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Offline Buckshee Rounds

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The Expanse (tv series)
After being somewhat disappointed with Trek's new offering I got to thinking about sci-fi shows that stand out to me and one of them has definitely got to be the Expanse.

I'll confess that I haven't read the books yet (Leviathan Wakes is next on my list), but I really enjoy the show. The premise is that our solar system, 200-something years in the future, has been colonised to the point where Earth and Mars are considered as separate states with the asteroid belt somewhat divided between the two. Humans that grew up on Mars or the asteroid belt are unused to Earth gravity and the 'Belters' in particular have all kinds of physical deformities as a result.

The show really caught me for its faithful depiction of Newtonian physics, the likes of which I can't remember seeing since BSG or Babylon 5. Traveling through space is depicted as being routine enough to support trade and travel, but still quite a big deal - high G burns have to be endured by belting into a seat and pumping drugs into the body. Orbital mechanics are likewise well portrayed, although I'll confess my experience stems from Kerbal Space Program. :)

For all its believable depiction of science however, the Expanse is driven very much by its plot and its characters. Some of the main cast can at times seem a bit wooden, but they're very fleshed out and are portrayed as complimenting each other's strengths and weaknesses to make an effective crew.

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The season 2 finale was something I very much enjoyed - the "oh ****" moment of the science vessel splitting apart and Naomi's speech were very well done. To hear Naomi tell it, it seemed to me like she was essentially getting at the perpetual arms race that humans seem to find themselves in and it actually made me rethink my stance on Nuclear weps. She understands the need for parity and while her actions might have been somewhat impulsive I think she made the right call in delivering the proto-molecule to Fred Johnson.

If someone's already made a discussion thread, then apologies, I couldn't find it. I like this show very much and feel that it deserves its own thread at the very least.

 

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The Expanse is probably my favourite space opera novel series right now, and to see that it gets a quality treatment on translation to screen makes me happy.
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My 2'nd favourite sci-fi lore, right behind Freespace and Mass Effect <impossible question, which one I love more>. Get your hands on the books ASAP! I even heard opinions that Expanse is a space GoT, which is pretty good comparison. Mixture of politics, personal agendas, and fight, seen from many perspectives. So far we have 3'rd season confirmed but there is enough source material for at least twice as many. Series interpretation of the books is very accurate, I found maybe 2 or 3 small differences when it comes to the events. Some characters appear earlier in the series, compared to the book timeline but that's not a problem at all.

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oh **** it has a second season already I missed out on this ****ing hell be right back ;)

 
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The Expanse is pretty awesome. I'm staying away from the books for now, but I'll be sure to get them once the series concludes.

Spoiler:
I'm waiting on the proto-molecule to go all Beast on everyone and bite them in the ass. I'm also still waiting on practical or theoretical breakthrough coming from the molecule - although Vagabond's (I forget the guy's name) company might have already cashed in on that to some extent.

oh **** it has a second season already I missed out on this ****ing hell be right back ;)
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I haven't watched the show at all, but the books are fantastic and I cannot recommend them enough.  Also, unlike certain fantasy authors - GRRM and Pat Rothfuss, I'm looking at you - they are releasing in a timely fashion.  Regardless, it's really interesting to see a sci-fi work set in a future where space travel is routine but still hard and inconvenient, and humans aren't evolved into a utopian social structure.
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I haven't watched the show at all, but the books are fantastic and I cannot recommend them enough.  Also, unlike certain fantasy authors - GRRM and Pat Rothfuss, I'm looking at you - they are releasing in a timely fashion.  Regardless, it's really interesting to see a sci-fi work set in a future where space travel is routine but still hard and inconvenient, and humans aren't evolved into a utopian social structure.

The series deemphasizes that aspect somewhat, simply because it doesn't have the luxury of taking month-long timeouts whenever the Roci or other ships are travelling somewhere (I mean, it could have? But I guess having to bring up the subject of just how much time is spent travelling all the time gets cumbersome after a while). The series hasn't gone full GoT yet in terms of time compression, but I'm reasonably sure that the writers are competent enough to avoid that impression.
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Vagabond


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How the ever living flip did I miss that.



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