This is the second time that I’ve watched this premiere episode as it’s been available on Syfy for the past few weeks. Prior to watching this episode, I finished reading the book, Leviathan Wakes. Syfy has been trying to get back with the intense Science Fiction programming that it used to be known for before it came to lesser material. The Expanse is a step in the direction to hard science fiction again.
From the moment the episode started, you got a sense that something was very wrong. Left in an abandoned ship, you can sense Julie Mao’s panic. It made for the kind of opening that hooked me and made me want to understand and now more about what was going on with her.
I really enjoyed the disparity shown between the prospering high level parts of Ceres station. Compared t where the most people were from. With that you also noticed the differences between people. The Belters, those who grew up in the belt didn’t just have a different dialect and language, they physically look different. Belters are long and thin. This disparity helps fuel the tensions, not just from the different belief systems, but between people who can be visibly told apart.
Miller is a troubled soul. He’s a cop. He’s a Belter. He’s run down and depressed and searching for his place in life, while determined just to get by. What’s most interesting about him from the first episode was that he is self-destructive.
The introduction to Holden and the people of the Canterbury were far less tension filled. Instead we got an insight into a bunch of characters who were simply doing their job on the ice hauler. With that you really got a good sense of who the characters were. They felt alive and like real people. At least the few characters we got to meet. However though their interactions you got a better sense of the world.
Now, this is exactly the kind of show that I wanted. it is dense and allows for a lot of really great moments that allow for all sorts of elements in the show to develop. I won’t pretend that this is a super easy show to get into if science fiction isn’t your thing. While it is not impossible or convoluted, it doesn’t shy away from the fact that it is a space opera. you have to accept that things are complicated and not just simple. So many things have happened in the world from where we are now and we are not hand held. You are given pertinent information and need to make inferences about other things.
From reading the book, I had a feeling the end point they used for Dulcinea was going to be the end. Leaving the the Canterbury exploding and Holden now the XO of the small Knight crew was a big moment. However, it’s only the tip of the iceberg for these characters. They have a lot that they will need to deal with in the coming times.
Differences from the book
Miller was given cheap growth hormones to promote bone density that mostly worked, but not completely.
Naomi does not look like a belter
Alex the pilot from Mars did in fact have
The Canterbury almost didn’t go to check out the emergency signal
They showed the bird flying and floating on Ceres
What did you think of the episode?