#TheExpanse was undoubtedly one of the best sci-fi shows of 2016. Set 200 years in the future and based on a series of novels, the space drama is rife with fast-paced action, political tension and quality humour. Simply put, it's the whole package.
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Thankfully, the show was renewed for a second season and is set to premiere on February 2nd. But with such a complex plot, it wouldn't be hard to forget a few essential details from the first season. If you're in desperate need of a quick refresher, here's everything you need to know before you tune into The Expanse Season 2:
1. What Happened To The Canterbury?
Holden's original ice trawling ship, the Canterbury, was destroyed by a mysterious warship called the Anubis. It was answering a distress call from the Scopuli (later discovered to be an OPA ship). Unfortunately, Holden's crew didn't realize that it was a trap, and most of his crew perished.
While the Martians were suspected of being behind the attack, it came to light that the Anubis was in fact owned by Protogen. The Anubis beamed the Scopuli's distress signal, then blew up the Canterbury.
The set-up was made to look as though Mars had attacked and killed innocent people— a false flag attack. This triggered riots and protests on Ceres, causing violent tension between the station's security forces and the OPA, an anarchist belter group who are the perceived enemy of Mars.
The Anubis was carrying a sample of the protomolecule, and after capturing the Scopuli, it took the crew hostage and contaminated them with the bioweapon. Julie Mao, who was on board the Scopuli, managed to escape to Eros.
2. Who Died?
Most of Canterbury's crew, including Holden's love interest Ade, died after they were attacked by the Anubis. Shed, who escaped the Canterbury attack, was later killed on the Donnager. Lopez and Theresa, both Martian crew members of the Donnager, also died.
Perhaps saddest of all was the death of Julie Mao. The rich girl turned rebel was working with the OPA when their ship was captured, and she became contaminated with the protomolecule. This led to a slow, horrible death on Eros, where she was discovered by Miller. Miller's friend, Sematimba, was also killed on Eros after being shot by Amos.
Due to the Eros incident, the entire population of the Eros space station were killed after being intentionally infected with the protomolecule.
3. What Is The Protomolecule?
The protomolecule is an infectious bioweapon being utilized by Protogen. It is highly contagious, infecting its hosts through bodily contact. It completely takes over the host body, eventually killing them.
At the end of Season One, Kenzo was accosted on Eros by some kind of protomolecule creature that had taken the form of a human. Is this the next step in Protogen's plan?
4. What's Avasarala Up To?
After the suspicious death of her friend and colleague Frank, she found hidden data drives in his desk, which contained plans for a reactor very similar to the one on the Anubis. This made her realize that not only was the United Nations connected to the construction of the Anubis, but Frank was most likely killed to stop the information getting out.
She suspects Errinwright, her superior, and his security advisor, Jules-Pierre Mao (Julie's father), of being behind the attack on the Canterbury. Unfortunately, they're also aware of her suspicions. Intent on exposing the truth, Avasarala's life is now in danger. She's most likely going to play a massive role in Season 2, intent on exposing the corruption within the United Nations.
5. Who Are The Bad Guys?
The company Protogen are the ones responsible for not only destroying the Canterbury, but infecting humans with the protomolecule. They initiated the Eros incident, leading to the death of over a million inhabitants. An Earther company, they have close ties with Errinwright of the United Nations, and Jules-Pierre Mao.
6. Will There Be War?
While Mars probably isn't being blamed for the destruction of the Canterbury anymore — meaning no Belt/Earth/Mars war — Season 2 promises "new threats". The trailer also heavily features Mars forces in battle— but against who? With Protogen harnessing the protomolecule, it's entirely possible that they're going to cause some major chaos in the solar system. Who will fire first?
Are you excited for Season 2 of The Expanse?