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The Expanse - Syfy
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Officially starts in December, but Syfy put the first episode up on Youtube a couple days ago





I'm on board. I'm unfamiliar with the books, but this looks like it'll finally fill the Battlestar Galactica shaped hole in my TV sci-fi, and hey, Tom Jane in a thing again.

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#2

Looks pretty good, and I like the cast. The fact that it's a SyFy production dims my excitement, though. I don't think I've particularly liked anything they've done outside the Battlestar Galactica universe.



EDIT: Oh! I thought that was the trailer I'd already seen, but it's a full episode. Will give it a watch later!

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#3
AIt's definitely a step in the right direction if they want to get back to being more SciFi than Syfy.
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#4

I was already IN because of the books (which are pretty damned great), but that pilot episode hit all of the right notes for me.  Loved it.  I'm totally on board with great enthusiasm now.

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#5
AThe dreaded "This video is not available in you country" but this has Thomas Jane playing a shady P.I. in some kind of mysterious space horror show right? How could I not be in for this.
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#6
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Originally Posted by dude hallenbeck View Post

The dreaded "This video is not available in you country" but this has Thomas Jane playing a shady P.I. in some kind of mysterious space horror show right? How could I not be in for this.


Not only that, but Jane was knocking it out of the park in the footage that I watched.  He's gonna fucking OWN this in a major way.

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#7

Finally got around to watching this and was quite impressed, not only because it didn't look like your typical cheap SyFy show and the acting was pretty decent, but because it actually seems to be fairly well written. It's obviously hard to judge a show based on just one episode, but this definitely left me wanting more which a lot of pilots fail to do. 

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#8
AHow did you watch it, Saxon? Can't find it on UK Youtube.
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#9

Just watched this...not bad.



Good production values, writing, acting....interesting story/world building.



I'm interested to see where it's headed. Hopefully, the quality will remain consistent.

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#10
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Originally Posted by Bluelouboyle View Post

How did you watch it, Saxon? Can't find it on UK Youtube.


I have the ProxFlow extension on my Chrome, so I no longer get those annoying "It's not available in your country" messages on Youtube. Watched it right here on good ol' CHUD!

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#11

For those of you who have read the series and seen the pilot, I heard they mixed a lot of book one and book two into the first "season".. I've only read the first book. Should I try to finish the second before watching the pilot?

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#12
AI've been wowed. That was some good shit, Maynard.
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#13

I second that. It's been a long time since there's a been hard science fiction on TV and that first episode was the bee's knees.

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#14

I'm in.


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#15
AOne thing I loved was the large crack in Jane's character's phone-thingy. That one little detail went a long way in establishing versimilitude for me.

I really dig the opening credits as well.
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#16

I read the books and liked (but not loved) them.



Only Battlestar has really shone for me in terms of its effects on Syfy. This looks...okay. Too much exposition for my liking, although that might have been unavoidable.



That said, small things like the cracked phone and lots of skinny, lanky people helped sell the idea of this used world. I thought the hovering bird was pretty cool, too.



Hi, Jonathan Banks! Bye, Jonathan Banks!



For me that intro scene was a wasted opportunity. Perhaps the series wants to keep what's going on really mysterious, but while the book's opening was the same scene, the way it was described was really unnerving.

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#18
AI've found myself mumbling "Veek beltah bohns" way too much since Monday.
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#19

3rd episode- maintaining pretty good level of drama, production value and writing.



I'm digging this more and more, although I do sometimes wish there were subtitles.




Also.... we get to see Lane Pryce and Windom Earle show up.  : )




 

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#20

I was just coming on here to talk after watching the first 4 episodes that are out. For those that don't know, the first 4 episodes are On Demand for cable and at Syfy's website. Each new episode makes me like this show more and more. There's an especially shocking death in the 4th episode that made me smile



The detail being put towards the differences between the societies from each location is great. I got the impression that they're saying that Mars is Communist, even if they never call it that. I remember reading in another sci-fi book about a future Martian society that was Communist. The show keeps expanding the overall world/perspective each episode but it doesn't feel like we're about to be overwhelmed with too much stuff.



Here's a question: how would chewers line up in the show's societies, Earther / Martian / OPA? Put me down for OPA since I'm a sucker for the underdog.



Now let me go see if The Magicians will be worth any my time.

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#21

pretty show






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#22
AOf course there would be space mormons.

Despite being stuck to a wall, I'm thinking Havelock will still be around. Right? I was starting to care about the relationship between him and the belter girl and it seems too early to kill him off . . . we're still learning about Ceres culture through him.
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#23
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Now let me go see if The Magicians will be worth any my time.


Early reviews say no, which is disappointing.

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#24

Just finished watching the fourth episode online, and it leaves off at a good point. The first book really gets going at that point (main plot anyway) so I'm happy to see where it goes from here.

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#25
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Early reviews say no, which is disappointing.


I'm still gonna watch tonight! After my family's asleep. So, just in case, I can cry alone in my disappointment.



The space Mormons made me laugh, but then I got annoyed because of course they'd still be around hundreds of years from now.

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#26
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I'm still gonna watch tonight! After my family's asleep. So, just in case, I can cry alone in my disappointment.



The space Mormons made me laugh, but then I got annoyed because of course they'd still be around hundreds of years from now.



heh....space mormons.



This makes the BSG comparisons slightly more amusing as Glen A Larson, the guy that created the original BSG was a Mormon himself. (Kobol = Kolob)

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#27
AFour episodes in, and it does feel like it's finding it's feet. I like the tension among the remaining crew (I don't recall them being this antagonistic in the book) and only slowly beginning to cooperate.

And the arrogance of the Martian navy being replaced by shock as they realised they are the ones on the receiving end of an arse kicking was nice too.

Let's go tilt at some windmills!
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#28

I haven't seen a space battle done that well on TV in a long time.  Fantastic stuff.

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#29
ADr. Feelgood NOOOOOOOOO! Swear to god, that gave me royal pains.

Is the Martian interrogator going to be a regular now?
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#31

Not sure about this show, maybe it would have worked better as a toon or video game? I like the fx and ships but don't know about the casting, it has some potential to be something but there seems to be a problem maybe with the story telling?  Out the episodes, I still find no characters significantly interesting or likable so far. The 'Punisher' actor playing the cop is good and so is the girl and latino cop with him, I think two of the older guys on the ship are acted well but the rest of the cast I don't like, I am not feeling anything at all from them. The cast don't seem to have chemistry and that is a very bad sign. A question for those of you who know the books? Is it going to pick up any time soon?

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#32

13 more.....


http://deadline.com/2015/12/the-expanse-...201674459/

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#33

It seems to have a lot of good ingredients but the story isn't gelling as a whole yet. I'll keep watching to see if it does but it all feels a little disjointed at the moment. The Earth scenes feel the weakest for me, I'm not digging that actress at all. The environment they've built around Tom Jane's character is so rich with ideas that it could sustain a series all it's own. Whenever it veers away from there I tune out.

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#34
AMiller is a much more interesting character than Holden, although Holden ends up being the protagonist through the series of books. I wouldn't mind if the TV show diverges from this and keeps Miller in the lead at least through the first two seasons.
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#35
A[quote name="BrowncoatScaper" url="/community/t/154886/the-expanse-syfy/30#post_3996461"]A question for those of you who know the books? Is it going to pick up any time soon?[/quote]

Yes, it definitely does, in my opinion. Episodes 1-4 is really the setup - what happens at the end of episode 4 is really what kicks the plot and character journeys in high gear.

And I'm very excited about season 2 renewal! Smile
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