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The Expanse was a science fiction drama TV series which ran from 2015–2022. It is based on a series of novels by the same name; please use [the-expanse-novels] for questions related to the novels.

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Why is the Epstein drive called that?

Of course it was named after its inventor...but how? His first successful test propelled him into deep space for several hours at an acceleration that was almost fatal. Nobody human was going to run ...
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When ships in the Expanse universe use reverse thrust, does the floor become a ceiling?

In The Expanse ships use linear acceleration for gravity with the decks placed perpendicular to the thrust vector, thus creating a "floor." When it comes time to decelerate a ship would ...
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Names referencing other franchises in The Expanse final episode

I noticed a few familiar names in the squads on the Rocinante in the final series episode. Notably: (as best as I can make out) Alpha Squad - (other than Bobbi Draper & Alex Burton) G. Ackbar - ...
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What does this entry on the Rocinante's pilot quick-menu mean?

In Season 6 Episode 3 of The Expanse, during the battle scene, we see the "PILOT - QUICK MENU" menu on the display Holden is examining: It has mostly meaningful entries (e.g. REP FLIGHT, ...
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What was the maneuver used by the Rocinante in Season 6 Episode 3?

At the end of The Expanse Season 6, Episode 3, Bobby Draper and James Holden pull some sort of maneuver which allows them to hit Inaros' ship, the Pella. I couldn't quite follow exactly what happened. ...
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What is the acceleration for different crews in the Expanse?

In the Expanse, gravity is created by accelerating / decelerating the ships. Humans from Earth are used to 1G, inhabitants of Mars about 0.4G and Belters even less. We've seen in S01E01 of the Expanse ...
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How do the space helmets in The Expanse attach to the suits?

I'm specifically referring to the TV Show, but not sure if the workings of the space suits and helmets are mentioned in the books. I've been rewatching the TV series again and wondered how the helmets ...
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How does the communication in The Expanse find its way to the receiver?

If two persons in the Expanse are communicating and don't know where the other person is, how can the communication find it's way to the target? This goes double if people think the person is on ...
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Was the intro for The Expanse inspired by Game of Thrones

The intro to The Expanse reminds me to the intro of Game of Thrones Intro of The Expanse Intro of Game of Thrones Both intros show ...
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How does Miller survive the acceleration in The Expanse?

In The Expanse, when Miller is we can guess there's a fair bit of acceleration and plenty of G's yet Miller is unaffected by this acceleration. Why? Is it that's able to dampen inertia?
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Expanse S05 Ep. 9: How did Eric know how to change the ownership of the Lunar yacht?

Eric seems completely unconcerned about reprogramming the Lunar yacht and transfers the ownership easily. It is not explained in the show why he is so capable of doing this. In a previous episode, ...
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Why does the OPA need a whole ship to destroy an asteroid?

The Expanse S2e3 Static. Spoilers for episode:
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Why was the journalist Monica Stuart put in a container?

In season 5 episode 3 of The Expanse, "Churn", the journalist Monica Stuart is kidnapped and held in a shipping container. But near the end of episode 4, the ship that was apparently coming ...
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Why don't they put the outer-door release _inside_ the airlock?

I've been working my way through the show "The Expanse" (I'm about midway through season 3) and have just started reading Leviathan Wakes. Both the book and the show seem to have a lot of ...
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Why doesn’t Earth place a garrison on most Belt stations? (The Expanse)

During the current season of the Expanse, Earth (the UN) debates attacking space stations in the Belt with populations around 10,000 in retaliation for an attack that kills millions on earth. Given ...
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At the opening of 'The Expanse,' are Belters nominally UN/MCR citizens?

In either the books or the show, are Belters considered legally to be citizens of the UN or the Martian Congressional Republic? They later become their own nation, but it seems unlikely the UN or the ...
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How was the Razorback able to restart its reactor?

In S5:E5 the Razorback: and in S5:E6 the Razorback: My impression from the books was that once you have 'dumped the core' you had effectively left yourself drifting in space and had to await rescue.
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What are the differences between the book and TV Series for Drummer's Storyline?

It's been a while since I read the books but I feel that The Expanse TV Series has drastically changed in regards to Drummer's storyline. From what I remember in the 5th book of The Expanse series (...
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Was the diagetic music in The Expanse specifically written for the show?

I'm referring to the music that the characters are listening to within the show, not the music that accompanies the scenes. To me, this music sounds more futuristic or something that has been written ...
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Is the Belters' accent based on any non-fiction accent? [duplicate]

When Belters in The Expanse speak English, they do so with a particular accent. It sounds vaguely familiar to me, but I cannot identify it. I'm not a native English speaker myself. Is that accent ...
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How can Earth get nuked the way it did in The Expanse?

This whole episode doesn't make sense to me. Earth spotted Mars' stealth ballistic platforms, knocked down 4 of them, but a 5th launched a missile at Earth before it got destroyed. Earth let the lone ...
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What’s the ownership status of the Rocinante during season 4 (Cibola Burn book)

Season 3 of the TV show clearly indicates that the Mars government want their gunship back - and quite understandably so. That never gets resolved in season 3 because it’s basically introduced as an ...
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What happened during the boarding action in S4E10?

In S4E10, Ashford hunts Inaros and attacks him near the end of the episode. He EMPs Inaros ship and decides to board it, which makes sense, as he wants to capture him. But that's where my ...
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Why did Mars start demilitarizing in Season 4?

In season 4 of The Expanse, Mars is in the process of demilitarizing. To me this doesn't make much sense. Why would Mars limit its military capability? With only Earth and the OPA guarding the ring, ...
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Why didn't Ashford shoot Inaros?

In season 4 episode 10 of The Expanse Ashford corners Inaros and could shoot him, but Filip ambushes him. Filip has a gun pointed at Ashford so if Ashford shoots Inaros then Filip will shoot him. ...
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Why these hair styles among Belters in the Expanse series?

Many of the Belters in the Expanse TV series wear mohawks and beards. Naomi has a mohawk. Miller has kind of mohawk, more like a lot of hair that flops over one side. I've seen many minor ...
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How did Bobbi figure this out in season 4?

I just finished watching season 4 of The Expanse. In the last episode, Bobbi is suspecting something is wrong with the last job she and her co-conspirators were offered. Then there's a scene where she'...
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In The Expanse (TV), Series 3, what is The Investigator talking about when he says "Doors and Corners"?

In Season 1's episode "Doors and Corners", the actual Miller talks about how "doors and corners" are where they can get you, and that one on an attack (or in his case, police action) should always be ...
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Why wasn't speed of particles in engine exhaust limited in the "Slow zone"?

In the Expanse universe, both books and series, ships came to the space where their velocity is forcefully limited. This is allegedly because of alien station justly considered fast-moving objects as ...
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What evidence was presented in the Expanse (TV) that Nguyen was working with Errinwright?

In the TV series specifically, Nguyen's actions (launching the protosoldiers to Mars specifically but more or less his entire story starting with when he takes control of the Agatha King) imply that ...
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Why is there a Force acting on the travellers who were at a higher speed during space travel in The Expanse series [closed]

Sorry guyz my question was not clear. In other movies like Star Wars, Star Trek and similar movies where they travel at light speed or more than that, those movies never showed any kind of force ...
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In The Expanse (TV), why was Thoth Station so poorly guarded?

During the battle of Thoth station in Season 1, there was only I know that However, all that explains is why there weren't more "special" weapons. Why weren't there conventional ships guarding the ...
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Why does Earth need water in the Expanse?

I've just started watching the show and haven't read the books, so perhaps this is answered later than episode 4. There is a discussion in the very first episode where it's mentioned that Ceres used ...
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How do they figure out the lineage of people in The Expanse?

Characters seem able to immediately figure out who's from Earth, who's from Mars and who's from the Belt. How can they tell? Surely some Belters have some really picturesque appearance, but not all ...
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In The Expanse, what happens if you enter the "back" side of the ring?

In The Expanse, what happens if you enter the "back" side of the ring? I have not read the books. In the TV series, it seems like no one even thinks to ask. Maybe it is like this Stargate explanation ...
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Why did the protomolecule pull the ships in towards the "station"?

Inside the Ring the protomolecule enforces a speed limit, and forces anything exceeding it to slow down, producing a purple glow. But why does the protomolecule slowly pull all the ships and missiles ...
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Same actress, different characters in The Expanse 1.3 and 1.9?

I wondered if two non-speaking extras are played by the same actress, and if so if they are supposed to be the same character in-universe. Unfortunately they are not listed in the IMDB cast of ...
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On The Expanse how is asteroid mining accomplished?

In The Expanse, belters are known for mining asteroids - so I wondered how they approach mining asteroids, since asteroids are known for having a a relatively short rotational period. With their huge ...
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How difficult is it to emigrate from Earth in the expanse?

In the Expanse we learn that the majority of people living on Earth have very little opportunity and survive with a basic income in squalor. How difficult would it be for one of these 'average' ...
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What episode of The Expanse shows how the poor in New York City live?

This episode showed what appeared to be homeless people just scraping by in New York City. Any idea which episode this was? It was season 1 or 2.
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Why are there no laser weapons in the Expanse?

The space battles in the Expanse universe look very much like ship-to-ship (or plane-to-plane) fights from the late 20th and 21st centuries; they rely on expensive, guided torpedoes (that need to be ...
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Why did the station only have non-lethal guns?

In season 2 episode 2, "Doors and Corners" while boarding the space station, guards attack the boarding party with non-lethal gel rounds. Its mentioned that they're fitted up more like prison guards. ...
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In The Expanse's Belter Language, what is this sign [pressed pointing finger] telling?

In "The Expanse" the belter language consists of words and signs. While getting interrogated on the martian ship "Donnager" (Season 1, Episode 3 "Remember the Cant"), Naomi shows this sign: ...
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Did Holden just discover faster-than-light communications by the protomolecule?

In the TV series The Expanse, the protomolecule is clearly capable of feats unexplainable by the science and technology that the humans on the show possess: It can make a whole asteroid vanish from ...
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During the Ganymede attack, why did the destroyed solar mirrors/panels immediately start to fall?

I am assuming here that these solar mirrors/panels are orbiting Ganymede, not flying through its atmosphere. Nothing indicates that Ganymede has a substantial atmosphere - it is missing it now, in ...
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What is the significance of Alex's simulation results following the battle at Thoth station?

In Season 2 of The Expanse Alex, the pilot of the Rocinante prepares the ship for a battle with a opposing battleship at Thoth Station by running and rerunning simulations. Through the simulations, he ...
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What is the Belter language/accent based on?

In the show The Expanse (and I presume in the books, but I haven't read them), the inhabitants of the Asteroid Belt, aka Belters, all speak a separate language with a distinct accent. The subtitles ...
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What are these plants aboard the "Rocinante"?

In the Rocinante's lounge/mess room, we can see a round niche on a wall, containing many plants growing from its edge, as shown here: And here, partially hidden but less blurred: What kind of plants ...
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Why internal lights on space helmets?

I'm currently watching The Expanse series, and I noted a peculiar detail that intrigued me. The helmets of the space suits have three internal lights (one above the visor, two on the sides) that ...
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How was Rocinante's laser guidance supposed to work?

In season two of The Expanse, (episode 5, "Home") when a suggestion is made to tag the asteroid with a laser beam from Rocinante. The way I understand it, Rocinante is moving from the Belt; missiles ...
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