The WORST Episodes of The Expanse

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Network: Amazon

Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized solar system, police detective Josephus Miller is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Joining his task is James Holden, former first officer of an ice freighter who is involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Far from their struggles in space, United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon the three find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

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The Big Empty

#1 - The Big Empty

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 15, 2015

Holden and crew are trapped in a badly damaged shuttle. On Ceres, Miller uncovers clues about Julie Mao. On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala questions a terrorist.

star 7.45
7,775 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus
Dulcinea

#2 - Dulcinea

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 14, 2015

In the outer solar system near Saturn, James Holden and the crew of the ice freighter Canterbury investigate a distress call from a mysterious derelict ship, the Scopuli. On Ceres Station, Detective Miller begins an off-the-books investigation of a missing heiress, Julie Mao.

star 7.51
9,814 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus
Windmills

#3 - Windmills

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 19, 2016

Holden and his crew face a Martian military blockade. Miller finds a new reason to forge ahead. Avasarala visits Holden’s family.

star 7.53
6,079 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck
Remember the Cant

#4 - Remember the Cant

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 22, 2015

While Avasarala plays a dangerous game of politics, Holden and his crew begin to turn on one another while held captive by the Martian Navy.

star 7.53
6,996 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Robin Veith
Back to the Butcher

#5 - Back to the Butcher

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 5, 2016

The crew has survived the loss of the Canturbury and the Donnager and are contacted by an unlikely ally. Miller, on Ceres, continues his investigation and his thoughts of a conspiracy grow.

star 7.54
6,551 votes
Writers: Dan Nowak
Rock Bottom

#6 - Rock Bottom

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 12, 2016

Holden's team makes an uneasy alliance with Fred Johnson while Miller fights for his life against Anderson Dawes' thugs.

star 7.57
6,307 votes
Writers: Jason Ning
The Weeping Somnambulist

#7 - The Weeping Somnambulist

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 22, 2017

Bobbie becomes a political pawn in the struggle between Earth and Mars.

star 7.71
5,835 votes
Directors: Mikael Salomon
Writers: Hallie Lambert
Safe

#8 - Safe

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 1, 2017

Unlikely allies Joe Miller and the crew of the Rocinante led by Jim Holden uncover more about the conspiracy to release the protomolecule on Eros station.

star 7.72
6,618 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus
Pyre

#9 - Pyre

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 15, 2017

Naomi tracks down signs of the protomolecule; Fred Johnson's control over the OPA collapses.

star 7.74
5,855 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Robin Veith
The Seventh Man

#10 - The Seventh Man

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 8, 2017

Preparations for the Earth/Mars peace conference tighten the tension on Errinwright.

star 7.74
6,064 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Georgia Lee
Exodus

#11 - Exodus

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 16, 2020

Holden tries to convince Fred Johnson to destroy the last sample of protomolecule. Naomi gets an important lead to her son. On Luna, Avasarala begins to hunt for Marco Inaros.

star 7.75
1,721 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Naren Shankar
Strange Dogs

#12 - Strange Dogs

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 10, 2021

The tensions of war threaten to pull the Rocinante crew apart when they make a startling discovery on an asteroid. Avasarala and Bobbie contend with the devastration on Earth as Marco's rocks continue to rain down. In the Belt and on the run, Drummer and her family must make a heartbreaking decision. On Ceres, Marco and Filip's struggles turn inward.

star 7.77
675 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Naren Shankar
Oppressor

#13 - Oppressor

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

As tensions on Ilus reach a boiling point, Holden reveals a secret. Avasarala debates Nancy Gao. An emergency on the Roci forces Alex and Naomi into action.

star 7.78
1,996 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck
Retrograde

#14 - Retrograde

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Drummer and Ashford confront a dangerous person from Naomi’s past. Murtry hunts down a target. Bobbie’s makes a life-changing confession.

star 7.81
2,017 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Matthew Rasmussen
A Shot in the Dark

#15 - A Shot in the Dark

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Naomi and Alex work to keep the Barbapiccola in orbit amidst a power outage. Avasarala faces a tough decision. Holden and Elvi race to find a cure for a disease spreading on Ilus.

star 7.82
1,966 votes
Directors: Sarah Harding
Writers: Dan Nowak
Tribes

#16 - Tribes

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 6, 2021

Holden and the Roci go on the hunt. Amos and Clarissa seek shelter on a devastated Earth. Bobbie and Alex fight a desperate battle. Marco makes Drummer an offer she can't refuse. Avasarala returns to a position of power.

star 7.83
1,608 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Hallie Lambert
Cascade

#17 - Cascade

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 29, 2017

Holden leads his crew through the war-torn station on Ganymede.

star 7.83
5,753 votes
Directors: Mikael Salomon
Writers: Dan Nowak
Hard Vacuum

#18 - Hard Vacuum

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 20, 2021

Amos returns to Baltimore with Clarissa. On Luna, Avasarala's alliances begin to shift. Alone and adrift, Naomi becomes a deadly lure.

star 7.84
1,561 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Dan Nowak
Static

#19 - Static

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 8, 2017

Holden and Miller butt heads about how the raid was handled.

star 7.84
6,246 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Robin Veith
Salvage

#20 - Salvage

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 26, 2016

A derelict vessel holds a potentially devastating secret. Holden and his crew cross paths with Miller on Eros. Avasarala receives bad news.

star 7.85
6,198 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
Writers: Robin Veith
Churn

#21 - Churn

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 16, 2020

Holden and Fred deal with infiltrators on Tycho. Drummer's past comes back to haunt her. Amos returns to Baltimore. Alex and Bobbie's investigation on Mars leads to rogue soldiers.

star 7.86
1,625 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck
Subduction

#22 - Subduction

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

New alien threats emerge on Ilus as Naomi battles health challenges on the planet. Bobbie searches for a missing person on Mars. Avasarala faces a new challenge in the UN.

star 7.86
2,074 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Dan Nowak
Winnipesaukee

#23 - Winnipesaukee

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 27, 2021

Amos, Clarissa, and a gang of thieves work together to leave Earth. Avasarala tries to head off a brutal military strike. Drummer's new family bonds are tested as Naomi's life hangs in the balance.

star 7.88
1,562 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck
Oyedeng

#24 - Oyedeng

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 13, 2021

Naomi makes a desperate attempt to save her son from Marco. On the Roci, Holden battles for the last sample of protomolecule.

star 7.88
1,620 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Dan Nowak
Assured Destruction

#25 - Assured Destruction

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 2018

Earth strategizes a costly ploy to gain advantage in the war against Mars. Anna struggles to convince Sorrento-Gillis to do the right thing. Avasarala and Bobbie seek refuge aboard the Rocinante.

star 7.89
3,850 votes
Writers: Dan Nowak