The Expanse

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The disappearance of rich-girl-turned-political-activist Julie Mao links the lives of Ceres detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), accidental ship captain James Holden (Steven Strait) and U.N. politician Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo). Amidst political tension between Earth, Mars and the Belt, they unravel the single greatest conspiracy of all time.
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Cas AnvarThomas JaneDominique Tipper
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Science FictionFantasy
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English [CC]العربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어ဗမာNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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    November 22, 2015
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    In the asteroid belt near Saturn, James Holden and the crew of the ice-freighter Canterbury, on its way to Ceres Station, investigate a distress call from an unknown derelict ship, the Scopuli.
  2. 2. The Big Empty
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    Holden and crew fight for survival in a badly damaged shuttle, the Knight. On Ceres Station, Julie Mao proves more difficult to track down than Miller had anticipated after he discovers she has ties to the Outer Planets Alliance; an extremist political group fighting for the rights of the asteroid belt colonies.
  3. 3. Remember the Cant
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    Holden and crew are taken prisoner and interrogated aboard the Martian navy flagship, the Donnager. It’s not long before they find themselves turning on each other.
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    Holden and crew are caught in the middle of a desperate battle as mysterious war ships attack and board the Donnager.
  5. 5. Back to the Butcher
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    Holden and crew make a deal with an unlikely ally on Tycho station.
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    Miller, Holden and crew try to escape Eros, but are trapped as the entire station is put on lockdown.
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    Miller, Holden and crew continue to fight their way to the Rocinante and off of Eros.

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Directors
Breck EisnerJeff WoolnoughTerry McDonoughRobert LiebermanKenneth FinkDavid GrossmanThor FreudenthalBill JohnsonMikael SalomonJennifer Phang
Supporting actors
Steven StraitFlorence FaivreShawn DoyleShohreh AghdashlooWes Chatham
Producers
Robin VeithNaren ShankarBen CookBen RobertsAndrew KosoveSharon HallSean DanielTy FranckBroderick JohnsonDaniel AbrahamLynn RaynorDan NowakJason NingJason F. Brown
Season year
2016
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Amazon Studios
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Nudityviolencealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are still reading a review of Season One of "The Expanse" I'm assuming you haven't yet watched it. You may know that it's a TV adaptation from a series of sci-fi novels. The SyFy channel hadn't really had a good hit since it ended the long "Battlestar Galactica" series, which was causing a downward spiral: fewer viewers means less revenues means less to work with to produce something new and good. In adapting this story for a TV series they received some financial assistance from Comcast, which was also looking for new original content to offer subscribers. It was a bit dicey whether or not it would be renewed, but while the viewing audience for the fixed-schedule broadcasts declined, producers noted that the demand for viewing it online or streaming on demand was holding up very well, so it was renewed for a second season (last year) and a third, presumably final season, which should begin airing mid-2018. At this point Amazon Prime, Netflix and NBC Universal have all had a hand in distributing it.

I have read some of the criticisms from the minority of viewers who gave it low ratings and will address them in a minute.

This is an excellent TV fiction series. I highly recommend watching Season One as soon as possible. You'll then want to watch Season Two, and perhaps right about the time you finish Season Two, the third season will begin airing and you won't have to wait a year like some fans have had to do!

Some have noted it's a little like "Game of Thrones" in space. In a couple of ways, that is true. First: both have a strong fan base, and both have received positive reviews from critics. Secondly, every truly good fiction mirrors enduring traits of human nature, regardless of the setting. Both Game of Thrones and The Expanse manage to do this, which is the essence of good storytelling.

The story begins some 200 years in the future. Mankind has succeeded in colonizing the Moon. Earth is even more populated than today, and its natural resources are rather depleted. Environmental changes and pollution are worse problems than they are today. As for the Moon, of course it doesn't even have an atmosphere, so it too needs various resources for colonies to survive. The earth and moon have managed to live with a single government: the United Nations. A research colony was then set up on Mars, for exploration, research and conceivably, maybe some day the possibility of "terraforming" Mars to make it liveable without domed structures and space suits. But--rather like America rebelled against a distant Great Britain which it felt was unresponsive to the needs of the colonists, after a couple of generations had lived on Mars, people chafed at the distant United Nations and declared its independence. The Earth and Moon had much bigger military forces, but Mars had some of the best scientists and technicians. Nuclear war threatened but cooler heads finally prevailed. An uneasy truce between the new Federation of Mars and the U.N. has existed since. Meanwhile, Earth and Mars both began colonizing the asteroid belt and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, for quite practical reasons: resources. Water, in the form of ice. Energy, in the form of methane and the like. Rare earths, etc. Now generations of humans began growing up on these much more distant outposts: the "Belt" and beyond. The name of the show, "The Expanse", conveys the enormous scale of distances out in the asteroid belt and the gas giants. Almost all the "belt" colonies are actually run by corporations. Like Mars before, the "Belters" also want freedom and their own government. They resent feeling like slaves to the corporations and to supplying Earth, Moon and Mars with most of the resources they labor to extract. The main thing which has prevented their outright revolt is the sheer distances between the many colonies. Belter "patois" starts developing, each significant colony having a slightly unique variant of this conglomerate from several languages from Earth. Each colony also has an underground economy and its own gangs, rather like differing districts in big cities. As the story begins, humanity is now in a delicate balance of power among the three main factions: the United Nations, Mars, and the outer belt colonies. Any small incident could possibly escalate into outright war (does this seem at all like the world in 2018?). And of course, to make a good story a new and unexpected factor is thrown into this tense stew.

It's not uncommon for people to watch the first episode, complain "I don't understand what's going on", "there's too many characters" and "it seems boring." That was the way I felt after episode one. A friend advised me to give it at least 2 more episodes before giving up. But by the end of episode two, I was totally hooked. I've now watched seasons 1 and two twice, and eagerly await season 3.

Some complain "why all the sex and the bad language?" Well as for sex, the series was sort of "in your face" about that. There's a brief zero-gravity sex scene (no, not full nudity either) essentially at the beginning of the very first episode--and that was probably the steamiest it EVER got. Hey--it's a part of life--especially if you're stuck for months on end, away from home most of the time and you're young and healthy, relationships start to form on board. Because a fair amount of the action is on board ships of various kinds: mining ships, cargo ships, military ships etc. Other important locations are right on Earth (looks like a future New York City and the seat of the government), on Mars, and on various major colonies out in "the Belt". As for the language: anyone who has been around either miners, military or merchant marines must know that their language is often "spicy". The language in this show does include swearing, but there are plenty of shows with far worse language than this. Again, it's appropriate to the settings and if anything, milder than the reality would be.

Some complain they're frustrated they can't understand the "Belter patois", when two belters talk among themselves. Once again: like the real world. Go to Tokyo and you won't understand the conversation there either, unless you speak Japanese or someone is polite enough to address you in English. It really doesn't matter because, just by the context of the situation and their expressions and gestures, basically you know what they are saying to each other even without understanding the words. Likewise some complain that at times external noises make the conversation hard to hear. Yep--remember the radio chatter in the first "Alien" movie? They had a hard time making each other out too. In this case, subtitling will come to your rescue and you can see every word. And lastly: if you feel confused in the beginning, understand that you are watching the action unfold as if you are with the people experiencing it. Often they don't exactly know what's going on either, and you are experiencing it much like the characters are. They have to make assumptions and speculations, which are not all correct--and you the audience are puzzling through the events along with them. Every murder mystery uses this sort of device, and they are quite popular. Some stories give the viewer a much more godlike view, knowing more than any of the characters do, but this show limits the audience's viewpoint: it's a little wider view than most of the characters have, but not by very much.

Most of the acting in my opinion is very good and some of it is excellent. The blending of real sets and computer-graphic imaging is excellent and I for one felt it looked quite realistic. At times, it was even quite beautiful. The story line is intriguing, the dialog is strong, the pacing is excellent with just the right mixture of action and character development, and lastly, there's just enough humor thrown in occasionally to keep the drama in the story from becoming too heavy. I wasn't familiar with any of these actors before I started watching, and I've grown to really enjoy watching them. Lastly the show mostly manages to avoid classifying characters as "good guys" or "bad guys". It's done in a way that you can appreciate just why various characters would feel and act as they do, even when they are in opposition to each other. This is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the most entertaining TV shows I've watched in a long time. Anyone who can tolerate a "science fiction" setting should give it a try.
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MatthewReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best since Farscape, Firefly, LEXX, Star Wars...
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I really enjoyed this Series! Not the long wait since the likes of Farscape, Firefly, LEXX... which I thoroughly loved. (Of course Firefly was cut short by low-life FOX.)

This Series has started off very well. BUT, I could have done without the GRAPHIC fornication! We all know that sex takes place BUT... MUST WE BE A PARTY TO IT????? Childish! Infantile! Boorish! Female Drama! Assinine low-life females and children insist on including such GRAPHICS! When merely the "SUGGESTION" of adult sex is quite enough! We, the viewer, DO NOT have to be a PARTICIPANT!
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Sanger MageeReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
IMO, The Best Science Fiction TV made in the past 50 years--and THAT's saying something.
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BLUF: The Expanse is both the best on-screen SF made in my lifetime AND among the best SF series ever written, and even better, they co-exist without any problem. The show can be perfectly enjoyed without reading the books, and in spite of the obvious and necessary differences between the show and the books, unless you are obsessive about such things (and I tend to be), having read the books does not in any way diminish enjoyment of the shows--a very rare accomplishment to be sure.

I've been an avid and voracious reader of SF since the 70s, and I've been a fan of almost all genres of SF TV and movies (not keen on the heavy-horror stuff) since the mid-60s. In all that time, I've only seen a few movies or shows I deem so bad their only value is to show how bad it can be, e.g., Starship Troopers, Saturn 3, Robocop, and a bunch of grade D stuff not even worth mentioning. Still, I like things like Johnny Mnemonic, the original Judge Dredd, both versions of Dune (the new version especially), and most SF series like Babylon V, almost all things Star Trek (but not Janeway, Voyager, or the new Discovery travesty), Firefly (gone way too soon), EVERY Star Wars movie and show (yes, all!), and on. I liked Lost in Space, Space 1999, and I especially liked the serials that would play before the Saturday matinees.

With that as background, I will say again that The Expanse is both the best on-screen SF I've ever watched, and right up there among the best SF written. To be sure, it's a space opera, so it compares more to things like the Lensmen, Asimov's Robots and Foundation series, and Heinlein's stuff than to Bradbury (everything), Miller (Canticle for Leibowitz), or Stewart (Earth Abides), but there are elements of pure, speculative, and fantasy SF threaded throughout. It is, quite simply, not only extremely well written SF, but also the most coherent, seamless, generally flawless TV SF shows made. And that doesn't even being to get into the excellent match between the actors cast to play the roles and the imagined characters of the books. In fact, the one enhances the other exceptionally well, as if they were written at the same time, or at least with an eye to the visual production when the literary version was in the making.

If you like SF of any kind, and if you relish great SF TV, you just can't go wrong with these. And Season 4 (book 4 from the looks of it) is die to be aired in December, and from the trailer it looks like they are on track to keep up the good work! I am just thrilled.
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JarekReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
The Self-satisfying Contraction
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The CGI used for deep space and asteroids shots was really top-notch. The spacecrafts are even plausible. However, James and Naomi are the only characters that aren’t self-satisfying, homicidal jerks! Even the UN Undersecretary tortures prisoners. A 1940’s-style cop beats up suspects, and sometimes becomes a homicidal killer! The overpopulated asteroids are filled with peasants living and working like they did in Medieval Europe.
And mind you, this is hundreds of years in the future. So where are the robots, automation and advanced AI? In fact, today AI piloted jet fighters beat seasoned human pilots in simulated dogfights!
This TV series is like Battlestar Galactica meets the B-movie The Green Slime. In fact, these movies are vastly more entertaining and less annoying than The Expanse.
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RisingReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Plot?
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34 minutes and still pretty much lost in what the hell this all about. sorry.
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Frank A. Terry Jr.Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Doesn't Get Any Better
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I found "The Expanse" on Prime after it left the SYFY channel. (I'm not familiar with that history.) I couldn't get enough. The story, effects, actors, scripts and the overall concept kept me riveted to my TV. Season 4 came out not too long ago and within 2 days, I was ready for season 5.

The show is getting ready to jump off in a new direction with different factions trying to gain the upper hand in controlling the future of the solar system. The characters are complex, played by a great cast. You're never absolutely sure what the next turn in the saga might be or who will make it happen.

I now own the first 3 seasons on Blu Ray and am waiting patiently for the release of season 4. I value my Expanse collection as much as my complete Aliens and Battlestar Galactica collections. Catch Season 1 while it's still available. You'll be glad you did. If I could rate this series 6 stars, I would.
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Oh My Gosh!Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star first season. 4 star second season. 3 star third season.
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Seasons one, two, and three of The Expanse come in full size plastic snap cases. All of the discs for each season are in one case, with swivel thingees in them to hold a couple of the discs on. All of the discs played fine.

A terrific sci-fi show during the first season! Season two wasn’t as good. Season three completely lost it by having missiles and ships zipping across the solar system like it was a tiny goldfish bowl. I knew the show was in trouble when the actor who played the Rachel Matheson character in the lousy series Revolution (2012-2014) showed up in season three. I was literally screaming at the TV by the second season of Revolution, “Die, Rachel Matheson! Die Already!” That character survived so many situations where she should’ve died it was ridiculous.

The first season of The Expanse (2015- ) was the best sci-fi show I’ve seen since Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) and Firefly (2002-2003). Like those two shows there is no alien menace. Most of the sci-fi shows I’ve seen have an alien menace, which is why it’s so refreshing to see unique shows that don’t. But I fear there will be an alien menace in future seasons. Compared to other sci-fi shows I’ve seen in the past decade the first season of The Expanse was very entertaining, although there have been cops in space shows before. Space Precinct (1994-1995) was one.

Most of the recent sci-fi shows haven’t been memorable. Dark Matter (2015-2017) seemed like an updated version of Mission Genesis (1997), and Killjoys (2015- ) an updated version of Starhunter (2000). Altered Carbon (2018- ) had a great Blade Runner (1982) look and feel, but it also reminded me of the old series Total Recall 2070 (1999). One of the few episodes of Black Mirror (2011- ) I found memorable was the season four, episode one spoof of Star Trek (1966-1969). Like the movie Galaxy Quest (1999) the spoof of the first great sci-fi show was highly entertaining fun.

Granite Flats (2013-2015) and Stranger Things (2016- ) are excellent shows about the CIA’s MK Ultra mind control experiments. Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) also had an episode about MK Ultra, and Wormword (2017) is about it too. But none of those series have spaceships. Westworld’s (2016- ) first season was interesting, but again, no spaceships or space travel, and I wasn’t interested in the series enough to want to see the second season. The Walking Dead (2010- ) was good for the first four or five seasons, but then it became clear it was a soap opera with no planned ending. That’s what I’m afraid The Expanse will turn into, another soap opera with no ending, becoming less entertaining as it meanders along.
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Preferred CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get on board now, before Season 2.
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Excellent show.

From a production standpoint, the visuals and effects are breathtaking. Overal SyFy has some questionable vfx on their shows, but if BSG is the gold standard for effects, I am pretty comfortable saying that Expanse is even more impressive. There is just something about the way ships move with heavy mass and inertia which then gives way to constant momentum for something as small as a "shuttle craft" to dreadnoughts like the Donnager, flagship of the Martian Navy.

I can't state enough how visually beautiful the series is, from shots of Tycho Station to Financial District in downtown Manhattan where One World Trade is possibly among the shortest buildings.

If you're a fan of GoT, the comparisons to Game of Thrones are apt. George RR Martin himself endorsed Leviathan (first book in the series) and various TV critics who have not read the Expanse series have themselves compared it favorably to Game of Thrones.

Comparison comes in the rough similarities: zombie/unknown antagonist, complex political setting (Earth vs. Mars. vs. the Asteroid Belt), parallel story lines with "POV" characters, and an over-arching conspiracy, against the forefront threat of interplanetary war.

My main concern with this show is that in typical SyFy fashion, they may cancel the series before it reaches its end. Like GoT, the book series is still ongoing, and there is more material in the Expanse than in A Song of Ice and Fire, and HBO's adaptation has already finished 6 seasons...even BSG got only 4 or 5 (can't remember exactly).

So I highly recommend the show.

The blu ray has an awesome transfer (though I am a layman in such subject matter).

The actual disk though leaves a lot to be desired...it's a very bare bones release, I think there is 1 deleted scene. Even the menu is extremely sparse...just minimalist icons.

There is actually a load of "extra content" in the SyFy app which you launched concurrently with the episodes when they originally aired. Stuff like trivia, interviews, interesting factoids, etc. The same app that lets you syn up your Hue smart lights with the show so as to mimic what's happening on screen. I have only 3 Hue lights but the effect is still awesome...the room changes to a dramatic sea blue when Avasarala is talking to colleagues in a sort of aquarium backdrop, and when she interrogates the belter terrorist in the aqua tank "torture chamber." Lights turn to alert red when the Donnager appears and (SPOILER ALERT) enters into close quarter combat. These are the types of extras that this blu ray release would have greatly benefited from.

I was quick to buy this blu ray when it was released ($29.95), but it went on sale about a month ago for $21, and I jumped.

The Expanse is a great sci-fi show, the likes of which come out only every 10-15 years.
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