What’s On Tonight: The Expanse colonizes the furthest reaches of TV’s holiday calendar

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, December 22. All times are Eastern.

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The Expanse (Syfy, 10 p.m.): The holidays are a generally barren—some people might even say uninhabited and airless, with atypical gravity, if those people were trying to set up an admittedly flimsy space colonization metaphor and weren’t really thinking this through very well—time for television. Few shows willing to colonize these far reaches of the programming calendar, but if any show is going to give it a shot, it’s got to be Syfy’s new solar system-spanning epic. In any case, tonight’s episode sees trouble brewing, as the ice freighter crew is taken prisoner by the Martian navy, and Space Detective Tom Jane (not his character’s actual name, but definitely his true name) deals with rioters in the asteroid belt.

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