The Expanse

2013-, Penguin in a Parka et al

Adapted from a series of novels of the same name by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, The Expanse is a captivating blend of sci-fi, police procedural and film noir, with a dash of political allegory thrown in. It starts off by throwing you in the pool and letting you figure things out in parallel with the characters. The ensemble cast is as appealing as it is diverse, and sequences intercut between wildly different story threads, woven together in mesmerizing ways, with some quirky touches to throw you off-balance. Outstanding production values support solid, sometimes riveting performances; technobabble is kept to a minimum, with no magical transporters or FTL drives to rescue faulty plots. The series is going into its third season, and I'm anxious to binge on it.

       

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