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“Nemesis Games”

The end of the season signals a shift back to ancient protomoleculish weirdness in Season 6, but before that a character walks into an open elevator shaft, Naomi’s story has the best possible payoff and the best sequence of the season, and we celebrate “beautiful purple ribbons of death.” And, yes, The Expanse IS feminist media.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Winnipesaukee”

As we gear up for the finale, Episode 9 features some of the most enthusiastic nitpicking your panel has indulged in for quite a while—and we still LIKED this one! But which character do we compare to Dr. Pulaski? What do we think of Marco’s 1980s Thriller look? How about one of the fastest political transitions in TV history? Who coins the regrettable phrases “tready-watery-ish” and “emotional manipulation bellgrande”? Seriously, we liked this one.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Hard Vacuum”

Being a discussion of the collective genius of Dominique Tipper and Cara Gee, a rumination of the finer points of Flock of Seagulls hair, a meditation on a fast apocalypse vs. a slow breakdown of society, and an exploration of the intersection of The Expanse and Kim’s Convenience.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Oyedeng”

We will mince no words in this podcast description: welcome to our favorite episode of the season.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Down and Out” and “Tribes”

Two Expanse episodes for the price of one podcast, as your reviewers get back on track. Have we started caring about Clarissa Mao? Why didn’t Marco go all Khan Noonian Singh on Cyn and Filip? Is there nothing more perfect than Bobbie in armor? And are we getting closer to Holden doing something? Just…something???

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Gaugamela”

As we continue to butcher the pronunciation of Gaugamela, Warren Frey rejoins the team as we debate whether it’s reassuring or depressing that The Expanse’s future is just as screwed up as 2020! We debate Season 5’s special effects, marvel at Amos Burton the Nurturer, indulge in yet another Babylon 5 reference, and come to terms with the fact that the legs have been kicked out from under the solar system’s status quo.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Exodus,” “Churn,” and “Mother”

We’re back with a comparatively fast, character-focused overview of the first three episodes that dropped on Dec. 16, including a couple of characters who can’t help being who they are, a couple that react to a loss of positions of prestige and influence VERY differently, and the show’s return to the early seasons’ three-way political struggle now under a new context: the land rush through the Ring Gate. We’ll be back soon with Season 5 Episode 4!

Jen Burt, Kayti Burt and Chip Sudderth


28

“Cibola Burn”

Despite all of the pandemic’s distractions—we made it, everybody! Join the full crew as we celebrate Ashford’s blaze of glory; consider a season finale that is 10 percent resolution, 50 percent complication, 40 percent setup for Season 5; and spend a disproportionate time lovingly nitpicking Season 4 to death. We love The Expanse, but what worked and didn’t this time around? We’ll be back occasionally between seasons, probably taking our first steps into the printed universe….

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“Saeculum”

Triangle Man, Triangle Man, doing the things Miller can…. It’s a packed action-movie penultimate episode for Season 4, where The Expanse’s theme of interdependence is brilliantly illustrated with gunfights, railguns, last-minute rescues, and an Eye of Sauron. We compare “Saeculum” to PROMETHEUS and of course find the latter wanting, and Kayti gets her Majel Barrett on.

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“The One-Eyed Man”

We’re back after a long absence and set for the home stretch for Season 4. In an episode recorded just as New York’s governor announced a stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, your loyal podcasters reflected on just how CATHARTIC it was to see the disasters on Ilus and in orbit solved with SCIENCE and HOPE. Also: there was a hell of a lot of plot in this episode!

Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt


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“A Shot in the Dark”

How would you rather die on Ilus: green microbes to the eyeballs or green murder slugs falling from the sky? (Sorry, we only have options in green.) Jen, Kayti, and Warren also discuss the elegance of Chrisjen’s loungewear, Murtry’s wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing act, and whether or not we can relate to Okoye’s The Investigator Envy (also green). Oh, and Amos might just be Jen’s favorite TV character OF ALL TIME.

Kayti Burt, Warren Frey and Jen Burt


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