Amazon Prime has been showing some serious love to The Expanse since its summer Television Critics Association (TCA) press event, where the streaming service announced the series had been picked up for a fifth season. For a show that was originally cancelled by SYFY in May 2018, the past few months have proven a major upswing for the series – and now fans are getting a pretty cool "variant edition"of the official trailer released earlier this month and ahead of the series' Friday, December 13, return.
Now we're sure by now you've probably studied every millisecond of the original version, so the fine folks at Amazon Prime have thrown in some fun facts about the series with a "pop-up edition" that may surprise even the most diehard fans:
The disappearance of rich-girl-turned-political-activist Julie Mao links the lives of Ceres detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), accidental ship captain James Holden (Steven Strait) and U.N. politician Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo). Amidst political tension between Earth, Mars and the Belt, they unravel the single greatest conspiracy of all time.
Season 4 begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don't understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.
With less than three weeks to go, you might want a "refresher" on the first three seasons. Thankfully, Amazon Prime and uber-geek Kevin Smith have you covered: recapping some three seasons' – that's 30 hours – worth of action-packed intensity in less that 15 minutes – and if you're wondering why the green screen's there?
Apparently, Smith thought he was getting special effects.
He was never getting special effects…
Of course, we don't want you forgetting about this "sizzle reel" of footage released in August:
The fourth season of The Expanse – and its first season as an international Amazon Original – is set to premiere on the streaming service on Friday, December 13.