Now that we’re a few episodes in, it’s becoming clear that The Expanse is a show that’s going to stay in our good books. Or, on our good lists, rather. We’ve gotten a good look at some of the worlds, experienced some of the characters and begun to understand some of their motives, and have a good idea of the type of conflict brewing.
Usually by the time all these things become apparent, you can decide whether or not you’re going to like the show. I’ve decided that I like it, and you probably have, too, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this review.
In this episode, we sacrifice a bit of the grander scope that we’ve been getting accustomed to in the series. Instead, this episode focuses on a much more personal battle, which is great because it shows the true capability of this show in regards to building a universe from the ground up and having realistic conflicts at all levels.
That alone shows that The Expanse is a lot more mature and in-depth than many of the other run-of-the-mill shows available on the network. Another cool thing about the expanse is that it doesn’t necessarily work to blow the viewer’s minds away with expensive computer animation. Instead, it aims to develop a realistic approach to phenomenon many of us will ever experience.
A good example is the way that this show handles its anti-gravity scenes. Many movies and shows paint anti-gravity as a romantic image (though I must admit, the sex scene in the first episode certainly did romance justice), but here, the directors have strived to make it realistic and, in a word, gritty. Watching bubbles of zero G blood float around the surviving characters is one way to do this.
The Expanse also keeps you on your feet. You don’t approach a battle knowing who’s going to win, or even how the battle is going to be one. There are so many factors interplaying at any one time, and we’re always liable to be introduced to a surprise factor at any moment.
The detective’s story has begun to slow, though this is probably necessary for future moments of intrigue. He’s found out that Julie Mao, the object of his investigation, has been involved with Bizi Betiko, whose death doesn’t seem to line up properly. This adds another layer of depth to the mystery.
And, as if the show didn’t have enough depth, this show also introduces us to the Mormons of 200-years-from-now. It seems that, in addition to themes of romance, prejudice, wealth, and conflict between cultures, we also have an added layer of religion. Awesome!
As always, the episode answered few questions and left us with many more. It seems that everything will be lining up sometime soon, though. The Canterbury’s destruction, Julia’s investigation, and the conflicts being pitted against our characters are all intertwined. But how?