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The Expanse 

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A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

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Series cast summary:
Steven Strait ...  Jim Holden / ... 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Cas Anvar ...  Alex Kamal 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Dominique Tipper ...  Naomi Nagata 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Wes Chatham ...  Amos Burton 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Shohreh Aghdashloo ...  Chrisjen Avasarala 40 episodes, 2015-2019
Frankie Adams ...  Roberta 'Bobbie' W. Draper / ... 35 episodes, 2017-2019
Thomas Jane ...  Joe Miller / ... 27 episodes, 2015-2019
Shawn Doyle ...  Sadavir Errinwright 27 episodes, 2015-2018
Florence Faivre ...  Julie Mao 24 episodes, 2015-2018
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Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized solar system, police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), who was born in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing young woman; Julie Mao (Florence Faivre). Meanwhile, James Holden (Steven Strait), the first officer of an ice freighter, is witness to an unprovoked attack upon the ship, by craft believed to be from Mars (MCRN Federation). As news of the attack spreads throughout the system, the incident's flow-on threatens to destabilize already tenuous relations between Earth, Mars and The Belt. Far away from the struggles in deep space, on Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a powerful United Nations executive and diplomat, works to prevent war between Earth and Mars by any means. Soon, the 3 find out the missing woman and the ice freighter's fate are part of a vast covert conspiracy which threatens all humanity. Written by nano_tech

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23 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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The name of the ship, Rocinante, is the name of Don Quixote's horse from the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The episode names Dulcinea and Windmills may also be allusions to the novel. See more »

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The LDSS Nauvoo (Latter Day Saints Ship) has a rotational axis parallel to the direction of the thrust. In Season 2 we can see that the thrust certainly is a strong force, probably 1G. At that thrust, everything inside the ship would feel as if the forward end of the ship (bow) is 'up', the backside (stern) as 'down'. All the landscape, soil, trees etc. that the Mormons would need to plant inside the ship would need to be planted after the ship goes into its 'coast' phase, so they can spin the cylinder to make gravity. The ship would not have enough fuel to be under thrust for the whole trip, using a maximum of 50% of its fuel to accelerate, as it needs the other 50% to decelerate at the end of their trip (that's ignoring any maneuvering reserve) That is why it is a generation ship - its almost 12 light years to Tau Ceti, their destination. Even if they can achieve 10% the speed of light, that is 120 years, and is ignoring the acceleration/deceleration sequence. There is one way to handle the issue, is have all the 'landscape/growing areas on pivots, so the deck can re-orient itself to whatever way is 'down'. But as we are never shown these areas, their 'solution' to the issue is moot. See more »

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A future Cult Series
3 March 2017 | by alexodiseaSee all my reviews

The Expanse is not an easy series to start. The first couple of episodes are slower because there are a lot of world building to do and character to present. That can threw off a lot of people, but if you keep watching, the series shows everything one can hope in a Sci-fi and space opera series. I also realized that the first slowest episodes are much better in a re watch when you know the characters and what is going on.

The first season is a more paused space opera, but in the 2nd season the brakes are off, the stakes are higher and its being an even more awesome show. The 5th chapter of 2nd season "Home" is one of the best chapters in the history of sci-fi without a doubt.

The series follow several mayor characters across the solar system:

Miller, a burn out cop searching for a missing girl in Ceres in the asteroid belt, Avasarala, a ruthless Earther politician who wants to stop a possible war between Earth and Mars, Holden, the 2nd officer in an Ice hauler who sees himself in a situation he never saw coming...

Later more characters join the plot with the same level of importance like Bobbie the Martian Marine, Fred Johnson, Tycho station head project and one of the OPA leaders and a lot of other complex characters.

The plot and characters at first feel disconnected and random, but when the series develops, you realize they they fit incredibly well.

The special effects are top notch with some incredible gorgeous shots, and and incredible attention to detail. That shows in how smartly they use real physics in a way that is almost a character and plot in itself.

The acting is great for the most part. Specially Thomas Jane, who simply nails it in a way that makes Miller one of the most compelling and charismatic characters in TV in a long time.

So to summarize:

  • Great plot


  • Great Characters


  • Stuning Special Effects


  • Great use of real physics


  • Hard to follow at the beginning, but with a great payoff later


  • Great re watch value


  • The series is gonna be a CULT SERIES, mark my words-


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