A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)

A Legitimate Salvage (The Expanse)

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Never seen THE EXPANSE before and want to get in on the ground floor? Ready for a slow-burn walk through the recently binge-released fourth season on Amazon Prime Video? Let some long-time podcasters, pop-culture journalists and Doctor Who fans join you as we visit—or revisit—The Expanse. Podcast artwork by Antony Johnston; podcast theme by Shahid Kamal Ahmad.


28: “Cibola Burn”
May 13 • 51 min
Despite all of the pandemic’s distractions—we made it, everybody! Join the full crew as we celebrate Ashford’s blaze of glory; consider a season finale that is 10 percent resolution, 50 percent complication, 40 percent setup for Season 5; and spend a…
27: “Saeculum”
Apr 27 • 32 min
Triangle Man, Triangle Man, doing the things Miller can…. It’s a packed action-movie penultimate episode for Season 4, where The Expanse’s theme of interdependence is brilliantly illustrated with gunfights, railguns, last-minute rescues, and an Eye of…
26: “The One-Eyed Man”
Apr 14 • 44 min
We’re back after a long absence and set for the home stretch for Season 4. In an episode recorded just as New York’s governor announced a stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, your loyal podcasters reflected on just how CATHARTIC it was to see the disasters…
25: “A Shot in the Dark”
Mar 18 • 35 min
How would you rather die on Ilus: green microbes to the eyeballs or green murder slugs falling from the sky? (Sorry, we only have options in green.) Jen, Kayti, and Warren also discuss the elegance of Chrisjen’s loungewear, Murtry’s…
24: “Displacement”
Mar 2 • 31 min
Maybe recording an episode at a Doctor Who convention made it inevitable: there are SO many accidental parallels drawn between British TV and The Expanse! Kayti reveals the secret connection between Ilus and Narnia. Chip reveals the secret connection…
23: “Oppressor”
Feb 10 • 41 min
We discuss Holden’s terrible mediation skills, Avasarala’s equally bad campaigning skills, and Alex’s audition for an episode of Space ER. And, left to their own devices, Warren and Jen question how does universal basic income work in this show?…
22: “Retrograde”
Jan 23 • 32 min
This “beginning an episode in the aftermath of a Murtry killing” thing seems to be recurring, no? We establish D&D alignments for a few of our characters (some of us are sorrier than others), explore the limits of OPA governance, and see just how much…
21: “Subduction”
Jan 18 • 27 min
A tabletop showdown “from one killer to another,” followed by one of those killers leaning into the title. Holden reverting to form in dealing with the Protomolecule: “Blow it up real good.” Electoral troubles on Earth. Messing with Aunt Bobbie when…
20: “Jetsam”
Jan 2 • 45 min
We call this meeting of the Bobbie Draper Appreciation Society to order (club motto: “Don’t Mess With Aunt Bobbie”), compare Earth and Mars to Athens and Sparta, question whether Naomi’s operating on stoicism or denial, and debate the Second Coming of…
19: “New Terra”
Dec 22, 2019 • 40 min
We’re starting our walk through Season 4! Which Expanse characters sound like they ought to be an R&B duo, and does that mean it’s time for a BUFFY-like musical episode? We talk about what a difference it makes to spend so much time on not one, not two,…
18: “Congregation” and “Abaddon’s Gate”
Dec 8, 2019 • 51 min
We made it! Just in time for Season 4! The whole band is together to evaluate the season finale and look back on the last three seasons. FUN FACT: Diogo Harari embodies the ethos and consequences of The Expanse’s universe. FUN FACT: It all comes down to…
17: “Dandelion Sky” and “Fallen World”
Dec 1, 2019 • 47 min
Fair warning here: We’re going to talk a LOT about Melba Koh on this one, because even when Clarissa Explains It All™ she is still the most opaque, SIMPLE character in all of The Expanse. On more positive notes, we talk about the easiest work week Steven…
16: “It Reaches Out” and “Intransigence”
Nov 25, 2019 • 51 min
Thirty-five protomolecule scans don’t lie: Holden doesn’t have an infection, he has a Miller! We watch an increasingly coherent Thomas Jane-shaped holographic projection get into an increasingly edgy Holden’s head. Meanwhile, Melba’s feeling really…
15: “Immolation” and “Delta-V”
Nov 17, 2019 • 60 min
The return of a particularly glorious hat. A slingshot racer’s need for a broader social circle. The end of one chapter (and also of a whole lot of mustache-twirlers), but also the beginning of a seriously bonkers new era for THE EXPANSE—one that…
14: “Reload” and “Triple Point”
Nov 11, 2019 • 49 min
Submitted for your approval: Redefining “We.” Determining who the “real” enemy is. Space Con on the Rocinante. The Mustache-twirlers of the Cosmos. Just WHO would make DR. STRICKLAND their commercial spokesmodel? And where’s that Prax-watching-FRIENDS…
13: “IFF” and “Assured Destruction”
Nov 4, 2019 • 48 min
As the war between Earth and Mars intensifies, we ask what kind of leader is Secretary General Gillis, and do we need air quotes around “leader”? Who would win in a fight, Amos or Bobbie? Does ANYONE win when Chrisjen and Naomi face off? (The viewer!)…
12: “Caliban’s War” and “Fight or Flight”
Oct 27, 2019 • 52 min
Our intrepid podcasters generate a truly ludicrous number of multi-camera sitcom Expanse spinoffs, and the Arboghast mirrors reality as brief encounters with Adam Savage are related in both. Plus, oh yeah, we’re only talking about the Season 2 finale AND…
11: “Here There Be Dragons” and “The Monster and the Rocket”
Oct 22, 2019 • 56 min
Bobbie seeks political asylum on Earth and joins up with Chrisjen and Cotyar. We could watch a whole show of these three eating finger sandwiches and swearing. Naomi attempts to save as many people as possible from a dying Ganymede while James “Ahab”…
10: “The Weeping Somnambulist” and “Cascade”
Oct 14, 2019 • 67 min
Listen. It’s hard enough to SAY “somnambulist.” But then you have to TYPE it. REPEATEDLY. Oh, and Gunny sees the ocean….
9: “The Seventh Man” and “Pyre”
Oct 6, 2019 • 45 min
The whole system seems on the verge of chaos, but no one knows which way it will fall. We meet Prax, get annoyed by Diogo again, see Naomi and James use the “L” word while at least ONE of them promises “no more secrets,” and we get a crash course in…
8: “Home” and “Paradigm Shift”
Oct 1, 2019 • 60 min
Midway through Season 2, The Expanse finally makes it through all of the events featured in Book #1, Leviathan Wakes. We can’t imagine not having had Chrisjen around this whole time, so: good job, show! Not so sure about that Epstein vignette, though. Or…
7: “Static” and “Godspeed”
Sep 22, 2019 • 54 min
Miller faces the consequences for summarily executing the protomolecule scientist—by convincing Fred Johnson to hijack the Mormons’ generation ship to destroy Eros. Miller has a definitely interesting career arc these days. Meanwhile, Holden emotes a lot,…
6: “Safe” and “Doors and Corners”
Sep 17, 2019 • 60 min
Season two begins with new cast members, new relationships, near-murder, murder-murder, spycraft, subterfuge, and Diogo. Again….
5: “Critical Mass” and “Leviathan Wakes”
Sep 8, 2019 • 69 min
The first season is already over! We have a name for our pain, and that name is “protomolecule”—as The Expanse takes a turn from conspiracy thriller to straight-on horror. Meanwhile, the nature of the conspiracy—or at least the players behind it—is laid…
4: “Windmills” and “Salvage”
Sep 1, 2019 • 69 min
Many Meetings! Plotlines and characters converge! Holden tries on a “tough guy” demeanor; it doesn’t fit too well. Amos and Joe Just Are. Chrisjen Avasarala encounters Elise Holden and it’s anything but your traditional Mommy Meetup—but Chrisjen knows how…
3: “Back to the Butcher” and “Rock Bottom”
Aug 25, 2019 • 51 min
Backstory, backstory, backstory! The conspiracy becomes more evident—at least to Joe Miller. Pity he’s kind of a jerk! What kind of housewarming gifts do you give to the new owners of a Martian corvette? Naming rights? MORE COFFEE?…
2: “Remember the Cant” and “CQB”
Aug 18, 2019 • 66 min
DEBATE: Which of our detectives on Ceres is becoming an interesting character, and does that mean decreased job security and/or lifespan? Is James Holden becoming James Holden, or is he just Forrest Gump? We get to know what increasingly resembles a core…
1: “Dulcinea” and “The Big Empty”
Aug 12, 2019 • 57 min
Our three-season rewatch of THE EXPANSE begins! Do our lead characters resemble the characters they will become three years from now? Who should be the captain anyway? How do we feel about Detective Joe Miller? What about Amos’s get-to-know-me…
0: Coming Soon: A Legitimate Salvage
Aug 10, 2019 • 1 min
Coming soon to The Incomparable Network, four Doctor Who nerds embark on a tour of Mars, the Belt, and Earth for a rewatch of their second favorite thing in the universe(*), The Expanse. Each podcast will cover two episodes of The Expanse all the way up…