The Expanse Season 5 Episode 4 deals with the aftermath of the final few moments of episode 3 — and so much more!
The previous episode of The Expanse left us with quite the cliffhanger. I expected there to be some major events in episode 5, “Gaugamela”, but not this many. The Expanse Season 5 Episode 4 is by far the most heart-pounding episode yet! With so much going on, and so much at stake, I become more invested in these characters and their wellbeing than I had in a while.
There are several mouth dropping moments, and even one that got me a bit misty in the eyes. It is a good thing this episode drops by itself, because there is a lot to process about what just happened — and what this means for the future.
Below is my recap and review for The Expanse Season 5 Episode 4 Gaugamela. There will be spoilers of major plot points, so be warned! Read last week’s The Expanse Season 5 Episodes 1-3 spoiler recap and review to catch up!
Warning: SPOILERS for The Expanse Season 5 Episode 4
Peaches Is Back
Something I did not see coming at all was Amos taking a trip to a high level prison called “The Pit” while on Earth. But it only took me a minute to guess who it was he was going to see – Clarrissa Mao, who he calls “Peaches”.
You know, Julie’s sister. The one that attacked them all and has some crazy body mods. While she is being stored in this underground prison where she is given heavy blockers to stop her from using those mods. Towards the end of the episode, they feel the asteroid hit and it shakes the whole underground prison, and also causes cracks in the cell.
A Traitor On Tycho
Fred Johnson and Holden have suspected that there was a mole amongst them on Tycho already. And they revealed themselves in this episode. It turns out that cargo pickup was all a set up, and Zmeya turns course to attack Tycho. The traitor turns out to be Sakai. Not only is she working for Marco, she shoots, and ultimately kills, Fred Johnson.
However, Fred is able to the tell Holden where the protomolocule sample is — and that it is on Tycho. Which is why Marco is attacking the station. Holden doesn’t get there in time to stop Marco from stealing it though.
Sending A Warning
Meanwhile, Avasarala is trying to warn Earth that the reason they did not detect the asteroid is because Marco has laced it in stealth tech — and that there might be more coming. However, no one is taking her calls. She has to call the Chef on the plane where Gao is in order to get through.
Luckily she is able to get out the warning of the stealth teach and Gao puts in the order to move the watchtowers from Mars, to face where these rocks could be coming in. Just then another asteroid hits and Gao and her cabinet are killed as the plane goes down.
Marco has now successfully attacked Africa, Pittsburgh, and Asia, severely hurting the Earth. However, since the order to move the watchtowers went out, the UN is able to successfully deflect more asteroids and stop them from hitting Earth.
A Family Reunion – Sort Of
Naomi is brought to Marco’s ship with Filip and his crew. She assumed this was an order by Marco, but finds out that is not the case. It was Filip who wanted to kidnap her. This gives them a bit of a family reunion, and it seems like that is what Filip was hoping for. Although Naomi and Marco are clearly not getting along.
At the end of the episode Marco sends out a message to all Belters to rise up. He announces they have not only attacked the Inners, but that they now have possession of the last sample of the protomolocule and they aren’t afraid to use it.
Alex and Bobbie see this transmission and learn of what Marco has done.
This episode took me completely by surprise. There were a lot of things that I did not expect to see happen. Talk about jumping into the season with a whole lot of new problems. Although, I guess this is something that The Expanse does, and does well.
I knew Marco would be the main threat this season, but I did not see it coming that he would do so much damage, and so quickly. The deaths that happened in this episode are going to have serious consequences and YES, I totally gasped out loud more than once.
The Expanse Season 5 Episode 4 is INTENSE, in a fantastic way. There is lots of action and there is going to be some serious fallout from what occurred in it. This is where the season takes a turn and really kicks it up a notch — or ten.
About The Expanse Season 5
Season five of the series picks up as multitudes of humans leave the solar system in search of new homes and vast fortunes on the earth-like worlds beyond the alien Ring, and a heavy price for centuries of exploitation of the Belt finally comes due and a reckoning is at hand.
For the crew of the Rocinante and the leaders of the Inner Planets and the Belt, the past and present converge, bringing forth personal challenges that have wide-reaching repercussions throughout the Solar System. Amos (Wes Chatham) returns to Earth to confront his past and the legacy of the life he fought to leave behind. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) reaches out to her estranged son in a desperate bid to save him from his father’s toxic influence.
Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Alex (Cas Anvar) confront the collapse of Mars as they chase a shadowy cabal with ties to terrorists and criminals. Holden (Steven Strait) wrestles with the consequences of his own past with the Protomolecule, the aliens who built it, and the mystery of what killed them.
Drummer (Cara Gee), with a new crew, fights to escape who and what she used to be. And Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be relegated to the sidelines, fights to prevent a terrorist attack unrivaled in history.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.