The Expanse on SyFy *Spoilers*

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I've just started reading the first one, Leviathan Wakes, with it having been on my TBR for a few months - the book is great fun, and the universe just feels just right for the screen.

The trailer also looks surprisingly good, so I'm tentatively looking forward to this!
 

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Been watching footage of this, and The Expanse is shaping up to be the sci-fi show to watch out for. Especially since Dark Matter and Killjoys ended up being just okay. While Dark Matter and Killjoys are all about the action of the story, The Expanse seems to be more about the community and how it grows in a new world. The more I watch the trailer, the more I get BSG vibes from it. I think their concept is very ambitious.

The good thing about this production is it's based on already written book series and the authors are executive producers on the show. So that alone has potential enough for them to do justice for the show.
 

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1st episode has been released online via a number of sites, most are US only but managed to find one on YouTube. Looks good although not the fastest start and I really didn't envisage miller being so, well, young...
 

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Impressive.

Dark Matter done right. Even reminded me a bit of Battlestar Galactica.

Exciting to see the Human Race had colonized the solar system all the way out to Ceres. Disappointing to see that greed and war had not been left behind on Earth, but what's a plot without conflict?

The characters are great -- hard-nosed detective with a heart, reluctant ship's executive officer, nasty UN deputy undersecretary. The special effects are believable, from tiny details like how birds might fly on a low-gravity dwarf planet to exterior scenes in deep space. The plot, with its world-building and political intrigue, makes me look forward to learning more in the next episode.



I was shocked when the Canterbury was nuked at the end of this episode. Characters who had just begun to be fleshed out, including "acting XO" Holden's love interest, were all wiped out.



Syfy has pulled out all the stops in its online supplements to The Expanse, including this page:

The Expanse

It's almost as impressive as the premiere.
 
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This is a good show but its not great, something rubs me the wrong way about it. A friend of mine knows the books series but I don't so I can't give you any history on it. However there is something wrong, maybe its the looks yet I like the sets and ships look very nice but maybe Mars should be more of a real space colony, I don't know maybe the look is wrong and it should look a bit more 'red' or something. I think the series might have been mis-cast, don't get me wrong I think there are really good actors in this show. Wes Chatham is strong, Cas Anvar ex-Mars soldier is good, Chad Coleman as the Col is good and the guy playing the Cop with detective hat, a kind of space KojakColumbo is easily the strongest actor on the show, Athena Karkanis is also good but the rest of the cast I can not warm to....I scifi characters like Spock from Star Trek and River Tam from Firefly or Frankenstiens Monster but its the writing I don't really see much in these Expanse characters. there is already so much fantasy, scifi, comicbook stuff out there what will make this series different or make it stand out? Part of me feels like giving up already and another part says I'll stay with it for a while and see how it goes...so far 7 out of 10
 

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I just saw the pilot episode. Very intriguing pilot. It kept my attention and of course I loved the political undertones. The rather lack of technology left me with some questions which they attempted to explain in the arm scene. Although I will never understand this obsession with Anti-Grav sex. Seems to be portrayed in a lot of things lately.

The thing that worked for me was the diverse cast and how the show has already dealt with biology. Since this is supposed to take place in the 23rd century I was happy to see more cast members that weren't white than were. I assume the Ceres residents are pale due to their harsh tunnel-like living conditions not necessarily because of their Caucasian ancestors. Regarding the show's unique take on biology. I feel that it's about time a smart well written scifi show has finally attempted to discuss some of these issues like gravity and how that affects bones or lungs. I really hope to see more of this from future episodes.

Two scenes that were really interesting to me:
1. The scene where the long limbed person was being tortured by breathing Earth Air by that Indian women. That's one I will remember.

2. The scene with Jonathan Banks walking around in soil in his room and drawing crazy things on the walls with the soil. Poor man seems to want to go home and to feel the sun on his face one more time!! Shows how space can really affect us, and therein lies a bunch of problems.

It's a topic that most space-operas NEVER touch, so even if The Expanse may not perfectly explain what prolonged space-living does to human bodies. It seems to address it quite often enough. We are still learning this ourselves. I suspect that if someone didn't like The Expanse they may not have been expecting such complexity from SYFY Channel. As this was the channel that gave us Sharknado...
 
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That was one kick-ass battle between the Martians and the mystery ships.

To borrow a line from Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: "Who are those guys?"
 

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Having now watched all four episodes back to back, twice, I can say this series is better then BSG even if the ship-to-ship battles are as good, yet. For example I've now twice shouted at the stupid martian captain for taking a capital ship - without any escorts - in a trap. And then bragging about her score on killing couple pirates. Anyways, if anyone is in doubt, I highly recommend to watch, or bite your time and binge-watch as this is one of those series that you don't want to put down.
 

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Having now watched all four episodes back to back, twice, I can say this series is better then BSG even if the ship-to-ship battles are as good, yet. For example I've now twice shouted at the stupid martian captain for taking a capital ship - without any escorts - in a trap. And then bragging about her score on killing couple pirates. Anyways, if anyone is in doubt, I highly recommend to watch, or bite your time and binge-watch as this is one of those series that you don't want to put down.
I just finished watching Episode two last night. So I have not encountered any Martians yet, just whispers of them. But I have not been able to stop thinking about this show!!! Will probably catch up tonight. I hate to say it but SYFY has really been crawling back to life as I am now addicted to two of the shows that they have right now. IDK if it will ever become better than BSG because in my book, BSG had the best ending of any show I have ever seen! And that's saying a lot. But even so far it definitely is more complex than BSG ever was because it's not just a big ship full of people. It's a big solar system full of very different people!!!

Having not read the books. I have to ask, just how big is the expanse? Do the books go past the belt at all? Is Jupiter/Saturn even pluto involved?
 

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I think it's funny that everyone online has been criticizing the binder scene in Episode 3 I think. However, if these couch scientists take a step back to look at the bigger picture, the crew has already been through much more implausible things than that. Also, it shows us that the creative team behind The Expanse is none too hesitant when it comes to supposed main character deaths.

In Episode 4. I thought for sure that new cop guy was dead. That would have been really interesting. Still IDK. This guy must be important enough to keep around.

Does anyone feel a slight star wars vibe off this? Without the crew of the ship, it can be almost a gritty star wars. Lost Princess. Maverick Detective out to find her. Young Good guy who will probably save her in the end... Though, this part of the story is not really why I'm watching it.
 

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