The third season of The Expanse ended with a double triumph: the assurance that Amazon would be his new home, and a finale that's the most exciting and dangerous prospect teased the interstellar expansion. The fourth season is finally here and indeed represents a leap forward for the outstanding multi-level science fiction show.
While we do our best to avoid spoilers (io9 equipped with the first) Six episodes to repeat), a discussion on the plot will be necessary – for those who want to enter the fourth season untouched, we will drop here one:
Apart from a Short Prologue The fourth season begins eight months after the events of the third season, shortly after the ring has opened its doors and a Belter ship is escaping a blockade of a historic, albeit temporary alliance between Earth , Mars and Belt is held. The Rocinante crew of James Holden (Steven Strait), Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper), Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar) and Amos Burton (Wes Chatham) are now the legal co-owners of their ship. It was completely repaired after it was maltreated in Season Three had been with an improvement: suspension.
You need it to land on a newly discovered planet, the first target through the ring that is to be populated. Earth and Mars call it New Terra, but it is Ilus for the Belters who first arrived there – a reminder that in spite of the alleged peace, the intense divisions of humanity are still very much present, which in Season 4 is often obvious as well also subtly underlined.
Whenever there are problems on The Expanse the Roci crew is inevitably involved, so we all know what to expect when UN Secretary-General Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) sends the gang to Ilus. Her job, as she makes it very clear, is not to intervene in the dispute between the Belters and Royal Charter Energy, a recently arrived corporation determined to take control of the planet's abundant lithium deposits take over. Instead, Holden and Company are to investigate the strange structures on Ilus, which are apparently the work of the protomolecule – the dreaded "blue goose bumps" that has caused so much horror in the last three seasons.
Of course, they can not help but interfere in the situation. It plays out as a Wild West story (thanks to Burn Gorman's pejorative, vengeful RCE security chief Adolphus Murtry) as well as an immigration narrative, like the Belters – weary Ganymede refugees, a Jupiter moon is a direct result of Earth Mars Conflicts become uninhabitable – refuse to move. They have never lived on a planet, but Ilus is their planet, and they do not want to give up their resources or their newly discovered freedom.
when Miller (retooled last season by the protomolecule as "the investigator") gets Holden to explore Ilus' billion-year-old ruins and find out who destroyed the ring-builders. But unlike Season 3, when his cryptic mumbles helped Roci navigate through the ring's insubstantial white space, Miller's leadership begins to feel terribly selfish. It is always unpredictable that he refuses to voice his motives (and the terrible phenomenon that takes place on Ilus as soon as Roci comes in) shields him with something new: menace.
The Ilus story, which exposes us to new concepts such as Naomi, a Belterin who pushes herself to the physical limits to see her walk on a planet, introduces some fascinating new faces beyond Murtry , There is a factual Earth scientist (Lyndie Greenwood) whose knowledge is crucial to the mission of Roci . a passionate Believer (Rosa Gilmore) who learns that a purposeful approach to anything is seldom the best way; and Murtry's deputy (Jess Salgueiro), a tough and loyal soldier who teams up with Amos to prove herself capable of recognizing the difference between her boss's bad instinct and what's right. The Expanse has long been known for its diverse cast and complex, multi-layered characters, and all the new characters – including Murtry, who is easy to abhor but far from a one-touch villain – are true to that.
We could really spend all our time with these people on Ilus, grappling with the many themes whose tangled storylines separate from the gray, rocky surface of the planet. But The Expanse has a few more characters to keep up with, and Season 4 somehow leaves time for everyone.