TV Club: Never overestimate your chances on The Expanse

The centerpiece of “CQB” is the Donnager’s last stand against a group of mysterious attackers, an explosive, doomed defense full of gunfire, blood, and some zero-gravity heroics. It’s a sequence that comes close to wearing out its welcome but is by and large successful, showing off the series’ knack for finding interesting approaches to familiar scenarios. Lives are lost, the Donnager ultimately self-destructs, and one small group—Holden, Alex, Naomi, Amos, and Lopez the interrogator—flee on an escape ship, breaking past the final kaboom (which hopefully took out most of the attackers as well as the Donnager) with some eye-watering burn.

That’s all well and good. What’s frustrating is what Theresa Yao, captain of the Donnager, says right before she gives the okay for self-destruct: “I didn’t think we could lose.” This is a dumb line. It’s not a dumb line because it …

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