Im someone that is a huge fan of Sci-fi movies and series. Basically, anything that might be happening in space.
Every single Star Trek series (until STD) – Loved it
2001: A space Odyssey – Loved it
Moon (2009) – Loved it
Serenity (2005) – Loved it
Galaxy Quest (1999) – Loved it
The Last Jedi (2017) – <sub>Screw that movie</sub>
What im trying to say is that ive watched a large number of movies and series that happen in space, that are predominantly Sci-fi and i simply love the genre.
Lately i havent been able to pick up a lot of good Sci-fi movies, let alone long format series, so when i found “The Expanse” a few days ago and started watching it i was extremely excited.
Sure theres the new Star Trek ive written a bit about but im just not in love with it. Id say im more on the dislike side if im honest. Close to the middle but still cant say im positive about it.
So i started watching this and i didnt really expect much looking at the trailer. It kind of looked cheap. But when i got into it a bit its the complete opposite. The show has a gritty realistic look you buy into easily. This isnt a multi-million dollar show like STD but for its budget it does things really well.
Im currently half way into season 1 and when i started up i could already see a few flaws that are very slowly getting fixed as the season moves along.
There are some pacing issues, wonky dialog and questionable resolutions.
The plot tends to drag on a bit.
Still, as i said, i can feel it slowly getting better already by episode 6 im currently on.
The show itself is very character heavy and it jumps from main character to main character the same way Game of Thrones does it.
That adds a lot to world (space) building and establishing faction relationships but can strain the episode a bit since some times you want to jump back to one character that has something much more interesting going on and youre stuck listening to some council.
Still, after only a few episodes you really get hooked on the characters. Most of them anyways and you start to enjoy their little quirks.
The show has some resemblance in structure to Game of Thrones with the politics and intrigue, though it does not feel like it is as polished in that regard. (Im still on season 1.)
One of the things i just love are the ships. Brilliant renders, extremely believable and cool designs. Seeing them fly through space is just a joy every time. The interiors are what you would expect so not much to say there.
All in all, im enjoying the show immensely and i have 3 more seasons of it to look forward to which fills me with joy. 😀
Definitely a recommend by me.
And the most brilliant thing about it is that it was canceled last year like another beloved show called “Firefly”. But this time the fans won and Amazon picked up the show. Read more about it here if youre interested.
Off to watch some more. 😛