuted. With this attack, we will show our oppressors a strength they never thought possible.”
The fifth season of The Expanse will debut on Amazon Prime on December 16, 2020.