Put simply, The Expanse is the best sci-fi series on TV right now. Originally produced by Syfy and then saved by Amazon after the former dumped it following the third season, The Expanse is set in the not-too-distant future where the various factions of humanity face an unimaginable alien threat. The series’ third season ended with mankind discovering the means to travel instantaneously to other worlds beyond the solar system, which — mankind being what it is — opens up a host of new problems.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Season 4 of The Expanse, its first as a global Amazon Original, begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.
Everything about this looks great, right up to that final, wonderfully delivered line from Amos Burton, who — along with the delightfully foul-mouthed Chrisjen Avasarala — is my favorite character on the show.