Never seen THE EXPANSE before and want to get in on the ground floor? Ready for a slow-burn walk through the recently binge-released fourth season on Amazon Prime Video? Let some long-time podcasters, pop-culture journalists and Doctor Who fans join you as we visit—or revisit—The Expanse.

Podcast artwork by Antony Johnston; podcast theme by Shahid Kamal Ahmad.

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“Retrograde”

This “beginning an episode in the aftermath of a Murtry killing” thing seems to be recurring, no? We establish D&D alignments for a few of our characters (some of us are sorrier than others), explore the limits of OPA governance, and see just how much mileage Shohreh Aghdashloo can get out of a bare few minutes of blistering cussing.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Subduction”

A tabletop showdown “from one killer to another,” followed by one of those killers leaning into the title. Holden reverting to form in dealing with the Protomolecule: “Blow it up real good.” Electoral troubles on Earth. Messing with Aunt Bobbie when messing with Aunt Bobbie is STRICTLY PROHIBITED by the A Legitimate Salvage Bobbie Draper Appreciation Society. There’s not a lot of idealism to be found in the third episode of Season 4!

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


20

“Jetsam”

We call this meeting of the Bobbie Draper Appreciation Society to order (club motto: “Don’t Mess With Aunt Bobbie”), compare Earth and Mars to Athens and Sparta, question whether Naomi’s operating on stoicism or denial, and debate the Second Coming of Diogo.

Jen Burt, Kayti Burt and Chip Sudderth


19

“New Terra”

We’re starting our walk through Season 4! Which Expanse characters sound like they ought to be an R&B duo, and does that mean it’s time for a BUFFY-like musical episode? We talk about what a difference it makes to spend so much time on not one, not two, but three planets in a single episode, and so little on spaceships. Also on the docket: the dangerous animal magnetism of Burn Gorman, Steven Strait’s plus-10 modifiers to smiling, a couch-surfing former gunnery sergeant, and a couple of bold predictions from the podcasters who have only seen the first episode of the season…

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


18

“Congregation” and “Abaddon’s Gate”

We made it! Just in time for Season 4! The whole band is together to evaluate the season finale and look back on the last three seasons. FUN FACT: Diogo Harari embodies the ethos and consequences of The Expanse’s universe. FUN FACT: It all comes down to screwing in a light bulb backwards. FUN FACT: We still can’t hate Ashford. FUN FACT: A Legitimate Salvage will continue through Season 4 (with weekly recaps because we can’t record 13 episodes in one day). Be seeing you!

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


17

“Dandelion Sky” and “Fallen World”

Fair warning here: We’re going to talk a LOT about Melba Koh on this one, because even when Clarissa Explains It Allâ„¢ she is still the most opaque, SIMPLE character in all of The Expanse. On more positive notes, we talk about the easiest work week Steven Strait ever had, what happens when you trap two great antagonists in a room with farming equipment, the place of Kubrickian psychedelia in our formerly grounded SF drama, and the lesson Anna Volovodov learned.

Chip Sudderth, Jen Burt and Kayti Burt


16

“It Reaches Out” and “Intransigence”

Thirty-five protomolecule scans don’t lie: Holden doesn’t have an infection, he has a Miller! We watch an increasingly coherent Thomas Jane-shaped holographic projection get into an increasingly edgy Holden’s head. Meanwhile, Melba’s feeling really conflicted about being a vengeful murderer (poor thing) and ships are starting to pour (very slowly) into the Ring. Listen, enjoy, and feel sorry for Kayti and Jen as Warren makes it his personal mission to work Canadian Content into every part of the conversation.

Kayti Burt, Jen Burt and Warren Frey


15

“Immolation” and “Delta-V”

The return of a particularly glorious hat. A slingshot racer’s need for a broader social circle. The end of one chapter (and also of a whole lot of mustache-twirlers), but also the beginning of a seriously bonkers new era for THE EXPANSE—one that blessedly avoided being cut short when Amazon stepped in.

Jen Burt, Chip Sudderth and Kayti Burt


14

“Reload” and “Triple Point”

Submitted for your approval: Redefining “We.” Determining who the “real” enemy is. Space Con on the Rocinante. The Mustache-twirlers of the Cosmos. Just WHO would make DR. STRICKLAND their commercial spokesmodel? And where’s that Prax-watching-FRIENDS crossover fanvid Kayti’s been looking for?

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


13

“IFF” and “Assured Destruction”

As the war between Earth and Mars intensifies, we ask what kind of leader is Secretary General Gillis, and do we need air quotes around “leader”? Who would win in a fight, Amos or Bobbie? Does ANYONE win when Chrisjen and Naomi face off? (The viewer!)

Jen Burt, Kayti Burt and Warren Frey


12

“Caliban’s War” and “Fight or Flight”

Our intrepid podcasters generate a truly ludicrous number of multi-camera sitcom Expanse spinoffs, and the Arboghast mirrors reality as brief encounters with Adam Savage are related in both. Plus, oh yeah, we’re only talking about the Season 2 finale AND the Season 3 premiere. Pound for pound, you won’t find a better value in Expanse rewatch podcast episodes this week.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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