The Expanse

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  1. ZooCougar

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    http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse

    Very excited to see that this is becoming a tv series. I think a few of us here have read the books. This is syfy's most expensive series yet. From what I have read, they are trying to actually become a science fiction based channel again.

    Trailer below.

    http://expanse.wikia.com/wiki/The_Expanse_(TV)

    Tom Jane is perfectly cast in this, but I don't know about that hat. But admittedly the trailer doesn't do much for me. The authors are involved with the writing team so the series will most likely be representative of the books. It does seem like the first season will combine more than one book or blend the storyline of at least the first two books.
     
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    junglehusky Molotov Cocktail of Ugliness

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    Watched the first 4 episodes on demand today. I haven't read the books but I like it so far. Decent production values and they are setting up the different cultures and politics of Earth, Mars and the (asteroid) Belt. Pretty eventful plot developments in the first four episodes, looking forward to more.

    I also watched SyFy's adaptation of Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End. It was kind of meh, though it did have Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) in it. Similar idea to Contact. Probably a good thing they did it as three 2 hr episodes instead of a longer season.
     
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    The series is a bit like the first book. Slow in starting but picking up steam gradually. I thought the last episode infusing the Fred Johnson "Butcher of Anderson Station" Novella was good. Episode 3&4 have been the best so far.

    I am really looking forward to some of the forthcoming events. Although I am wondering if there is enough time left with 10 episodes. SyFy has already picked it up for a second season.
     
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    junglehusky Molotov Cocktail of Ugliness

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    Season 2 trailer.... looks pretty damn good>

     
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    I'm almost three books behind now. Looks like a blend of book one and book two. I need to rewatch season one I think.
     
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    HuskyHawk I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

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    When is this back on?
     
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    This is kind of an interesting show/book series for the times.

    When reading the books, Avarsala struck me as a version of what liberals wished Hillary was; as competent and effective as she appeared to be. Definitely a globalist but always putting the Earth first. She makes for a good character because she is foul mouthed but actually really good at swearing.

    Holden strikes me as an idealistic Han Solo meets Snowden with a dash of pre-Trump Julian Assange when people thought that what he really cared about was transparency. He basically leaks out a bunch of info that he really doesn't understand which has some really serious consequences and a bunch of people die.

    Miller is the realist and is more rational than Holden. That's about all I want to say. But it's funny considering Holden is from earth and Miller is a Belter.
    I hope we get to see their conflicted partnership this season.

    I just thought the authors were either timely or clairvoyant in this story. Because it asks the question about the price of transparency. The belters also seem to me like a metaphor for the populist movement around the world; people who are fed up with being dictated to by the more established Earth and Mars.
     
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    HuskyHawk I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

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    ^^^ This is the key to the series in my view. It's another take on this theme, like The Hunger Games. The central ruling body denigrates, despises and takes advantage of the manual laborers doing the real work elsewhere ("flyover country").

    You can call it populism, but increasingly I think of it as decentralization and localization. A rejection of decision making and government by people who are distant from your specific reality and situation. It's a strong global trend at present.
     
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    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    Sort of a tangent, but the Hunger Games was incredibly light weight fare. For the real deal, check out Battle Royale. It's a Japanese thriller circa 2000 about a strikingly similar subject (read: the HG author ripped off BR). And the original was way better.

    See it.
     
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