I had been seeing a lot about "The Expanse". It was mostly from Syfy itself adverting its own show snd crowing about ist. But, it worked because I decided to check it out - I'm always up for some good science fiction television.
RATING: A Terrible out of a possible Mediocre
The scenes are disjointed with the editing often not telling the story well. The shot reverse shot for seeing what the character is seeing or linking scenes or ideas is often lost. Many of the characters cannot be understood because of mumbling or poor recording. Are they mumbling or art they trying to 'affect' accents? I cannot tell! I might understand if English is not the first language of many of the cast, but all of teh actors have decent acting careers where this was NOT an issue...the scrip, direction of how to speak the dilague, and/or recording of lines was garbage.
As far as characters: None of the characters are well established or which goes back to the editing. Before you can know a character their scene has ended and the story moved off them to someone else. Some of the characters are down right UN-likable, not just angry or possibly conflicted..they are just flip-flop their character traits from scene to scene so you can't get a grip on them. The only character that they just barely made knowable in teh first two episodes as far as who she was, what she did and what she was like was the Navigator, Ade Nygaard (Kristen Hager) who was killed. . A dozen other female characters and NONE of the actresses are as interesting or were given parts/motivations was well as the one they killed.
So “The Expanse,” is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. They might be good books, never heard of them. But even if good the tv show appears to tell those stories poorly. It whip-saws through so many character introductions and story elements that it ultimately undercuts telling a coherent story at all. There are storylines about citizens living rough in an asteroid, terrorists, a cop and a missing woman, and political gamesmanship, but they are all crammed into a few hours. The story or each of these elements has very little room to bloom or even make a bit of sense.
The things I liked were:
- The cast is diverse, with many cultures and races represented on all levels and in most factions.
- The CG and space ship weightless effects are done well enough.
- The base story it was trying to tell could have been be okay...so three cheers for TRYING to adapt more science fiction.
- Scenes in space, an asteroid, Earth and Mars...that is ambitious. (Sadly it was done cheaply and looks like it could all have been accomplished on one sound stage.)