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.
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.