I am having trouble finding words to describe exactly how excited I am about The Expanse!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here I am. All fired up!
This space opera could be the next big thing since Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)!
It seems to be the answer to all my prayers. If I prayed. Which I do not. But if I did, I would pray for something like this.
I am a huge scifi fan and there has been a serious lack in the space-opera-on-TV since BG.
I even tried Dark Matter (2015-), but it did not hook me. DM is scheduled for a season two, so I might pick it up again, but it is not likely to happen anytime soon.
I gave Killjoys (2015-) a try. A choice I do not regret. If you are into fun-loving, high-tech, guns blazing, and adventurous scifi, you will not regret watching it! Season two is already scheduled.
Now I crave something more complex with depth.
The Expanse is a serious contestant in winning me over, as the scifi slut I am. Four episodes in, it promises a lot and I am certainly intrigued. Belly up and all.
It is based on a series of novels called The Expanse by James S. A. Corey. There is actually a duo hiding behind the pen name, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first one in the series is Leviathan Wakes from 2011, so it is relative new. They have released five novels and counting.
More delightful, the Syfy channel is responsible for this bowl of goodness.
It is about time that the channel sheds its lame, low production escapist B-movie status. The channel did give us cheesy movies like Sharktopus (2010) and Sharknado (2013). And, yet again give us pompous space opera dramas like they did with BG.
Honestly, the trailer is kinda meh. After watching the first four episodes (of 10 total), I do not feel it represents the show fairly. So I beg you, see episode one instead.
The first episodes paints a big picture with broad strokes, introducing a well of characters and plotlines with little information to go on. Characters die at a rapid rate and I am guessing blindly who will be the remaining main cast.
Three characters stands out though.
Police detective Joe Miller, played by Thomas Jane (Punisher from the movie with the same name and Ray Drecker from Hung) is on a missing woman assignment while his home world Ceres erupts into chaos.
Ship Officer Jim Holden, played by Steven Strait (D’Leh from 10,000 BC and the forever hunky Warren Peace in Sky High) quickly finds himself and crew sole survivors of an attack, with failing air supply and the enemy close by.
Action, drama, survival, terrorists, space travel, technobabble, mystery, political thrills, secrets, military strategies, culture clashes, tech noir, explosions, conspiracies, you name it!
A 13- episode second season is already scheduled to air early 2017.
I cannot wait!