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Friday, 24 November 2017

Adventures through Netflix - The Expanse Season 2 Review



I know. I know... its been out for ages. But give me a break there's a lot of crap to watch and only so much time to watch it. 

The Expanse, if you don't know, is a futuristic sci-fi series set in a dystopian future where humans have successfully colonised the solar system, well Mars and some asteroids anyway. In typical human fashion, they have all become attached to their bits of rock, put flags on them and decided to hate everyone else. 

The series is both a sci-fi epic and political drama at the same time. An odd line to toe, but very skillfully done (think star wars prequel politics, but completely relate-able and not shit). The first series included a film noir detective story with Thomas Jane, which was good but unfortunately fell away at season 2. 

As well as rising tension between Mars, Earth and Belter's (those who live in the belt....doi) we follow a rag tag crew thrust together by fate... blah blah blah. While the premise may sound a little woolly, its actually a fantastic series with lots of great acting especially from Shohreh Aghdashloo who is both a strong moral centre and damn bad-ass. 

Shohreh Aghdashloo fronts the political drama side of the show, uncovering evil mega-corporation conspiracy's on earth. That's right, earth are the bad guys, as usual. While this is a slightly tired metaphor for the first world these days, I still enjoy watching it because its still bloody true! 

Season 2 sees the crew of the "Rocinante" (their stolen ship) try to uncover the mystery of the blue glowy stuff that seems to be the key to ultimate control over the solar system as an unlimited form of energy and obviously a next level type super-weapon...

I did miss the awesome down and out detective routine and to be honest, if they had dropped the whole "rogue crew of space pirates" bit and kept the murder-mystery and political drama I think season 2 might have been better. 

Summarise!

Its very good, possibly just as good as the first season and completely binge worthy although some elements were definitely stronger than others. 

4/5 Slices

 

1 comment:

  1. Amazing! I suppose this weekend is going to be so much fun. I have finished watching series by Andy Yeatman and I can start with some new ones now. I never like to break what I am watching and that’s the reason I enjoyed watching these shows.

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