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The Expanse

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A ScyFy channel production. Guess what? It is a science fiction show. A gritty and dark one. It starts out as Earth vs Mars vs Asteroid Belt cloak and dagger show with a plot about a missing person.

It is a bit hard to follow at first because of the multiple plot lines but as the show goes on the plot lines converge into something bigger. If you want to watch the show then don't read about it. There is a big spoiler that I accidentally read about.

 

It is a very well done show. The story moves along, the acting is good, and the production is excellent (the f/x is as good, if not better than BSG).

 

Season two should be out sometime this year. I'm looking forward to it.

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Also started watching that USA show Colony.  Finished the first season (on Netflix) and the second season just started.  Basically the planet gets invaded by some type of aliens and cities get walled off into colonies managed by humans.  Very little is revealed about the aliens throughout the first season.

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Might give it a look sometime if it comes around on the Net. Just can't get involved in ongoing drama shows anymore. Last series I watched was Boardwalk Empire because of my NJ roots. My ideas of a Belt civilization comes from Larry Niven's books.

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But in Niven's work, read "Protector", Mars is basically useless. No one wanted it and the treaties left it to Earth. Dry, desert, no atmosphere, the Belt gets more valuable minerals easier from the Asteroids and you don't have to get out of Mars' gravity well.

 

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Watched the 1st 2 episodes of season 1 on YouTube. Kinda reminds me of Outland (1981) with Sean Connery. Will see if I can stick with it for the 1st Season but I'm just not sure it's to my liking yet. It's just OK, not exactly my cup of tea.

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