James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series is being made into a TV show for Syfy, and this is pretty much our first look at it.
Jason, I, and several others discussed the series not too long ago on The Incomparable; I feel comfortable saying that these were my favorite books of 2014. I devoured all four multi-hundred page volumes within the space of a month or so, and regret nothing.
The show looks interesting, veering from low-budget looks on some of the sets that are reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly to pretty solid CGI space scenes. I still think Thomas Jane is too young and too handsome to play the world-weary protagonist Miller, but it’ll hardly stop me from watching. Steven Strait, who plays Holden, the other main character, is not quite what I pictured either—he also seems a bit too young—but again, TV networks are gonna TV network. At least they got the fantastic Shohreh Aghdashloo to play my favorite character, political operative Chrisjen Avasarala.
All in all, I’m looking forward to another well-made space opera on TV—it’s been far too long.