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Expected to see an "Alien" creature when the ice-mining space ship got a distress call from another ship and detoured their mission.
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Expected to see an "Alien" creature when the ice-mining space ship got a distress call from another ship and detoured their mission
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Maybe you blinked at just the wrong moment.

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Blown away by the first episode. I've read the books, so am familiar enough with the universe and overall storyline not to expect a literal adaptation. If I were one of the authors I'd be freaked out with joy at how good it is.

By far the best visual effects ever on a space show. Period. Reason enough to watch right there.

No real issues with any of the casting or performances. Very impressed with how adroitly the script managed to introduce the main characters, set up a complex tripartite universe, give us a rich helping of spectacular eye candy... and tell a whole bunch of story, too. That's professionals at work.

I am so in, I'm ready to order the Blu-rays right now.
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Just watched it on demand. That was a great premire episode! I have not read the books, now I wish I had. I hope it stays close to the original story. I'm sure those that have read them will chime in.
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Watched the pilot twice now and as a loyal book reader I'm really looking forward to this. But goddamn I wish this was a Netflix production so I could binge-watch! (I am so spoiled now...)

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Read only the Wiki summaries of the book series and 1st video, looking for a supposed 'universe changing' event early on when I watched the ice freighter visit to the distress-call ship. Guess I must have blinked at the wrong moment as DrDon hints above. Anyone know what that event is--other than that new very lively ship? -- John

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Read only the Wiki summaries of the book series and 1st video, looking for a supposed 'universe changing' event early on when I watched the ice freighter visit to the distress-call ship. Guess I must have blinked at the wrong moment as DrDon hints above. Anyone know what that event is--other than that new very lively ship? -- John
Well, I know what it is in the books, but its revelation and exposition are woven into the ongoing story. You saw the first evidence of it in the engineering section of the Scopuli. You're not supposed to know exactly what that was, and since I have no idea how well the series will follow the books, I guess I don't either.
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The "universe changing" event will occur over the entire season. It's discovery happens in the first few minutes but viewers (like the book readers) won't know what it means until later.

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I figure the event was related to what she saw when she finally got into engineering. I'm going guess it's some kind of FTL drive. (I haven't read the books).
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Thanks for info on the initial 'universe changing' clue. Maybe I'll re-watch that engineering-section scene. The Wikipedia sections (show, novels) outlines a different way they get around, although guess you wouldn't call it a real FTL drive. -- John
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No HD

I would have, but Brighthouse in Tampa only offering SD. Guess
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Watched the initial show free again, looking for the series' universe-changing clue. (A search with my FIOS guide reveals free episode viewing, while a VOD search shows only a rent/buy option.)

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Recent NY Times review of "The Expanse," starting Monday, 12/14 on SyFy.

And while you're there, "Childhood's End," (NY Times review) is on SyFy, same evening. -- John
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Purchased The Expanse on Vudu after watching the first ep free. The season is on sale for $20 HDX 5.1 surround.

I'm in. Hope they keep up the caliber of the show!

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I am very much looking forward to watching the on-air premier of The Expanse tonight. I enjoyed the pilot, which felt to me like a mix of Aliens and Blade Runner, and I look forward to learning more about the characters and the world they live in.

p.s. I also am interested in the miniseries Childhood's End (based on novel by Arthur C. Clark), premiering right before the airing of The Expanse.

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Another Syfy show.
My opinion is the best course is to skip it (or record and store) until it proves itself.
Too much good stuff out there to waste time on a likely dud. And if it's good, we can watch it next year.
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p.s. I also am interested in the miniseries Childhood's End (based on novel by Arthur C. Clark), premiering right before the airing of The Expanse.
Recording both tonite.



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I watched the premiere of The Expanse on YouTube this weekend since I have some recording conflicts tonight (Legends and Fargo, don' cha know). The set up was a bit confusing at first, with so many characters and settings thrown at you, but I definitely became interested in the universe this is setting up. The episode ended ...
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At the very least, so far, this show seems to be on par with Dark Matter and Killjoys, which I enjoyed last summer.
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Another Syfy show.
My opinion is the best course is to skip it (or record and store) until it proves itself.
Too much good stuff out there to waste time on a likely dud. And if it's good, we can watch it next year.
I've been having more than my share of problems finding enough "good stuff" to take up my time. So, I'll be tuning this one in. The pilot had more than enough to tantilize me.

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Enjoyed the first episode. The FX are passable, at best; but I liked the story setup. The way people act and the things they say seem like an organic evolution of humans taking to life in space rather than some made up drivel. Also, after watching S1 of Jessica Jones, I think I've had about all the Noir I can handle for a few years. I hope they tone it down a bit with the character Thomas Jane plays. I'm guessing the hunaity changing discovery has to do with the blue, plasma like, stuff the surrounded the power core of the Scopuli. I look forward to binging on E2 and the first two episodes of Childhood's End tonight.

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Enjoyed the first episode. The FX are passable, at best; but I liked the story setup. The way people act and the things they say seem like an organic evolution of humans taking to life in space rather than some made up drivel. Also, after watching S1 of Jessica Jones, I think I've had about all the Noir I can handle for a few years. I hope they tone it down a bit with the character Thomas Jane plays. I'm guessing the hunaity changing discovery has to do with the blue, plasma like, stuff the surrounded the power core of the Scopuli. I look forward to binging on E2 and the first two episodes of Childhood's End tonight.
What do you mean the FX are passable? The first episode has hands down the best FX I've ever seen from a TV series, rivaling perhaps BSG. One thing I absolutely wouldn't fault is the FX, of all things.
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Enjoyed the first episode. The FX are passable, at best; but I liked the story setup. The way people act and the things they say seem like an organic evolution of humans taking to life in space rather than some made up drivel. Also, after watching S1 of Jessica Jones, I think I've had about all the Noir I can handle for a few years. I hope they tone it down a bit with the character Thomas Jane plays. I'm guessing the hunaity changing discovery has to do with the blue, plasma like, stuff the surrounded the power core of the Scopuli. I look forward to binging on E2 and the first two episodes of Childhood's End tonight.

I don't think it's the "goo" but rather
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What do you mean the FX are passable? The first episode has hands down the best FX I've ever seen from a TV series, rivaling perhaps BSG. One thing I absolutely wouldn't fault is the FX, of all things.
Agree 100%. BSG is the gold standard for FX and this rivals that. Plus I enjoyed it. Bonus.
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I agree, I watched it a couple weeks ago and that was my first thought as well, a human(or humanoid-like entity) being consumed by the blue light. My second thought was I hope the character that opened that door will be in later episodes and didn't die in that scene.
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What do you mean the FX are passable? The first episode has hands down the best FX I've ever seen from a TV series, rivaling perhaps BSG. One thing I absolutely wouldn't fault is the FX, of all things.
IMO, not even close to BSG. I'd put them in the same league as Firefly or late Babylon 5. ...and that bird. ...ugh. As a consolation; the practical sets, costuming and props seemed very good.

ON EDIT: It could be I'm just noticed the things that bothered me more that the things that didn't.


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IMO, not even close to BSG. I'd put them in the same league as Firefly or late Babylon 5. ...and that bird. ...ugh. As a consolation; the practical sets, costuming and props seemed very good.

ON EDIT: It could be I'm just noticed the things that bothered me more that the things that didn't.
I'll have to watch it again to be sure, but wasn't the bird artificial and likely false-looking because of that, it was purposely drawn that way to emphasize that? In other words, it looked fake because it was fake.
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Watched this a few weeks ago and barely recall the bird. #ImGettingOld

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Watched this a few weeks ago and barely recall the bird. #ImGettingOld
Same here, as I recall it was in the marketplace or something, I think it was on a base/colony on Ceres?

I'll probably watch it again tonight with the airing of the second episode.
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I'll have to watch it again to be sure, but wasn't the bird artificial and likely false-looking because of that, it was purposely drawn that way to emphasize that? In other words, it looked fake because it was fake.
It was bad either way. That being said; I am able to look past all of that if what's left holds up. So far it has.
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