I am one of those people who often say: “That’s not how it was in the book” or “The book was better”. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire), Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Ender’s Game etc. Sometimes you watch something because you liked a book, sometimes an interesting movie/series/game inspires you to read something. I even read Larry Niven’s Ringworld because it somehow influenced Halo…
I am also one of those people who
like love adore science fiction and all sorts of space adventures. Star Wars? Yes, please. Stargate? Gimme more. And when will they finally bring Azimov’s Foundation to the big screen?
That’s why when these things come together I get all excited (and suspicious at the same time, because, you know… sometimes they create things like John Carter).
Couple days ago I ran into new SyFy series The Expanse, based on the best-selling books by James S. A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).
“Yay!”, I said to myself. I haven’t read any of those books, but since it’s based on the novels, it must have a good story line… I mean, I know, Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray were based on best-sellers too, but… uhm… if you try to film crap, you won’t get anything good of it.
Still… The Expanse.
Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets rely on the resources of the Asteroid Belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising between these three places. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it will take is a single spark.
Ok, that’s pretty banal and doesn’t say much.
Two hundred years from now, detective Joe Miller, born on the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing heiress, Julie Andromeda Mao. Meanwhile, the first officer of the ice freighter Canterbury, James Holden, is involved in a tragic incident that threatens to destabilize Earth, Mars and the Belt. At the same time a high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon, the three find out that the missing young woman and the ice trawler’s tragedy are part of a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.
The Expanse blends sci-fi elements and detective noir. It also has gorgeous cinematography, mystery, sombre and dramatic plot. It’s as good as Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (2004). Some even say it’s almost like Game of Thrones in space!
I can say, The Expanse is one of the best sci-fi tv shows we’ve had in years. And The Expanse novels are definitely in my to read list now.
P. S.: Greorge R. R. Martin urged y’all to check it out!