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Why is water so scarce in "The Expanse"?

Right now there are many people struggling on Earth to get clean drinking water, so water scarcity is a real world thing that certainly wouldn't be any better for spacefarers. One problem with water ...
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Why was the Expanse cancelled and then picked up by Amazon?

The deal that the creators of “The Expanse” cut with Syfy was focused on live (aka: “linear viewing”) on Syfy with streaming happening on Amazon Prime. I am not expert on the specifics of how TV ...
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Why hasn't the MCRN done anything to get the Rocinante back?

It has been captured under the "law of salvage": This has been addressed in the show and in the books - by the law of salvage, whoever claims abandoned vessel in space has the right to keep ...
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What techniques were used to film zero-g scenes in The Expanse?

How was that scene filmed? Wirework and CGI for the hair. Syfy has an "Inside The Expanse" series of 'behind the scenes' videos. In the case of this specific scene, it's shown at the very beginning ...
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Why did Fred Johnson say the crew of the Rocinante was no longer welcome on Tycho station?

... and that Naomi secretly gave Fred the location of the hidden proto-molecule torpedo? Exactly this has not yet happened at the moment of the Fred-Holden conversation (S02E08); only in a later ...
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Why didn't this ship defend itself in The Expanse S03E05?

From the second book, Caliban's War, Chapter 48: “Okay,” Holden said. “That was bad.” “What?” Avasarala said. “What was bad?” “One of the Earth ships just took three torpedo hits.” “It that a lot?” “...
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Why did Melba change her mind?

In the book, Melba get's captured on the Rocinante and has a change of heart basically directly after talking to Anna. In particular, she's overcome with guilt over killing Ren. In the show Melba's ...
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Why was cheese illegal on Ceres?

No-one said cheese was illegal, per se. It's like claiming Scotch Whisky is illegal in Scotland. What was most probably illicit about it, in a society where even air has a price, was that it was being ...
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Why could this actor on The Expanse not simply be replaced?

Because it is unbelievable All movies/series and especially science fiction/fantasy/horror depend on willing suspension of disbelief from the viewers: You know that what you are watching is an ...
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The Expanse and Aliens Correllation

This is not a coincidence - but it doesn't necessarily mean that there's any kind of link between the Aliens universe and the Expanse. These are just the kind of easter egg reference that creators of ...
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The attack on Donnager: why are the attackers risking their lives for this mission?

If you have only watched the first (few) episode(s), I suggest you don't read this answer and watch the rest of the episodes. I don't quite understand the premise of the question. Private military ...
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What caused the battle over Ganymede?

A lot of this goes unmentioned (probably due to lack of time) in the TV series but essentially the battle was caused due to the attack by the proto-moloecule warrior created by the Protogen ...
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Why does Mars work with this organisation for secret research?

Martians are known for their excellence in science and research (stealth ships, the best navy, etc). Why wouldn't they use their own private companies, or perhaps government organisations It is ...
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Do people ever lie in "The Expanse"?

Fred Johnson lies about his status as OPA. (He denies association, as I recall, when he is actually one of the leaders.) Avasarala also lies to her old friend in order to get Mars to inadvertently ...
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Why is there a Cyrillic writing inside the Rocinante spaceship?

I've only watched 1 1/2 seasons, but I think I've seen enough to form a good answer. Throughout The Expanse, there are multiple occasions where you might hear an English version of something, and ...
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What is the significance of this line from The Expanse?

If I'm interpreting this correctly, Avasarala says they'll hang together, Cotyar says they'll hang one at a time, himself before Avasarala so she can watch his hanging. You haven't quite interpreted ...
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Why is she named "Drummer"?

Note, I haven't seen season 5 yet - saving it up to box-set. However I've read all the books several times. I don't think it's ever mentioned, in the series or the books. She was a bit of an ...
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Expanse, S2E10: what song is Alex playing on the ship?

I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams. It has also been covered numerous times by everybody from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Volbeat Alex singing: Hank ...
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Who is driving Thomas Jane's hair and wardrobe on the Expanse?

My guess is that Jane himself is driving his character's look, possibly as a fan of the artists I mentioned, facilitated by wardrobe and makeup people with an appreciation of that aesthetic. As far ...
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Scientific term for "flip and burn"

Something like "retrograde thrust". You pretty much nailed it there. It's usually applied to orbital manoeuvres since we currently don't venture out much further than Earth/Lunar orbit A ...
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Why is water so scarce in "The Expanse"?

Some information missing from the other two answers. The MCRN is in the process of terraforming Mars, and as part of that are taking up quite a bit of the available water in the system. This, among ...
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Why does Florence Faivre maintain a regular cast credit in 'The Expanse'?

I'm not saying there are related spoilers, but I am wanting to point out that by people not wanting to write spoilers if there were any, you're never sure if you get the full answer or not. Yes, I ...
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Why is she named "Drummer"?

It's just an existing surname. That's really all there is to it. You're thinking of one possible origin, but it really isn't the only possible one. Other characters have pretty 'typical' names As ...
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How did Avasarala know who enabled the conspiracy?

It's a combination of intuition and experience in dealing with public servants (such as Errinwright and herself), and Errinwright's lack of convincing defense against her suspicions. Errinwright and ...
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Why is water so scarce in "The Expanse"?

AFAIK the correct answer isn't scarcity. There is PLENTY of water in space. The overriding concern is ∆v. Space travel is energy intensive and requires expensive hardware, and is therefore costly. ...
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Do people ever lie in "The Expanse"?

I found at least one example! In Season 2 Episode 7 (The Seventh Man) at the 23 minute 48 second mark:
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