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The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'  

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There are so many good episodes of The Expanse, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Salvage" the best, or is "Congregation" your favorite episode of The Expanse? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Expanse are, let's rank every The Expanse episode from best to worst.

The Expanse is set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System and follows a disparate band of antiheroes including United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane) The series is based on The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey. The Expanse premiered on SyFy on December 14, 2015, and after three seasons SyFy canceled the show in May 2018. Shortly after, Amazon Prime Video picked up The Expanse for a fourth season and then renewed it for a fifth.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Expanse, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Expanse episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
 

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Abaddon's Gate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
June 27, 2018

Season 3 Episode 13

Holden and his allies must stop Ashford and his team from destroying the Ring, and perhaps all of humanity.

2
Leviathan Wakes  is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 2, 2016

Season 1 Episode 10

Avasarala uncovers a game-changing secret while the future of the human race might be in Holden and Miller's hands.

3
Static is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 8, 2017

Season 2 Episode 3

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

4
Fight or Flight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
April 11, 2018

Season 3 Episode 1

The Rocinante crew deals with the fallout over Naomi's betrayal while caught in the middle of the war between Earth and Mars while Avasarala and Bobbie hatch an escape plan.

5
CQB is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
December 29, 2015

Season 1 Episode 4 

Holden and crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle while still aboard the Martian battleship. Miller’s partner, Havelock, goes missing.

6
Home is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 22, 2017

Season 2 Episode 5

The Rocinante chases an asteroid as it hurtles towards Earth.

7
It Reaches Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
May 30, 2018

Season 3 Episode 8

An old friend taunts Holden with the answers he seeks. Naomi struggles to fit in. A mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince enacts a terrifying plan.

8
Here There Be Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
April 5, 2017

Season 2 Episode 11

Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever.

9
Immolation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
May 16, 2018

Season 3 Episode 6

The final battle between Earth and Mars threatens the very future of humanity. A new monster is unleashed on Prospero Station. Anna receives the smoking gun she needs.

10
Back To The Butcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
January 5, 2016

Season 1 Episode 5 

Holden finds an unlikely ally. Miller’s obsession with Mao intensifies.

11
Assured Destruction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
April 25, 2018

Season 3 Episode 3

As 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.

12
Dulcinea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
December 14, 2015

Season 1, Episode 1

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 book investigation of a missing heiress, Julie Mao.

13
Cascade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
March 29, 2017

Season 2 Episode 10

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

14
The Monster and the Rocket is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
April 12, 2017

Season 2 Episode 12

A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Rocinante crew against each other.

15
Windmills  is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
January 19, 2016

Season 1 Episode 7

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

16
Triple Point is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
May 9, 2018

Season 3 Episode 5

The search for Prax's daughter comes to a head. Admiral Souther's men plan for mutiny aboard the Agatha King

17
Intransigence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
June 6, 2018

Season 3 Episode 9

The Rocinante seeks a new gameplan as they attempt to avoid capture. Melba's true motives are revealed. Naomi is torn between identity and ideal. Anna seeks a way to stay aboard the Thomas Prince.

18
Dandelion Sky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
June 13, 2018

Season 3 Episode 10

Holden sees past, present, and future. A ghost from Melba's past threatens her mission. Bobbie struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into unchartered territory.

19
Critical Mass  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 2, 2016

Season 1 Episode 9

Julie's origin story ends up revealing her trajectory. Holden and Miller work together as they take a look at a strange emergency happening on Eros.

20
Rock Bottom   is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
January 12, 2016

Season 1 Episode 6 

Miller gains valuable information from a hidden data cube. Holden and his crew learn their host’s agenda.

21
Remember The Can't  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
December 22, 2015

Season 1 Episode 3

Holden and the crew are taken prisoner by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy. Miller deals with unhappy rioters. Avasarala plays politics and gets severely burned.

22
Congregation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
June 27, 2018

Season 3 Episode 12

As survivors arrive to the Behemoth, two factions form over how to handle a life-or-death threat. Holden grapples with what he's seen and the choices he must make.

23
Safe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 1, 2017

Season 2 Episode 1

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.

24
Godspeed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
February 15, 2017

Season 2 Episode 4

Miller devises a dangerous plan to eradicate what's left of the protomolecule on Eros.

25
Paradigm Shift is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'
March 1, 2017

Season 2 Episode 6

Earth and Mars search for answers in the aftermath of the asteroid collision.