Last night, Syfy released the first episode of The Expanse, its space opera based on James S.A. Corey’s novels, and everyone learned what we’ve known for months: This show is going to blow your mind. We visited the set back in May, and here’s what we saw.
Everybody knows that the Sci-Fi Channel changed over the past decade, in ways that went way beyond the spelling of its name. Gone were shows like Andromeda, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape, replaced by a slate of genre-related reality shows and lighter fare, like Alphas, Being Human, and Eureka and WWE Wrestling. The channel backed away from its roots, and stopped making the kinds of shows it used to be known for. That all changed with the announcement that the channel had decided to adapt these gritty, ambitious Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (the pen name of writing team Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) I felt a surge of optimism when the plane touched down in Toronto to see what new direction the channel was pointed in.