Review by Lauryn Angel
The Expanse is the latest offering from Syfy, and it is a worthy successor to Battlestar Galactica and the various Stargate series.
The Expanse is set in the 23rd century, when Earth and the Moon are controlled by the United Nations, Mars is a military colony, and the asteroid belt separating Mars and Jupiter is the home to “Belters,” who live and work in space. Air and water are precious commodities, and the tensions between Earth, Mars, and the belt are high, the threat of war ever-present.
The show switches quickly between three stories. Detective Miller (Thomas Jane) works a beat on Ceres Station. Miller is searching for a Julie Mau (Florence Faivre), a missing daughter of a wealthy lunar family who may or may not be a member of a terrorist group. Holden (Steven Strait) and Nagata (Dominique Tipper) are crew members on the Canterbury, an ice freighter that gets more than they bargained for when answering a distress call. Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is a high-ranking UN official whose tender moments with her grandchildren are juxtaposed with her brutal interrogation methods. It’s clear that these stories are destined to intersect, and the missing Julie Mau seems to be the thread that will eventually bind them together. The acting is superb on this show, and it’s easy to become attached to the characters – but not advisable, as some of the characters do not last long.
The show is also visually stunning. The sets — from Ceres Station to the Canterbury – are realized with great detail. The special effects are fun, especially those involving zero-g environments (including a sex scene), and there are a few space battles that look great.
I’ve watched four episodes of The Expanse, and each episode was better than the one before. If the show can keep up this momentum, we may be watching it for several seasons.
Available on VOD now.