this better not end up being another "Ascension"
Just finished watching the pilot and I have to say, WOW!! This show is so much better than other sci-fi/space related shows that came out earlier this year. The first show has gripped me and I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the reason. Do NOT pass this up. Must watch even if you aren't a fan of space related shows!!
omg what a cool scishow finally something complex and bold. they say it's the show that's standing up to BsG, but I say it's time we had a space opera that's worthy.also, I'm amazed how many details they can cram up inside a pilot without getting it too overloaded.a big plus for me are the space cam sequences and the sfx are eye candy. a minus is the fact that even today's tv shows can't avoid this trap: there's no soundwaves in space, the vacuum has no air to propell the sound. so why the frak do we always hear big booms and afterburners ? all in all, this is one to keep your eyes on.
This series makes me want to read the books. According to Wikipedia, "The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels, novellas, and stories by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012." You can tell. The story is nuanced, multilayer and intricate. There are Earthers, Martians and Belters (complete with their own patois), politics, a Cold War heating up, an ideology willing to kill people to protect "life". It's a treasure trove of story, characters and good watching. But, it's not for the faint hearted. Because of the depth of the multiple levels, it takes attention and patience to reveal the interwoven pattern(s). I suggest binge watching the first season, so you don't lose the strands of the story, but, now, at the beginning of the second season (on the ScyFi or Space channel), the basic premise has become a solid foundation, that will support the wait for weekly episodes. I gave the first season an 8 (great) out of 10, but with the second season, it has reached a 9 (superb) climbing on its way to a 10 (un-miss-able). Come for the characters, stay for the intensity of the drama.
Pretty good for SyFy. Some good episodes, some filler episodes -- reminiscent of Galactica. Makes me appreciate the 10-second skip ahead function of my 4th-gen AppleTV remote... there's some entertaining stuff, separated by a lot of filler -- 10 second skip-clicks are a perfect companion for "The Expanse", unless you're arthritic -- then you'll wish there was an option to increase incremental skipping. The only parts I'd never fast forward through are any with Shohreh Aghdashloo... she hypnotized me as Dina Araz, the unsuspecting Iranian mother-of-a-terrorist in season 4 of "24" -- seeing her in a scifi role borders on orgasmic. She's a drag queen icon waiting to happen, something immediately apparent with the line, "get him a proper scotch please, Lagavulin"... ;-)
Interesting setting, but the first season certainly seemed a little lengthy and this is why I cannot with good conscience rate this any higher than 7/10. It seems like season 2 is in the makings... Honestly, I am ambivalent towards this. It is not the kind of Space Sci-Fi I imagined it would be. Actually, I am disappointed. Maybe I wouldn't be disappointed if not the lengthy feel of season 1 combined with a lack of imagination or rather a lack of direction. This is because at the end of the day nothing really happened here.
Character development and background is there!The cast's performance is good and doesn't make you doubt them for one moment. The music is... I don't care.The story starts off well but quickly turns into a boring shithole with no chance of a plot resolution/development anytime soon.
I still like it though and I hope they will prove me wrong in season 2!
I've just finished to watch the four episodes, and I've to say, It's been a long time - too long - since I've been thrilled and amazed with SF serie. And yes: this is from SyFy...
If you love Politics, Space Opera and Riots about "Corporation"... You should definitely watch it or at least, give it a try...
PS: I just hope it will continue as it started, I have great expectations with this show.
Are you kidding Me, Syfy!?Y’all dumb as rocks. The definition of what Syfy should be is the Expanse!Everything else on that damn channel is a load of crap. Cancellation was a bad decision and foresee nothing good coming from this for the the Syfy channel. I will follow the series to the next station that picks it up.
So Syfy cancelled this amazing series but there is still hope!
There is a petition going to save the expanse with over 100k signatures already:https://www.change.org/p/netflix-or-amazon-please-buy-the-rights-to-the-expanse-savetheexpanse?recruiter=203377306&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=share_petition
In part due to this petition Syfy is even considering letting it continue - so if you haven't already, sign it to increase the chance that we will see The Expanse continue, whether on Syfy or another network.
Though at first I was unconvinced about this show I quickly started to eagerly anticipate every new episode. It's a really good show, highly recommend it.
Fast paced, visually stunning series that contains politics, intrige, and vivid cultural display of a diverse solar system. Great scifi show!
Thought it's another over-dramatic Sci Fi soap opera, but god I was so wrong. It's probably one of the best Sci Fi's with special effects and close realism I've seen recently. Each episode has good amount of plot and rarely a dull moment.
Can't wait for another season, guess I have to read the books now.
Why the fsck -V would anyone cancel a series like this? Apparently Amazon saved the series, but still, I do not understand.
One of the best TV sci-fi programmes to date, and maybe of all-time since the start of on-demand streaming. Complex plots exist throughout but are still understandable. There are many different groups of people in the show to focus on, including different factions. So glad that Amazon saved the show from SyFy who wasn't renewing after season 3, despite it being the most successful season to date. Season 4 (date TBC) will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Many thanks to all of those who participated in the #SaveTheExpanse campaign on social media.
https://screenrant.com/expanse-canceled-syfy/ oh no!
Syfy finally got the message and has finally produced some of the smartest, boldest proper sci-fi any one could see in years. A very conceptual show, not a big one on characters. I know some people are drawn to different types of shoes like that - definitely one to check out either way.
Not disappointed! A real scifi show, not seen in years, unexpected to come from the (current) syfy channel. But to be fair, it's based on a book series.
The style & CGI reminds me on "BSG (2003)", but "The Expanse" is something new and different. Starts a bit slow, but delivers a deep complex and atmospheric story. Very, very, very good and unknown actors, what a viewer won't notice from the start.The superb screenwriting alone tells a story, but not alone creates this milestone.The cool thing is, it changes the genre and setting a bit during the 1 season. So not just the story alone changes things and makes it interesting. - Spoiler! - As viewer you may first think it's Pre-"Aldnoah.Zero"+Belters (boring...), but through new completely different plot-lines changes to be more mystery and horror.
Thanks! That I did not skipped this show!
The Solar System is a large space in which to tell a story, and yet paradoxically, the story is that the Solar System is not enough. Based on a series of novels, the show explores the premise that humanity is stressing the resources of the Solar System to the point that war and famine seem inevitable. The Earth is united under one world government, which is ruining what's left of the world, while the humans living on Mars are trying to make a hostile world livable. Meanwhile, Belters try to scrounge out a living in the even more hostile environment of the asteroid belt, using Ceres as a base. There is also the mysterious OPA (Outer Planets Alliance). And of course, you can't go anywhere in the Solar System without being approached by Mormon missionaries.
I've seen through episode 4, and episode 4 is stupendous, so now I'm hooked!
This is like the best news ever, The Expanse has been saved!
For the Series, please don't make the same mistake I did! I watched 2 Episodes and stopped watching it for a few months because it was boring. I started again a few months after the Pause, and boy was I wrong at first sight. The series has become one of my all time favorite. But you need to give it about 7 or 8 Episodes.
Great Acting, great visuals and the Story gets better every episode. I'm glad Amazon picked it up.
Save The Expanse - https://www.change.org/p/amazon-or-netflix-please-buy-the-rights-to-the-expanse-savetheexpanse
I guess this amazing space epic is canceled before season 3 has even finished. The Expanse makes a series like The 100 look like amateur hour, and it's already on season 4. Go figure.
What I really like about this show is that it is very realistic, don't get me wrong, I love Startrek and stargate. However, they are really way advanced in comparison to where humanity is now, on the other side The Expanse shows a very realistic future where we could really have in the not very far future :) The Expanse doesn't feature big ships or guns or some awesome weapons, they just show what our existing technologies can be in the near future.
SYFY DON'T YOU DARE CANCEL THIS SHOW!
Really enjoying this. Plot is good and entertaining, also love that they used B-Actors and not some super famous celebs. As a Sci-Fi fan I've never seen a Movie or TV-Show bring up so much love for accurate little details in the setting. Slingshot travel, colonies on asteroids and moons that really exist, gravitational effects, history on how humans develop in different environments. For many these may be small things they don't even notice, but for me it makes it feel much more believable.
and yes, they still have sound in space like nearly every sci-fi. It just helps the effects, but you do notice they've reducted it quite a bit.
I am not liking at all. Can't connect with any of the character. Find it very boring I usually love sci-fi
Absolutely love this show, why it is so low on the ratings I don't know! If you want to see more of The Expanse being made then get on Twitter and Facebook and push for people to watch it. It's what Sci-Fi space fans have been waiting for since Firefly, Farscape and Battlestar Galactica if we don't support it we will lose it.
I've ordered The Expanse books as I can't get enough of this.
Really superb show. It has many elements from many shows I enjoy, but putting them all together in the mix it comes out totally unique. Closest resembling show might be Dark Matter; which is not a bad thing :)
I started watching this series and I have to say it's a struggle. The biggest obstacle are meaningless dialogs. Who talks like that? Not to mention that some actors are mumbling. Otherwise it would be interesting story.
Started reading the books. Enjoy the show so much that I consider it the best sci-fi that I've seen in the past 2 years, and with my sci-fi's I'm usually very very picky because it's my fav. genre !!What more can I say ? I absolutely love the show, the plot, the characters (Naomi and Miller are my two favs, must say James Holden is portrayed a little too insipid for my taste). Also Jared Harris is the best surprise this show could've given me.The books--- well they're really easy to read and just a delight for me. I've watched the whole season1 and started the first book in the series and watched the whole season1 again while reading. And I'm gonna rewatch it twice more for sure before 2017 (&$Y%Q soo loong to wait beratnas) delightes us with season2.So, if you haven't started this show yet.... I envy you for two reasons: you can binge watch it (which makes for a whole new and better experience) and also you're new to the whole thing which I'd so much like to experience anew. Best series IMO !
While not Great yet, I found this show extremely promising. The different layers of politics and the racial hate relations are so spot on, that I'm reminded of the early days of Battlestar Galactica. The Expanse is a slow-paced series, but really picks up and I LOVE the fact that it's not littered with random side-stories that nobody really cares about. It's focused on a single story and does a great job of showing to very different takes on the same puzzle :D
I have to say that I really like it. Especially despite the fact that I found the pilot and the first few episode being ... well, "Meh...".In my opinion, this show takes a few episodes before it's starting to be really interesting, and I'm glad that it the case. Without the exposition in the first few episodes, the complexity of the plot would not be compensable.
After watching the 4th do, I'm infatuated with the show. Acting needs improving, especially from some rookies, but the plot is good. The situation is complex, well defined ( we may not have seen all stakeholders though ) and suspense is there. SFX is high level and realistic. A potential BSG in progress. Far better than Dark Matter , although I still favor Dark Matter over Killjoys which really sucks. Needs to deepens into characters. And help us liking some of them. So far it's too dry. But I the show holds its promises. Keep going !
So Say We All !,
this remnds me a lot of battlestar galactica, and i love it
This is hands down the best sci fi drama since BSG. A lot is said about the special effects which truly is eye candy dipped in a bit of LSD, and the plot which is painstakingly detailed and also dipped in a bit of LSD and they are both worth hours of discussion. But psychedelics aside, I'm here to comment on the acting, which I don't think gets enough credit. After some initial jitters in the first season the actors have fallen into their roles and now are the main hook instead of the special effects. Shohreh Aghdashloo helps cover for newer actors in the first season and her smoky voice remains a draw. Steven Strait strongest performance is in the third season and the last few episodes he is edge of the seat good. Wes Chatham and Cas Anvar performance adds comic relief and by the third season the character development is far enough along that they are coming into their own and really making the show compelling. Dominique Tipper strong but feminine performance is great, Frankie Adams is also standout, and Cara Gee's performance especially the last few episodes of season three make it a nail biter. I could go on about others performances cuz there are more, but the point is that this show is freakin speeeectacular.
I think the movies are nice
The Expanse has been saved! It's moving to Amazon Prime for s4! https://nerdist.com/amazon-saves-the-expanse-cancellation-syfy/
Snorefest.. gave up after a couple of episodes. UPDATE: After giving it another shot (thanks to those that commented on my comment) I really like this show!! Half way through the second season... I went back to the begining and watched from episode one. I can only sumise that I got this show mixed up with another.
If you have liked BattleStar Galactica (BSG 2004), you will probably enjoy this show as well, even though the plot is often lacking and the acting is not always the best. My main critic would be that weirdly enough only north American made it to the stars (with your odd South African/Commonwealth Citizen/Generic eastern European), so the plot is very binary. No sub plot around Earth government or how different factions among the UNN/MCR could push different agenda.
Not a bad show overall.
NB: episodes are usually around 40 min in length if that important to you.
Excellent series. Very believable world. At 1st you will pick a side. But as the show progresses you come to see the pain and reasons behind the hatred and mistrust each side has for next. With the passing of each episode you will find yourself yearning for the next. From the polished Earthers to the grungy Belters to the militarized Martians, the environments and characters will pull you in. Bout time Sci-fi put something out to combat the zombie and mid eval takeover.
Love this show! Just binge-watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix (UK). Look forward to season 3.
In the course of 2 years I started watching the first episode 3 times. Never finished it. Two weeks ago I finally did and binged the 2 seasons in two weeks. Really connecting with this. Even considering starting the books.
Too American/ too macho eg: woman asks man: how did you become a pilot? Macho man says with a glass of booze in his hand: "Biggest mistake I have ever made" after screwing a woman in zero gravity- sickening, formulaic crap
This series borrows a lot of elements (both visual and plot-wise) from Metropolis (1927). Chinatown (1974), The Hustle (1975), Alien (1979), Outland (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1992) and Firefly (2002), so there's not much "new" stuff to ponder about. The plot is hard to follow (and the patois seriously needs proper subtitles) for anyone not versed on the novels. It's an excellent series, but hardly original.
It may be a little slow, however,... It's got Space, Space Ships of all types and unknown lifeform (unknown presently) and that's good enough for any Sci-Fi nut out there.Then the fact it's a series,... which make it understandable being a slow start, plus slow does not mean crap.
You love Sci-Fi then you'll like this.
It's an awesome scify show!!! I'm looking forward season 2!!!
Surprisingly it is not bad, probably trying to be firefly in a way, which is definitely not bad :)
Good characters: a plausible background, evolving yet sticking to their personnality.Good actors: they're all convincing and incarnate their respective characters without any obvious or annoying flaw. Tip of the hat to the cop.Good picture: the metal colors and the blackness of space, the touches of hard colors (yellow, orange, violet) here and there. Looks amazing.Good universe: convincing, with an economic & politic landscape totally making sense.Good science: every tech gear, items, goods and ships are carefully thought.Good scenario: we seem to move slowly but everything eventually connects to the big picture.Good suspens: action, hard decisions, and that mysterious/terrifying thing (blueish stuff, i'll stick to that to avoid spoilers)
Every ingredient is there, and the dish takes: the first season announces a huge sci-fi series. May Syfy and the makers stick to that, and continue to entertain. The future of the show looks great after 10 episodes. 8/10, I almost put a 9/10 but decided to wait a little longer, see if it keeps up.
Since I watch the pilot, I fall in love with this TV series. Very well futuristic "Expanse" full of action, suspense, and more. Let me have more "hungry" to watch more. Excellent Expanse!!
Always wanted a high quality space opera.