The Expanse Season 4 Review

Perhaps the most obvious change in the latest season of The Expanse is the show’s move from SYFY to Amazon. And yes, that move does come with a lot of changes: the show is now bingeable versus a weekly watch; episodes are streamed uninterrupted versus being broken up by commercials; and the characters throw out swears like they’re going out of style instead of the mere sprinkling of F-bombs when it was on SYFY. 

These are all significant changes. A whole article could be written just about how the move from SYFY to Amazon impacted the show. But for this non-spoiler review of the fourth season’s first six episodes, the changes that are most important are the ones to the story, of how the activation of an ancient alien ring station opened portals to thousands of planets that could support human life. 

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The Expanse Season 4 Trailer

Next month brings the return of The Expanse, the show that SyFy axed last spring, but was saved by Amazon for a new season. In season 4, the crew of the Rocinante is being sent through the Ring Gate to explore a new world. A group of refugees has already claimed the planet as their own, and attempts to get the situation under control have failed. Now the crew must figure out how the mission went wrong, and what mysterious power makes the area dangerous for any new inhabitants.

Below, you can watch The Expanse season 4 trailer below, and if you like what you see but you’ve never seen a single episode, you can also check out a recap of the first three seasons from Kevin Smith to get you caught up before the show returns. Read More »

The Expanse Season 4 Trailer

The Expanse is making a miraculous comeback this year after being put on the chopping block after the third season. SyFy canceled the series last spring, but Amazon swooped in to save the day with an order for a fourth season. Today, the show made a triumphant return with a new trailer that debuted at New York Comic-Con, revealing what new worlds the crew of the Rocinante will be exploring when they go beyond the Ring Gate. Watch The Expanse season 4 trailer below. Read More »

the expanse season 5

Amazon already saved The Expanse, and now they’ve decided to keep this train moving right along. The fourth season hasn’t even arrived yet – it won’t until December – but Amazon has gone ahead and ordered The Expanse season 5. The series originally ran on Syfy, where it amassed a passionate following. And it was strong enough for Amazon to swoop in and rescue the canceled series.

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The Expanse season 4 trailer SDCC

Fans of the science fiction series The Expanse pulled out all the stops when the Syfy channel cancelled the show last year, and their passion paid off in a big way: after flying a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon headquarters, Amazon Prime Video snatched the show from the jaws of oblivion and renewed it for a fourth season. The cast and creators weren’t able to make it to New York Comic-Con late last year because they were filming, but they all made the trek for a San Diego Comic-Con panel and brought the first season 4 trailer (and a new clip) with them. Watch them both below.
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the expanse season 4 first look

Fans of The Expanse are thrilled that the sci-fi series has been saved by Amazon Prime, but perhaps none more so than the cast of The Expanse. After the show had a brief brush with death following its cancellation by Syfy earlier this year, The Expanse was rescued by Amazon, which renewed it for a fourth season. Production is currently underway on the new season of the beloved series, which you can take a look at in Amazon’s behind-the-scenes look at The Expanse season 4.

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The story of Amazon Prime Video picking up The Expanse for its fourth season is a true fairy tale about fandom, one about how thousands of people from different backgrounds connected across different parts of the internet to launch a campaign, that in a few short weeks, saved the series from cancelation (check out the “The Expanse Lives” fansite to get a detailed account of the fans’ efforts, which included flying a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon Studios and launching a model of the Rocinante — the ship the crew lives on in the show — into actual space).

This story is also proof that hardcore fandom can be a force for good, how the hard work of dozens of dedicated volunteers and the passion of thousands of additional fans who supported them, kept the show alive. “It’s a very strong fanbase we’ve got for the show,” explained actor Cas Anvar at an Expanse Q&A panel at Atlanta’s Dragon Con this weekend. “Science fiction fans I think—and I’m a huge science fiction fan—we appreciate when we are given intelligent, layered and textured stories. And if you try to take that away from us, you’ve got to be prepared for a fight.”

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The Expanse Comic-Con

Thanks to fans’ above-and-beyond efforts, which included flying a plane over Amazon Headquarters, Amazon picked up The Expanse after it was cancelled by SyFy earlier this year. Showrunner Naren Shankar took to the stage in San Diego Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 to celebrate this news and celebrate the upcoming season 4. Check out a video from the cast and our reaction to The Expanse Comic-Con panel below. Read More »

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • HBO’s Watchmen TV series adds even more cast members
  • American Horror Story season 8 premiere date set
  • Comic book series Gideon Falls is being adapted for TV
  • J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi HBO show Demimonde now has a showrunner
  • What to expect from The Expanse season 4
  • A trailer for Animals season 3
  • Fox is adapting a French satirical puppet show for the U.S.
  • The never-ending show Supernatural now has its own holiday in Austin, Texas
  • Mike Myers talks about his strange Gong Show character
  • Jimmy Fallon plans to host The Tonight Show as long as human possible
  • Salman Rushdie‘s Midnight’s Children is being adapted for Netflix
  • Fox cancels Ghosted
  • A teaser trailer for Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C.

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UPDATE: Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have issued a statement, confirming that Amazon is picking up the show: “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show.”

Our original story from May 22, 2018 follows below.

Amazon Studios is poised to rescue The Expanse after Syfy cancelled the beloved science-fiction show just 10 days ago. But fan outcry — and business-savvy producers — may have saved yet another show that was a victim of this year’s merciless cancellation axe.

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