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Expanse is so expansive, it's hard to pin down - well, anything... Looks great. But what's going on?
Granted nothing here feels new or pressing, or as intense as an episode of the aforementioned Game of Thrones. But if sweeping, beautiful scenes and expansive stories that take episodes to piece together are your thing, you'll be set with The Expanse.
The Expanse has a few tricks up its sleeve. They include some nifty camera work and a deft cliffhanger that make it the... captivating.
There's a lot to get a grip on, and it might help to have read the books. If I tried to explain in full, we'd be here all day, and I couldn't do it anyway.
The Expanse is a discussion of political power and a nice shoot-'em-up actioner all at the same time.
The problem isn't with the overall look of Syfy's The Expanse. Production values are first-rate through and through. But having little or no earthly idea of what's going on can be a problem.
The little details of this universe are so finely rendered that they become stories unto themselves.
Their adventures are action-packed but their relationships with one another make every episode compelling.
The Expanse is such a wonderfully realised, affectingly believable, deceptively smart, and really damn engrossing show that it's far too easy to forget that you're watching a piece of speculative fiction.
Occasionally the storytelling becomes bogged down in information overload and some secondary characters seem to have been generated by rolling dice, but mostly The Expanse delivers an action-packed and thought-provoking first season.
By the end of the season, you realize this is not the same show you thought you were getting into. It's much more interesting and expansive.
Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 1
4d agoAbsolutely phenomenal introductory season to possibly the best science fiction show ever produced.
Jun 04, 2021A wonderful addition to the science fiction landscape, that has had a serious drought for at least a decade, where visions of the future have been replaced by comic heros set in the 'now'. There are lots of secondary stories on top of the bigger story that unfurls before us. The show doesn't shy away from body horror, violence, aggression, which is so welcome from a Hollywood afraid of its own shadow.
Jun 02, 2021One of the best sci-fi tv series of all time. There are occasional pacing issues with the multiple points of view of the main characters as the story rushes to bring them together but a lot of the world building is done in these scenes and they perhaps didn't translate as cleanly from the books as the more intense drama and action scenes as the story progresses.
May 24, 2021A great start to the series and the only one to have a better of sci-fi noir feel to it.
May 22, 2021Something we really needed.
May 12, 2021While I do have many issues with this season, it is still a solid start.
May 08, 2021This show could be good if the morons employed as sound mixers had even a fraction of a clue about using music and ambient noise to enhance a show rather than dominate and overpower it. Shitty, incessant soundscape din is no substitute for clear, well written dialogue and a good story. If the idiots getting paid to produce this POS want to actually see how a good show uses music, they should stop aping every teen drama on the CW network and take a look at something like Deadwood. Yeah, I know, Western vs Sci-Fi, but most good Sci-Fi is actually a Western anyway. Let the story drive the show, not your crappy "standard spacey suspense track #34" constantly playing overly loud and limp-willy repetitive over the dialogue. "Inane droning note swell #143" doesn't build suspense even after 862 attempts to artificially add drama, where actors are actually employed to sell the same with their, well you know, acting. Let the story sell the show not your ass-brained crappy soundscape BS. Even Gabe vomits every time the music swells in this sorry excuse for a production.
May 03, 2021Surprisingly well written with an intelligent plot and an intriguingly well though out universe. By far the best season of the show.
Apr 15, 2021I really wanted to like this and the story lines had potential, but the writing and acting never gelled for me. You can only squeeze so much gravitas out of bare bones dialog on a small set with unproven actors no matter how many camera angles you try.
Mar 22, 2021Well, in the sea of remakes, crap story telling, woke agenda ... we stumble upon this: - a relatively ok story telling - that tries to tell a story of "not so well fitted truckers in space" - that need to make crap choices of "lesser of two evils" - in the world which is very rough without pure good and evil just shades of grey - that happens to be relatively physics accurate (no "phase modulation of crystal array" of star trek) - that is possibly on brink of end of mankind, while (as usual) greedy power players try to make a buck on enemy (alien) at the gates (this really is familiar to me) To some, it may even sound close to "Firefly" and surely it does bare some rebalance, but I think that Expanse is more polished and it provides a background to characters so we understand them rather than relying on exposition, it is definitely longer because of that, but it makes it more interesting and you can lose you self in this universe. A serious thanks to writers for creating this story ! It was a long time since we had something good - which makes this fantastic in current climate ! This goes for all season that I've seen so far (1-5).