The Expanse (SyFy)


#621

It’s actually quite amazing that they’re able to change things up so drastically from the previous episode, including adding a big time gap, but the show both rolls smoothly into the new plot lines and yet keeps existing fans happy. It’s a testament to the quality of the characters as written and acted, I think.


#622

Favorite part of episode was when I saw the bomb. Wait. Wait is that…

🍑🍑🍑🍑!!! Oh the stupid spoiler tag breaks the emoji. These are peaches.


#623

He really wanted to be the Alpha.

deadpan


#624

The joke is lost on me, I’m afraid. :-(


#625

It was a pretty good show. Which of course, meant it got cancelled.


#626

His vaguely Nordic accent felt convincing to me as a native speaker at least. Since I didn’t know who he was, I expected him to be some Scandinavian actor.


#627

#628

That’s just fantastic. I don’t think I ever really believed it was canceled because that just broke my brain. Glad to hear I don’t have to try to come to terms with it.


#629

Was the main influence on the Belterese accent supposed to be Nordic? Based on Jared Harris’ turn as the leader/crime boss on Ceres, I thought it was Afrikaans.


#630

I don’t know if it was supposed to be Nordic, but it definitely sounded like it. It would fit with the name as well, being a not uncommon Swedish name.


#631

Whee. I’m guessing that Amazon thus will have to buy the streaming rights from Netflix since they (NF) had a distribution deal with Syfy for Europe. I actually hope they can fastrack this so that I don’t have to wait 5 months for season 3 to be available over here.


#632

Excellent news!


#633

Awesome. I hope that next time they decide to cancel it they will work with the writers to prepare proper ending.


#634

It really is the little victories that keep me energized in these times we currently live in.


#635

Did he say “seasons” at the end of his announcement?

SEASONSSSSSSSS


#636

Insofar as one can be a ‘fan’ of a gigantic corporation, I was already an Amazon fan. Prime is fantastic. Now this has me ready to wear a T-Shirt with their logo. Woot! :)


#637

It was firefly all over again for me :p


#638

YEAH GOOD NEWS! A SCI FI SHOW I LIKE GOT RENEWED! THANX AMAZON PRIME! AND YEAH BRING BACK ALPHAS! Straitharn is a good actor… a Sayles veteran. Can’t go wrong with him. Belters are cool!


#639

The Belter accent is hard to place, for the good reason that various actors have called upon different sources to inspire them. It’s wholly made up so that’s an exceptionally hard thing to do. The human brain processes language and accents on levels that duck and weave in and out of our consciousness. Our ears detect things which are “off” without understanding how or why they are “off”. Accents are hard.

I agree that Jared Harris’ accent while playing Anderson Dawes “felt” true and organic in a way that some others have not. I think that is because most viewers were simply unfamiliar with his source, but recognized that it was consistent.

I actually don’t mind the Belter accent of Drummer (played by Cara Gee) and some of its vaguely Chinese sounding elements - the nasal intonation in some of her pronunciation feels both Chinese and real; however, my wife thinks it’s terrible and wanders all over the place. My wife probably has a point. Still, I like the weird Asian influences more than when Naomi’s Belter accent trails off into Caribbean patois. I’m waiting for Naomi to just go all in and call someone a “blud clot”.

Maybe it’s simply safe to say that invented accents are very hard to do convincingly and leave it at that.


#640

Especially when the accents are substituting for what is, in the books, a creole formed from bits and pieces of a couple dozen different languages in a way that’s largely incomprehensible for people who didn’t grow up in the Belt (i.e., everyone in the audience). I was looking forward to hearing it spoken but I can understand why they chose not to try.