The Expanse (2022) – Why We Fight, and Babylon’s Ashes

Here we go, the last two episodes of the epic series, The Expanse, and it’s not going to let up until the last second. Why We Fight was written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, known collectively as James S.A. Corey, the authors of The Expanse novel series. It first dropped on Prime on 7 January, 2022.

While Amos (Wes Chatham) and Bobbie (Frankie Adams) enjoy some downtime on Ceres, Holden (Steven Strait) and Naomi (Dominique Tipper) find out what is triggering certain ships to go missing when transiting the gates.

Holden takes the info to Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) believing that if they can present it to Inaros (Keon Alexander), they may find a peaceful accord and turn their attention to this problem which not only threatens the gates but possibly humanity.

On Laconia, strange things are still afoot, and no matter how they play out in the final episode, we definitely aren’t getting the full story there like we did in the novels.

Drummer (Cara Gee) arrives at Ceres Station to help in the relief efforts, but Chrisjen sees this as an opportunity to recruit Drummer and bring some of the Belters to their side in the fight against Inaros.

Chrisjen reveals that with the rail guns set up on the gate station, Inaros may be unstoppable, and definitely controls the gates.

But everyone is preparing for their final moves, in a game that is about to end. Here we go folks, the final episode of The Expanse…

Babylon’s Ashes closed out the series on 14 January, 2022. It was written by Abraham, Franck, and Naren Shankar.

The lines are drawn as Earth, Mars and some of the Belt come together to throw together their final battle against Inaros.

On Laconia, the protomolecule, the strange dogs, and more lead to some stunning reveals. The series has been stunning from the get-go, and despite the fact that we didn’t get the whole story, we got an amazing adaptation, often involving the original writers to keep the story faithful and on track.

There are shocks, twists, reveals, and there are some fantastic story and character beats, something the series and the novels have always excelled at. It ends wonderfully, leaving us wondering about how they would have continued the Laconia story, and all the things the readers know were going to happen, but this brief sojourn with them was enough.

I’ve loved travelling with the Rocinante crew both through pages and on screen. It’s smart, well-written, and oh so much fun. I’m sorry it had to end before the story was over, but it’s wrapped up as well as it can be and shows how hard sci-fi space opera can thrive on the small screen.

Man, I loved this series (books and show).


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