The Expanse (SyFy)


#782

Huh, not sure what you mean - it’s a prime original, so it’ll be on Amazon prime. Or are you just talking about the previous seasons (which are likely still licensed to other carriers in other jurisdictions - in Canada they’re still held by Space Network, which is similar to SyFy I think, and I don’t think available streaming).


#783

In the US, it looks like you can see Season 1 on SyFy, but that’s it.


#784

I just want Season 3 to show up on Amazon already.

It’s so weird that they bought the show and I can’t watch the freaking thing.


#785

Same with Lucifer - Netflix picked it up, and I was on episode 2 or 3 of season 3 and poof, all but the last five of the season vanished, and now I guess I wait for ALL of season 4 to be available on Netflix but instead finally watch S3. WTF.


#786

I just listen to the books. Looks like the newest one is almost out on Audible. If I knew how to link here I would.

This series goes up and down. I do like the characters though.


#788

Vin let me tell you. The books are very good semi-hard science fiction. there are some unbelievable moments (as in my suspension of disbelief was gone) BUT — I kept with the series.

Ultimately I like the characters so much and the general direction of the novels to stick with it.

Btw I am reading “Ancillary Justice” by Leckie atm. Strange, weird point of view, and completely wonderful.


#789

Correct!


#790

They lost me in book 3, in large part due to psycho-assassin girl and their attempts to rehabilitate her. Well, that and what I saw as a very uncreative and uninteresting direction to go with the protomolecule. It bugs me, though, because Leviathan Wakes is so good.

That entire series is singularly fantastic.


#791

Finally watched this over the holidays and wow, it is good! The worldbuilding and visuals are delicious and I grew to like the characters a lot as well. Still miss Miller eventhough he kinda appeared in the third season.

I think I might just read the series now. Is the show faithful to it or do the storylines diverge a lot? Where in the books is the end of third season?


#792

It is mostly faithful to the books. There are some changes to the relationship within the crew. Naomi Nagata is more of an active OPA supporter on the show than in the books. In the books, Naomi did not betray the crew concerning the Protomolecule to the OPA. (This change bothered me the most as a fan of the books). The Naomi I had come to know and like just wouldn’t have done that.

There are some differences in how the Rocinante crew deals with the researcher Dresden, and, ultimately, Jules-Pierre Mao. There are some changes in Meng and how that arc is resolved. Errinwright’s role as villain is expanded, lengthened into season 3 (instead of being defeated at the end of Season 2) and made more black/white on the show.

A lot of tiny changes here and there too numerous to count. The legal maneuverings of Mars in trying to get back the Rocinante is more explicit – which places more pressure on the Roci. There is some explicit reloading of the Roci’s weapon supplies by the Mars navy and a deal with the MCRN to explain how that is justified. Avasarala’s role is maintained and Bobbie is introduced earlier and stretched out longer as a regular character.

More time was taken to resolve all of the plot threads in Book 1 over Season 1 and 2, but by the end of season 3, it’s more or less on track and the story is at the end of book 3. Season 4 should start Book 4 – and presumably will resolve it.

It’s an adaptation - but a relatively faithful one. Certainly as close – and probably closer – an adaptation than is Game of Thrones to ASoIaF.


#793

Thank you for such detailed reply. That sounds good. Will read.


#794

I enjoyed the series to the point where I have progressed; but here I must confess, I have become “unsullied” as of Book 4. I have never progressed beyond Book 4. (I started listening to The Expanse after Season 1 aired.)

I prefer my “reading” over the past decade to be via audiobook. I actually have all of The Expanse from Audible, but what happened in the audiobook series is that for some reason, the narrator of Books 1-3 (Jefferson Mays) changed with Book 4. He resumed with Book 5, but Book 4 had a different narrator. The new reader is not as good and, more importantly, is a jarring and unexpected voice. You have to be a regular consumer of audiobooks to get how off-putting that can be (different and jarring = intrinsically BAD), but the end result is that I have never pushed myself through Book 4.

Looking now on Audible, it seems that the reader of Book 4 has changed back to Jefferson Mays!?! This is very odd. Hmmm. I will have to re-download the book and continue the audiobook series. Bizarre.

Ahh. Here it is in The Expanse Wiki: “Mays narrated the audiobook versions of the first three novels in The Expanse. The fourth book, Cibola Burn, was narrated by Erik Davies instead, due to scheduling conflicts, as Mays was acting on Broadway. **In March 2017, Hachette Audio re-issued Cibola Burn recorded by Jefferson Mays.”**

So I’m not crazy or mis-remembering things. Always good to know!


#795

Avasarala shows up in the TV series much earlier and with way more presence than she did in the book. That’s not a bad thing though, they just kind of bump up her storyline, so that she is in the series more. Over all its a pretty good conversion from book to film. As Steel Wind states, its mostly true to the books but with liberties taken for dramatic flow reasons and to expedite the narrative.


#796

Nobody mentioned how Space John Snow is much more annoying in the TV series!


#797

I was fine with this because I adore her so, truth be told. Her, Miller, Amos and Bobby I feel have been the best castings so far.


#798

And those are my favourite characters, hah


#799

Fucking a, man.


#800

That expression…doesn’t really work in text.


#801

You’re right, I needed to add a comma.


#802

Hyphens.

I also like Alex, Fred Johnson, Drummer, and Klaes Ashford (the guy wearing black leather in the OPA, was the old guy in Alphas).

Basically I don’t like Holden, Naomi, and that dickwad traitor in the UN council.