The Expanse

I normally don’t hype TV shows. In fact this is the first time I’ve ever done so. This is one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot). If you’re a fan of science fiction, you need to check it out immediately. If you’re not a fan of science fiction, you should still give it a try. By “a try,” I suggest committing to the first four episodes (only 45 minutes each). If you’re not hooked by then, feel free to ignore my recommendation. The first three seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video, and the fourth season has finished production and is scheduled for release later this year (2019).

When I first stumbled across the show, I was drawn in by it’s amazing special effects and devotion to scientific accuracy. I soon realized thete was a terrific story going on, and high quality writing, acting and, in fact, all aspects of the production are first-rate.

To maintain scientific accuracy, there are no warp drives, shields, or artificial gravity devices. The producers have admitted taking a few dramatic liberties around sounds in space (they say it didn’t feel right without the roar of large engines or gun fire). They’ve also introduced development of a rocket drive which enables travel around the solar system to a matter of days and weeks. The drive also helps provide thrust gravity while in flight. Beyond that, they stick to the laws of physics.

All in all, a great show with great acting, great writing, and great production values. Rated TV-MA, mostly for language and violence…but if you’re comfortable with Game of Thrones, you’ll probably find The Expanse a bit tame.

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