Questions tagged [the-expanse-2015]

The Expanse is an ongoing 2015 science fiction drama TV series produced by Alcon, and aired on Syfy in the US and Space in Canada. It's 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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What has Lieutenant Lopez been consuming during interrogation sessions?

Lieutenant Lopez, in each interrogation session of the Canterbury survivors, was seen consuming something that looked like a water droplet. A pill of sorts. Was it a snack, some kind of a drug like ...
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Why are Martians fascinated with the horizon on Earth

In the Sci-fi series The Expanse, Martians who visit Earth seem to be fascinated with the view of the horizon. As we all know Mars isn't flat and has a horizon of its own. In fact, it appears closer ...
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Why is water so rare in The Expanse?

I recently started watching the TV series "The Expanse", which is based on a series of books (I haven't read). The central premise of the show is that water is a scarce commodity. The Ceres settlement ...
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Why did Holden have to kick Naomi?

At near the end of Episode Four of The Expanse, the Cant crew are trying to escape the Donnager before it goes kablooey. Naomi and Holden are the last ones left when the Donnager stops moving. There ...
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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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Why was the Donnager boarded?

In the novel as well as the TV show, the Donnager is self-destructed after being successfully boarded by enemy marines. Even taking into account the later development, the attacker seemed to commit a ...
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Why does the Donnager use railguns at close quarters and torpedoes at long range?

In the fourth episode of the TV show The Expanse, "CQB", the Martian warship MCRN Donnager is attacked by stealth ships. When the attack begins they fire torpedoes at long ranges and then switch to ...
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When does The Expanse take place?

When does the sci-fi book and TV series The Expanse take place?
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What's the gravity maintained in Ceres?

I've just watched the first episode of The Expanse. I notice in a couple interior shots set in, I presume (by political content) Ceres, the producers/director took care to include a small bird, which ...
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Is overexposure to radiation curable in The Expanse?

"We're dead." — Holden, The Expanse episode "Critical Mass" (S1E9) In "Critical Mass", the ninth episode of the TV series of The Expanse, Holden and Miller are exposed to a high dose of ...
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In “The Expanse”, why is ice collected with large freighter ships, not drones?

In the TV Series "The Expanse", in the first episode, about 12 minutes in, we see the ice trawler Canterbury collecting large pieces of ice as cargo, to ship them to Ceres. The collecting work is ...
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In The Expanse, what is the protomolecule made out of?

Maybe I missed it - but was there any explanation of the type of matter or structure it has?
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In The Expanse, how high did the water rise on Earth?

In The Expanse they show New York and also the Statue of Liberty. I know it's on an island, in the show there is a wall around it. How high did the water rise? I think it’s more than 15 meters (45 ...
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How much fuel does a ship use in the Expanse?

So, I've been binge watching The Expanse on Syfy, and I love how much detail the screenwriters and authors put into making the ships and the physics as real as possible in the show. But, there was one ...
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What are the reasons for presumed military tech advantage for Mars in Expanse?

In the series it is stated numerous times that Mars has more advanced military technology, while Earth has numerical superiority. Tech advantage for Mars seems counter–intuitive to me: Earth would ...
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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 is the role of the spy on Tycho in “The Expanse” TV series?

In the books there is no such spy on Tycho that sneaks onto Rocinante and then Eros. Why did the creators of the series add his character to the show?
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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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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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Are there any actual “planets” in OPA?

The third, relatively loose, faction of The Expanse universe is called the Outer Planets Alliance. It's members are Belters, who live on asteroids like Ceres and Eros, as well as a number of space ...
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What is a pancreatic pump?

In episode 4 of The Expanse, "CQB", there is a dead man that gets examined in the morgue and they discover he has several cybernetic implants in him, one being the "pancreatic pump". What would the ...
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Why does Jim Holden have multiple parents?

In the "Expanse", Jim states that he was born in a "commune farm" and that he (literally) has multiple fathers and mothers - each one added a part of their own of genetic material and then they've ...
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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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Does the first season of The Expanse cover the entire first book?

I've seen the first season of The Expanse. I haven't read any of the books (yet). I expect there to be differences between the book and the TV series, as will happen always. But do the first season ...
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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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In The Expanse, how does rotating Eros create gravity?

On various occasions in The Expanse TV series, it's mentioned that the asteroid Eros has artificial gravity. As explained in-universe, the gravity comes from rotation. This is especially mentioned on ...
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Earth living standards in the light of the “Cascade”

In the 10th episode of the second season of The Expanse, "Cascade", Gunnery Sergeant Draper ("Gunny") escapes from the MCR embassy on Earth to see the ocean. On the way, she meets some poor Earthers. ...
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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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Did The Expanse break its own rules?

The Expanse is well known for using hard science, and sticking closely to reality when it comes to things like gravity. But, in Season 2, Episode 6, Paradigm Shift: When they perform that action, ...
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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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How did Bobbie Draper get her power armour back?

In The Expanse season 2 finale, Avasarala's bodyguard tells Bobbie that they have brought along her power armour in their skiff. When Bobbie crossed over to UN lines seeking asylum she wasn't carrying ...
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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 was the “bold move” Chrisjen is referring to in The Expanse - Episode “The Big Empty”?

After the interrogation of the alleged OPA courier, the Belter Heikki Sobong, Chrisjen Avasarala, the United Nations Assistant Undersecretary, is sitting with Errinwright (the Undersecretary) in an ...
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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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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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What was the Donnager's escort doing during the battle?

The Donnager had one frigate, the Tachi, available. The Wiki says that there were more ships. After the battle in episode 4 of season 1 got serious, why weren't these smaller vessels deployed to help ...
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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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Why does Miller appear in different timings between series and book?

This questions contains spoilers for the book Leviathan Wakes and the first season of The Expanse. Stop reading now! In the book Miller joins the crew of the Rocinante before they get to the Anubis, ...
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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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Who actually nuked the Karakum?

Warning: Contains spoilers to "The Expanse" Season 2. In "The Expanse" Season 2, the Martian Ship "Karakum" apparently carries out some black ops mission on Ganymede. It gets destroyed while at or ...
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Question about Season 2 episode 1 “Safe”

I think I understood that a rogue science experiment run by an Earth-based faction got out of control on Phoebe, perhaps on purpose. In the television series: Why? I thought Mars would want to ...
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Why divert the missiles?

In The Expanse Season 2 Episode 5, "Home", Earth fires a bunch of missiles at Eros. After Eros goes stealth and the missiles lose their radar lock, Fred Johnson is given targeting control so that the ...
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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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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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Could the original executive officer in The Expanse (s1e1) be referencing Mark Watney in The Martian? [closed]

I've been following a great series called The Expanse recently. I was showing the show to a friend and we started it from the beginning, There's a scene in the very first episode where the main ...
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What do spacecraft travel paths in The Expanse look like? [closed]

In The Expanse, spacecraft use magical technology called Epstein Drives to travel at constant 1g acceleration (and deceleration), subject to real world physical constraints. This is in contrast to the ...
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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.