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  1. I am amazed they have 13 episodes , GoT has always gotten only 10 and now less. There was a time on TV when there would a season in the fall and one in the spring! It could be 30 or 40 episodes! I wonder if they will keep doing 13? Season 2 was better than season 1 which was good.
  2. I am really impressed with this show. As I have said I have been reading the prose form is this kind of science fiction since the early 1950s and this seems the first time, as TV drama, I seen a close to full realization of the source material I am so familiar with. I am not discounting Star Trek , which got there first, Roddenberry too was a knowable fan of the prose form. But have never seen space-opera-SF-on-a-chipped-plate , just as it came off the page , and that page, or pages have been around since 1938. Been telling people for years that there is a body of science fiction stories that the TV visual media has never touched, glad someone finally did it.
  3. One thing of note about The Expanse, last episode this week, but 13 episodes for season 2, despite some limitations, this is an expensive show , so that many episodes is unusual. GoT , still don't know the total take, seems to make a lot market wise, yet still limited the narrative time for the story, when seems many elements seem too rushed. An attribute that has been around since the beginning.
  4. Can't quite figure out the lack of dimensionality to Holden's character either. Have seen Steven Strait in other dramas he seems to have range enough. So seems to be the teleplay framing and (I guess?) director's instructions. It is kind of anoying.
  5. Have to say Errinwritht's actions did not undercut my expectations. I could see the set up from last week's episode to the beginning of this one. If the plot had gone in a different direction I would have been surprised. Still a good story, have not read the books but the implication now seems dead set on a war between Mars and the Earth, which if had been avoided would have demanded a more imaginative narrative.
  6. This was the 2nd best episode of the series. I can't see how the can trump episode 5 of this season. Maybe next season. This show is unique as TV 'solar system space opera' ( I use the term space opera in the sense that it evolved in the prose form). Star Trek is more proper 'interstellar flight space opera' , for want of a better word. The Expanse is doing narrative that is directly from the pages of prose SF starting in 1938 with John W Campbell's taking the helm of Astounding. This kind of story telling has been common currency on the page for the last 80 years! It has taken that long to get it on TV! (Have had good 'space opera' in the movies, Forbidden Planet, sophisticated 'future on a chipped plate' SF ... Blade Runner, Big Thinks Science fiction , 2001: A Space Odyssey. I kind of doubt there ever will be another Big Thinks SF movie or TV.)
  7. Got to say , tho, that Season 2 Episode 5 is the best TV science fiction story I have ever seen.(TV that is.)
  8. Of course we get a 3rd season. I puzzle tho , the ratings have been up and down this season, ... my un-comprehensive observation of net interest is that the show does not have a lot of buzz because many are not watching it. Stranger Things (which I like) gets more 'press' while the The Expanse does not, strange.
  9. My complaint is not that there might be some like this, just that the number portrayed seems too big.
  10. I suppose, but it seems so many, why would anyone die if they could go to say, a emergency room?Even if they don't take Basic? They would choose to let things get that dire? Yeah maybe some , but not that many? Seems weird.
  11. I may be too optimistic but I foresee that in a hundred years all the nations of the Earth will have attained a high level of economic and technological existence. Right now every 'advanced' nation on the Earth has a declining birth rate , makes economic sense. I can see the population growing a little more , then it will decline. The world population rate has been slowing , and that means everybody, for the last 75 years. Projections at the current rate are no more than 10 billion in 100 years. In any case , on the show, there was the implication that the underclasses , while not living in luxury , at all, would not die of sickness or starve to death! That seems out of whack. That seemed the indication in an exchange in a recent episode. If it is really as easy to colonize the Moon and Mars , as the show has it, in 200 years, I could see a few billion if not more going off-planet. I like the time scale here , 200 years is a good number, I would make it 300 to 400 to hedge bets about the viability of the set up.
  12. 30 billion, hmm... not read the books, well ok, but for the implied economic set up I consider that a society way out in the tail of the distribution. At least 200 years in the future. More realistic would be a population about 10 times smaller, one could still have a 'disadvantaged' class ... don't really buy this set up.
  13. I see, well it's a possible future society. I don't find it a plausible one. Just from the show the implicit make up seems to be, 200 years in the future, an Earth with a smaller population , and a one-planet wide government (by the by that's an old old old science fiction prose theme ) with a big enough economy to support a high technological society both on and off planet, even if there is a welfare state one would suppose it does not look like something from the 19th century!
  14. Found the 'homeless' , under the bridges?, not exactly believable. Yeah 200 years in the future is impossible to predict, but in episode before there some some expository dialog about how the unemployed masses , apparently, were taken care of even if they had a rather bland existence. Have not read the books , so don't know if t his is explained in there.