The Expanse

2013-, Alcon 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, mystery, police procedural and political allegory, with a dash of film noir 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 non-sequiturs to keep you off-balance. Outstanding production values support solid, sometimes riveting performances, and the writing is absolutely top-notch—some episodes are downright difficult to watch. Technobabble is kept to an absolute minimum since actual science takes center stage, with no magical matter transporters or FTL drives to rescue faulty plots. SyFy ran out of steam after the third season, and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) rescued it; the series is going into its fifth season, with season four onward unfortunately only available through Amazon Prime.

In short, this is, IMO, the very finest science fiction television series of all time. I've lost count how many times I've binge-watched the first three seasons; I can practically recite much of the dialog. I simply cannot say enough good about it. I'll die soon—if I'm not dead already—and I'm genuinely grateful for having seen this program.

       

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