The Expanse Season 2 Finale “Caliban’s War” Review


THE EXPANSE — “Caliban’s War” Episode 213 — Pictured: Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

It really was hard to put into words what came out of last week’s episode of The Expanse. Many characters had some of their strongest moments so far as they have come to fully embrace the path they have each been set on. Not without consequence of course as this week’s season 2 finale of The Expanse “Caliban’s War” will address. While I have not read the books, I do take interest in the fact that this episode is named after one of the books itself. Especially when this was supposed to be the point when Avasarala is first introduced.

Nonetheless Avasarala has already been introduced, kicking ass, though finding herself for the first time caught off guard by a situation out of her control. I like a lot of people have definitely wanted to see what happens when Draper and Cotyar are thrown into the action. The way they set off panic here stung a bit because there was that fear where one of these three might not make it off of the ship. Unfortunately they made it pretty easy to guess who has the lowest chance, but still the suspense made this exciting to follow. Both Draper and Cotyar impressed me because they showed that they can hold their own on either words or their ability to think on their feet.

Now when they said the Roci crew would have to fight to save the ship, I must admit I was a little confused as to what this could mean. All those other ships backed off, they seemed to distance themselves from the alien as well. But one of those two things end up not being as it seemed on the surface. I was actually quite shocked by which it actually was because that is one hell of a way to escalate things to a point where it is anything goes. At the same time I found myself excited here since this position the Roci crew find themselves in will show just how tough their resolve is. They have made it through some tough encounters, but none like this yet. We cross some boundaries here and this is the reason why we tune into The Expanse each week. I mean “Is there a plan B? Yeah, make sure plan A works”. That sums up the atmosphere set here.

THE EXPANSE — “Caliban’s War” Episode 213 — Pictured: (l-r) Wes Chatham as Amos Burton, Steven Strait as Earther James Holden — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

What goes on aboard the Roci gets the heart pumping. You kind of figured things would get dicey, but it was a race against time to stop what could have been the end of the road for them all. I think the only bothersome part for me personally had to be Meng. I do understand where his character is coming from, but you really do struggle with the lack of common sense he consistently shows during critical times. The tension he creates is just unnecessary and you almost wish someone might just space him as bad as that sounds. You just can’t have obstacles like him right now. This is not to say he doesn’t have his moments, but still. With that said, the emotion here hit pretty hard. Everything that happened in the thick of it, and particularly what happens at the very end.

The exploration of Venus was interesting, in fact mindblowing. You ever ask yourself what happens when you stare too deep into the abyss, and they nailed it. I’m astounded each week by how these people push the special effects which put a lot of other sci-fi shows to shame. Not everything has to look perfect, but they sure as hell make the extraordinary pop when it matters most.

The Expanse “Caliban’s War” knocks you at the edge of your seat and keeps you there till the very end. They really played with the idea that no one is safe, and left us all reeling over the idea that for someone this may be the end. On one hand you have our heroes facing overwhelming odds, on the other end you have our heroes facing a threat unlike any they have encountered before. I feel like I would be stating the obvious saying that nothing will be the same moving forward. Excellent writing for this finale, engaging, and most of all visually captivating. As the finale to season 2 I was impressed that they made every minute of this hour count.

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