Rating (3 out of 5, if you skip all the talking)
Summary: Season 1 establishes the universe and the characters. The setup is decent, and I enjoyed the characters. As I moved to each subsequent season, I found the character build-up, love scenes, and politics irritating. I started skipping through these scenes, and then I enjoyed the show. Too much blah, blah, blah.
Plot: Earth, Mars, and the Belters are all at war against one another. The protomolecule has entered the system and will change their lives forever.
Details: After Season 1, the relationship between all the characters has been established. In Season 2 through Season 4, there were certain characters or discussions where it was politics or discussing feelings. Aggh. Once I understood the general direction, I would skip over these sections. Probably I have watched too many science fiction shows, and understand the gist with about 1 minute of dialogue. Skipping through these scenes made the show considerably better.
The pursuit of the protomolecule and waiting for the three different characters of Miller, Holden, and Draper to all cross paths at some point is what kept me interested. These sequences are the ones I would locate. It turned a slow 40-minute episode into an enjoyable 30-minute episode.
The main character, James Holden (Steven Strait), is always weepy, as the fate of the universe continually lies in his hand. The relationship between him and Naomi (Dominique Tipper) is a focal point of the show but their relationship is a drag on the show. Why can’t we be friends?
Some characters are fun to watch. Miller (Thomas Jane) and his pursuit of Julie from his position as a detective in outer space hooked me into “The Expanse.” Naomi’s sidekick is Amos (Wes Chatham). Amos is a ruthless killer, but for good not evil, which makes for an entertaining character. He and Alex (Cas Anvar) add the humor to the crew of the Rocinante.
Finally, James, Naomi, Alex, and Amos cross paths with Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) the marine from Mars. Her character evolves as she learns the truth about Mars, Earth, and the protomolecule, but she always stays true to her core. I wish she had ended up on the Rocinante, but hey, we have to develop the plot line for season 5.
Overall, this is a decent enough Sci-Fi series for you to watch. Nothing terribly surprising but a decent story. Be prepared to skip through all the plot development.