I’m currently busy reading Persepolis Rising, the seventh and latest novel in James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series. I’m halfway through and it’s really damn good as we follow… Well, I guess saying anything would be a spoiler. Massively so for those of you who have only watched the first two seasons of SyFy’s fantastic TV series adaptation of the literary space opera, as what has been shown thus far is only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg as the story (pardon the pun) eventually expands its scope by orders of magnitude beyond anything that has come before. The events that should be covered by the upcoming third season should see the start of that exponential uptick in scale and now we know when it will be happening.
Officially announced and put into production last year already, The Expanse season 3 was held back so as not to clash with coverage of the Winter Olympics this month, however it will be returning to screens in just over six weeks on 11 April. The reveal comes via the latest teaser trailer for the sci-fi which doesn’t really show off much in the way of new footage but recaps some of the events we left our favourite characters on.
According to SyFy’s description, the third season “finds Earth, Mars and The Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control. Now, more than ever, the mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule reaches an all-time high and every decision made could jeopardize the survival of the solar system.”
So to recap for those of you with shoddy memories, James Holden and the rest of the crew of the Rocinante are still busy helping Prax Meng to find his daughter Mei who was one of the kids kidnapped to be experimented on with the alien protomolecule by Jules Mao’s evil scientists. Said protomolecule is now in the possession of Fred Johnson and the belters as well thanks to Naomi’s actions – which is probably going to make trouble for her relationship with Holden – which makes the three-way standoff between Earth, Mars and the Belt all the more tenuous.
Former Martian gunnery sergeant Bobbie Draper has discovered that Mars was lying about its involvement with turning the protomolecule into a weapon and has since defected to Earth and even saved UN undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala from Mao’s henchmen. Then there’s what’s happening on the surface of Venus after Miller crashed the protomolecule-controlled Eros station into it. Strange new structures which defy the laws of physics are being built down there and unfortunately for the team of scientists that go down there to investigate, they become the latest in the list of impossible things the protomolecule is capable of as they and their ship are ripped apart to their constituent parts. That couldn’t have felt good.
And now that you’re all caught up, you can join me in counting down the days until it returns.
Last Updated: February 26, 2018