Syfy’s renewed The Expanse, the TV show based on a series of novels by James S.A. Corey, for a second season. The first four episodes have already aired, and The Expanse is already one of our favorite new shows. Watch it here.
I’m torn on this. I am a HUGE fan of the books and this was literally my #1 anticipated new show this year, but the first few episodes have left me cold. There are certainly some really good elements to the show; excellent cast, great FX work. But there are two major things that made me stop watching (or at least pause watching):
1. The pacing is all over the place. I personally think this falls in the laps of the directors but whatever it is, they have a poor sense of timing, drama, or emotion. Everything feels very... flat to me.
2. The show doesn’t really capture ANYTHING I love about the books. Characters like Amos and Avasarala just seem off. Despite casting the perfect actress for Avasarala, there is nothing in her portrayal that hints at the crass and tough, but mostly moral person that I love from the books. She also lacks any of the humor of her literary counterpart, at least in the first few episodes. And Amos, well, I honestly think they just found a poor actor for that role, but again, he doesn’t embody any of the traits that make Amos from the books interesting and enjoyable. He’s not a threatening pretense, he doesn’t have the deadpan sense of humor, or detached morality that make Amos, well, Amos.
I’m sure I’ll drift back to it and give it another shot, but so far The Expanse has been my biggest disappointment of the year.