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RE: The State of Space Sci-Fi - Mattias Westlund - 01-28-2022

Time to dredge this thread up again I think, since I recently watched the sixth and final season of The Expanse. And what can I say?

On one level, I thought I would feel more strongly about the show ending. The way it is, it felt like a shrug. It's over, it's done, there won't be any more. That's too bad, but I haven't been blown away by the show after the Amazon takeover, and this was sadly pretty much what I expected. The Expanse just fizzled out in a hurried, inconclusive way. To be clear, I did appreciate S06. It does more right than it does wrong. But without a doubt it was more of a whimper than the bang it deserved.

On a different level, I would be very surprised if this is the last thing we see from the James S. A. Corey universe. Because if this is it, if The Expanse is truly done and dusted, then why the hell did the producers go through the trouble and expense of setting up the whole unresolved Laconia storyline so late in the show? I feel pretty confident there will be more. Maybe not featuring the crew of the Rocinante, but still.

There is hope Smile


RE: The State of Space Sci-Fi - Terry93D - 01-29-2022

(01-28-2022, 10:58 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: Time to dredge this thread up again I think, since I recently watched the sixth and final season of The Expanse. And what can I say?

On one level, I thought I would feel more strongly about the show ending. The way it is, it felt like a shrug. It's over, it's done, there won't be any more. That's too bad, but I haven't been blown away by the show after the Amazon takeover, and this was sadly pretty much what I expected. The Expanse just fizzled out in a hurried, inconclusive way. To be clear, I did appreciate S06. It does more right than it does wrong. But without a doubt it was more of a whimper than the bang it deserved.

On a different level, I would be very surprised if this is the last thing we see from the James S. A. Corey universe. Because if this is it, if The Expanse is truly done and dusted, then why the hell did the producers go through the trouble and expense of setting up the whole unresolved Laconia storyline so late in the show? I feel pretty confident there will be more. Maybe not featuring the crew of the Rocinante, but still.

There is hope Smile

Well, there are three whole books of the series that didn't get adapted. (There are good reasons for this, but I don't wanna potentially spoil things.)

And it's definitely not the last from the James S.A. Corey world. The writers that comprise Corey are under contract for a trilogy which - they say - will take more inspiration from Dune and Ursula K. Le Guin, which excites me as I've enjoyed a lot of Le Guin's stuff and continuously disappointed by my inability to get into the Expanse books.

I'm just getting around to watching season six myself. Enjoying it so far - though I must say that two or so years since I first watched and loved it has considerably cooled my affection for it (still a fantastic series, mind), but then I was never going to get a set of characters I enjoyed as much as Prax, Anna, or Ashford; though I still love seeing Bobbie and Avasarala, and having never read past book three I've enjoyed, and am enjoying, seeing where the storyline, though adapted for the televisual medium, went afterward.


RE: The State of Space Sci-Fi - Nayrb - 02-02-2022

I have no experience with it, sadly. I'm interested to hear that they're going to take influence from Le Guin, though. I'm still waiting for someone to do anything even indirectly associated with her decently on film.

One concern I have with series in general now is that they just go on and on. No one ever just puts a cap on things and completes the story anymore, and the only reason is to keep people paying to watch. Or, when they do finish it, it's unsatisfactory or deviates from the expectations they set up before. I can't say whether I would think continuation is a good or bad thing in this case, because I've never watched or read any of it, of course.


RE: The State of Space Sci-Fi - Terry93D - 02-02-2022

(02-02-2022, 04:19 PM)Nayrb Wrote: I have no experience with it, sadly. I'm interested to hear that they're going to take influence from Le Guin, though. I'm still waiting for someone to do anything even indirectly associated with her decently on film.

One concern I have with series in general now is that they just go on and on. No one ever just puts a cap on things and completes the story anymore, and the only reason is to keep people paying to watch. Or, when they do finish it, it's unsatisfactory or deviates from the expectations they set up before. I can't say whether I would think continuation is a good or bad thing in this case, because I've never watched or read any of it, of course.

You misunderstand me - they're signed for a trilogy of books. James S.A. Corey started as an author. Whether or not this trilogy will ever make it to screen is an open question.

That's one reason I enjoy British miniseries. 4-8 episodes, done and dusted. In any case with The Expanse, it's an adaptation from books. There are nine books, the tv show adapts six. At that point in the story there's a time jump of ~30 years in the books, which is why the tv series ends where it does.