Decrypted: The Expanse: You starting to like space now?

February 17, 2017

Enlarge / THE EXPANSE — “Godspeed” Episode 204 — Pictured: Thomas Jane as Detective Joe Miller — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy) (credit: Rafy/Syfy)

Detective Miller’s plan started to take shape in this week’s episode of The Expanse. We also find out that he had never been on a spacewalk before, despite not having been born down a gravity well. “I’m a city belter,” he tells Diogo as they get to work on Eros’ docks. On Earth, Errinwright—Jules-Pierre Mao’s man inside the UN—appears to be completely out of his depth. And who couldn’t admire the irony of Holden getting Holdened by the captain of the Marasamus, who threatened to broadcast Holden’s actions to the entire system; shades of the Canterbury.

We also got treated to some lovely visuals in this week’s episode. The aerial shots of Mao’s estate for example: acres of manicured lawns and wide open spaces, with the dense sprawl from horizon to horizon just the other side of the wall. Or how about the generation ship Nauvoo firing into life? I adored the way we see its construction scaffold glow red and then yellow-hot as it’s caught in the huge spacecraft’s engine plume.

On this week’s podcast, I’m joined by author Kameron Hurley, and we talk about the show, space opera in general, the depiction of biotech in science fiction, and some of the politics of the Expanse.

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