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The Expanse - Season 2 - Full Season Thread *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Saturn_V, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Feb 9, 2017 #1 of 239
    Saturn_V

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    No one chimed in during last week's premiere- and since it's only ten episodes, figured a single thread would work. First the cast/showrunner breakdowns from last week:
    E1 "Safe"
    E2 "Doors and Corners"

    and this week's E3: "Static"
     
  2. Feb 9, 2017 #2 of 239
    wprager

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    We started watching it but were too lost. I have, since, watched a 2-minute S1 recap on youtube. Waiting for my wife to watch it as well before we attempt the S2 premiere again.

    We are trying to like it, we really are. But it's so hard to get into. GoT in space was such a terrible comparison. GoT was way easier to get into.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2017 #3 of 239
    stellie93

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    I don't know, I remember being really lost in the first season of GoT. ;)

    I've read the books, so I'm following better. Also ep 3 seemed easier to follow. Don't give up--the books are awesome. The show will be worth the effort.

    I love how Amos is able to see things that the "smarter" ones can't.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2017 #4 of 239
    dianebrat

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    Worth noting, the Syfy Sync app that syncs Philips Hue lights to the shows isn't supported in S02 of The Expanse, it was a nice addition to the first season and I miss it.
     
  5. Feb 9, 2017 #5 of 239
    justen_m

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    I've read the books, so I've got a pretty good idea of what's going on. I'm not sure how much I'd be following if I hadn't. Just keeping track of who's who, and the various groups.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2017 #6 of 239
    Rob Helmerichs

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    It is an incredibly vast story. And I think more challenging than Game of Thrones, because the setting is much less familiar to most people.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2017 #7 of 239
    Saturn_V

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    I love the world building in the show, and that I don't have to "turn the brain off" to swallow the universe The Expanse set up. It's not just the science they're laboring so hard to be true to. But the Old World, New World, Third World (Earth, Mars, Belt) triangle is more nuanced and compelling to watch than the feuding houses in GoT.
     
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  8. Feb 10, 2017 #8 of 239
    Fixer

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    OT: I ranted about this to my wife last week. Why in the hell do so many shows throw "Game of Thrones" into their taglines?

    The Expanse: "Game of Thrones in Space"
    The Magicians: "Narnia meets Game of Thrones"
    Emerald City: "Game of Thrones meets Oz"

    There's probably a few more I've missed, but you get the gist.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2017 #9 of 239
    Saturn_V

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    I died a little when Slate called it Battlestar Galactica meets Game of Thrones.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2017 #10 of 239
    oscarfish

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    One single season 2 thread works for me because I won't have the discipline to save up the unwatched recordings so I can binge at the end of the season.

    I have found the episode recaps on the SyFy web site really helpful. The Expanse Episodes There is more interesting stuff on their site. Some people might also like the interactive guide. The Expanse

    I have read all but the last novel (and two of the novellas). In S1, I found the Amos characters to be the most different between the TV show and the books. In the TV show it felt like he was being used to generate internal conflict within the group, but when reading the books, it didn't feel that way, more like "good, Amos is on it". So far in S2, Amos feels to me more like the book version.
     
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  11. Feb 13, 2017 #11 of 239
    cwerdna

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    I'm all caught up I might later create some separate ep threads. I'm going be out of town for a few weeks starting soon.

    In the book, are the Martian Marines featured as eager for war and battle w/Earth?

    I was confused by the remarks about if the PDCs had penetrated the inner hull of the Roci. It sure seems like they got thru if they entered the crew compartment, as depicted.

    I was surprised to learn those drop ships are so vulnerable given that it seemed like the Donnager didn't destroy any of them in their battle.
     
  12. Feb 13, 2017 #12 of 239
    Rob Helmerichs

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    It wasn't if they got through, it was if they hit stuff they missed (like people or the reactor).
     
  13. Feb 13, 2017 #13 of 239
    Saturn_V

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    No. The escalation of the cold war is more subtle in the books. And when we're introduced to Bobby and her platoon, there is no "praying for war" among them, only increased vigilance.


    The Belter drop ships used at Thoth were merely improvised cargo containers (with 300 year old FedEx logos) The boarding ships used on the Donnager were built by Earth and Protogen. and the boarding parties were well-armed and well-equipped.
     
  14. Feb 13, 2017 #14 of 239
    jon777

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    I'm currently reading the first book (Leviathan Wakes). Does S1 of the show correspond to Book 1, and would does S1 have spoilers from future books? Am more interested in the books and not being spoiled, so if S1 has future book spoilers, probably won't watch it until I've eventually made my way thru the books.
     
  15. Feb 13, 2017 #15 of 239
    stellie93

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    It would be safer to read books 1 and 2 first if you don't want them spoiled. Avasarala isn't even in book one, but she was in season 1. If you love them as much as I did, it won't take long. ;)
     
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  16. Feb 13, 2017 #16 of 239
    madscientist

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    I've mentioned in various threads, S1 covers about 70% or so of book 1 (that's just a WAG). There are also some characters in S1 that aren't in book 1 (and some characters in S2 that aren't in book 1 either, even though we still haven't technically hit the end of the first book in S2). Also there's at least one HUGE change in the TV show from the book. I'm interested to see if they try to realign that difference this season, or not.
     
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  17. Feb 14, 2017 #17 of 239
    jon777

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    Thanks -- I'll probably at least go through books 1 & 2 before starting the show then to at least minimize spoilers.
     
  18. Feb 14, 2017 #18 of 239
    jakerock

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    The books are great! I just started the audiobook of the last one.
     
  19. Feb 14, 2017 #19 of 239
    Saturn_V

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    Thanks, that interactive guide is kinda neat. Didn't grasp the spin gravity on asteroids concept until i saw it in the guide.
     
  20. Feb 14, 2017 #20 of 239
    TAsunder

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    I have not read the books. I remember going from enjoying it but finding it uneven in quality early on in S1 to thinking it really came together and now was quite good by the end of S1. So far, S2 has been outstanding. I've had zero trouble following anything (which I had occasionally in S1). Everything feels tight and connected and the pressure is building. It feels like several orders of magnitude better than S1 to me so far.

    The weak point for me remains Shohreh Aghdashloo. I just do not like her in this. She's been ok in other things, but her voice is just way too monotone. I could downplay it early in S1 as her being an effete character, but now she's a central piece and has real feelings and what not and her dialogue is still incredibly flat.

    Still, a minor complaint for a show I would consider perhaps my favorite on TV (though, after 1 episode, Legion, which is on at the same time, is a contender as well).
     

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