Conflict is ever-present in The Expanse, and in Season 4 it finds a new battlefield. The first footage for The Expanse Season 4 dropped over the weekend, and in it, we get a glimpse of a new world – Ilus. Let’s roll the teaser trailer.

As you can see, we won’t be staying on Ilus the entire time. Besides the Roci crew, we’ll see plenty from fan favorites including Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), Camina Drummer (Cara Gee), Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams), and Klaes Ashford (David Strathairn). We also get a good look at a newcomer –  Adolphus Murtry played by Burn Gorman.

Burn Gorman as Adolphus Murtry

A five-minute clip gives us an even better look at Ilus. We also see the higher budget in action with a stunning view of the Roci as it soars into Ilus’ atmosphere before touching down.

Before we dive into Ilus, let’s talk about Naomi for a second. We first see her in the ship exercising. We haven’t seen this before, so why now? Remember, Naomi is a belter. Everyone else on the crew is either from Earth or trained in Earth’s gravity. The display behind her indicates she’s doing a “Terrestrial Conditioning” program to prepare for the effects of gravity on Ilus’ surface.

Naomi training with a “Terrestrial Conditioning” program.

As the Roci enters the atmosphere, it becomes clear that the Protomolecule wasn’t the only alien life.

Yeah, that doesn’t look natural. Based on the teaser trailer, it looks like some sort of structure.

But we also see the ground rippling during one scene so it could also be related to some sort of alien life form.

We don’t know what’s happening on Ilus, but we do know Belters were already on the ground so there’s bound to be friction. And with Holden and crew heading to the surface, you know the problems are only beginning.

The Expanse is one of the best shows out there right now, and one of the best sci-fi shows ever made. Now it has a bigger budget from Amazon, and it shows. We’ll see if The Expanse Season 4 can maintain the stellar quality of its past three seasons when it hits Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019.

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