The Expanse Season 2 finally turned up on Netflix here in Germany so we started in again. I just got up to episode 5.
The show gets REALLY good. Episode 5 is the point where the story started in Season 1 really ends, with the culmination of the action and characters matching what happens at the end of the first book in the series. So my complaint about the weak ending of Season 1 is really just that they stopped after the wrong episode. Treat the Season 1 storyline as reaching up to S2E5.
A few things:
The extra money spent on this season is seriously noticeable in terms of effects and sets and direction and everything. I’m really pleased it got the cash injection it needed to do the story and action justice.
The acting in the season opener wasn’t all that good, but the new characters quickly find their feet. Also Miller becomes a bit more interesting, mainly because he’s freed up slightly from what was written about him in the book.
I love the fact that the science and physics in the show is kept as real to life as possible. There are some major exceptions though, of course, like gravity in ships and noise in space, both of which I’m totally fine with. They are movie/TV shortcuts to easier filming and more immersive action. Good.
More importantly, because physics exists in the universe, things like time and space and fuel and inertia matter! The action depends on the speed of light not giving different factions time to talk things out. Contrast this to the latest Star Trek Mind-Meld-Across-1000-Light-Years immediate communications bullshit. It’s also important for making things interesting when something starts breaking the humans’ understanding of physics. It becomes meaningful.
Just the scene where and old couple are saying goodbyes, but having to talk from the Moon to the Earth and deal with the two second radio delay. It was amazing! It was the first of two times I cried during that episode. Sure, I was watching on a plane, and probably suffering from AALS (Altitude Adjusted Lachrymosity Syndrome), but I don’t remember crying twice during any single TV episode before.