The Expanse Season 6 Review: Amazon Prime Video Unveils Last Season

This six-part season brief, which contains so much of what makes this show great, feels like a precursor to an early ending.

Throughout its six seasons as one of the best sci-fi TV shows in recent memory, “The Expanse” has always seemed to thrive on some extreme. From basic cable origins to running Prime Video for three years, the show has been at its best when either it’s at rest or when its characters are in total turmoil.

From a purely logistical point of view, no other series has such a full sense of the mechanics of its world as ‘Extension’. Much of that comes from his source, books written by James S. Corey, pseudonym for the writing team Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank (who also writes a large portion of the scripts for the new sixth season). Established geopolitical relationships between the citizens of Earth, Mars, and the belt complement the tactile nature of the resources and equipment needed to navigate between (and beyond) those locations. From language to clothing to various cultural hubs, Extension has created an interplanetary framework for all those who navigate it.

In the past few seasons, as the show has replaced one all-out threat with another, we haven’t lost sight of the fact that all of these parts of our physical and psychological connective tissue are extremely vulnerable. When the mysterious power of the elemental molecule gives way to a bloodthirsty revolution at any cost, Extension maintains the ability to draw drama on a massive cosmic canvas.


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This persistent ability to live on both sides of the galactic spectrum makes Season 6 of “The Extension” an intriguing object. For over a year, the official line has been that this is the show’s final season on Prime Video. Shorter in length — six episodes as opposed to the 10 or even 13 episodes of the past — the show was then left to negotiate a tough landing. There are four other novels of material left in mind, working without a central cast member, written at the end of last season.

However, it would be an exaggeration to say that Season 6 is nothing like the “Extension” season. In a major way, the show picks up right where it left off, with the surviving members of Rocinante’s crew returning to work as a unit once again. Holden (Stephen Strait) and Naomi (Dominic Tepper) are back in search of the aforementioned agent of Space Chaos, Marco Inarus (Keown Alexander), for reasons beyond the prospect of the end of an escalating war. The always-reliable Amos (Wes Chatham) manages to argue for reliable girlfriend Clarissa Maw (Nadine Nicole) as a temporary crew member, despite her rocky history with just about everyone else on board. The chemistry of this long-running group is “extension” at its best, with the actors easily manipulating linguistic jargon and making sense of the larger story that unfolds beyond the walls of their ship.

Where the booths of “The Expanse” in Season 6 are elsewhere. Show is no stranger to putting pieces in place for a climax showdown, but usually those goals in a longer season have room to spread out and add to the overall momentum. Here, aside from some of the circumstances surrounding that confrontation, it’s not hard to see which path things are headed. On the way there, a good portion of Season 6’s running time remains stuck in some sort of middle ground between the two regions where the show excels.

Marco has been painted from the start as a tyrant, disguising himself in a certain kind of demagoguery. His talking and dispensing wisdom of his moody son, Phillip (Jasay Chase Owens), makes the show seem like it’s in sentimental contract fashion. The momentary setbacks of Marco’s Free Navy do nothing to humiliate him or dissuade him from this futuristic reality tantamount to going nuclear. When he’s not barking commands, he’s thinking. It’s consistent, but with a more compressed timeframe for the show to work, the planning and strategies can’t help but feel like a show focusing its attention away from its strengths.

Wes Chatham stars in THE EXPANSE


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General Secretary Krisjen Avasarala happens to be one of those, an established figure in this world, and aided by a performance of Aghdashloo’s fame, thorny diplomacy gives some dramatic weight. There is not much Earth left after the eruption of rock-based rocks continues to wipe out the planet’s population. (In what is arguably the series’ most exciting sequence to date, the entire goal was to get as far away from the venue as possible.) However, in execution, there’s a consideration of cost, sacrifice, and goodness—not to mention more being present in this season of Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams). ) – which elevates these Avasarala scenes beyond simple decision room diversions.

Season six is ​​not without flair. A continuum of cold opens across all six episodes, telling the story of a girl on a distant planet whose fate may have far-reaching implications. One particular 360-degree reintroduction to the exterior of the Roci shows the kind of creative access to display that, in many ways, isn’t content with comfort. Determining the detail of the structure’s maintenance and even the silence of the void in the space are all part of the building blocks that make The Extension worth the ride.

Among the multi-level battles and relaxed dinner conversations that seem to extend far from both ends of the scene, there is an overwhelming feeling that this just isn’t quite right for “The Expanse.” If this was a farewell to the inhabitants of Roci and the worlds you race through, it would be too soon. It’s not exactly an unfinished business, but this season—particularly the last two episodes—features the confidence of a show that’s had six seasons and still doesn’t feel off-putting, no matter what any official announcement might say.

Grade: B +

Season 6 of “The Expanse” premieres Friday, December 10 on Amazon Prime Video. New episodes will air every Friday until January 14, 2022.

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