Two episodes in to The Expanse. So far I have no idea what all the fuss is about. Feels like Firefly if you sucked all the humour out with a big sucky-outy thing.
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- of course there are cases of "the amazing thing is not how gracefully the dancing bear dances, the amazing thing is that it dances at all."
Case in point was rotating Ceres. This works great with nickel-iron asteroids, not to much with stony asteroids. Stony Ceres probably does not have the tensile strength to withstand the stress of 0.3 g outwards at the surface.
But it is an impressive point for people who get their science from Star Trek. And I've seen worse scientific mistakes in Larry Niven novels.Mar 20, 2016
- "of course there are cases of "the amazing thing is not how gracefully the dancing bear dances, the amazing thing is that it dances at all.""
Very true. Trying to make an accurate show and missing a few points is orders of magnitude better than not trying at all, as a rule.
I'm less keen on the idea of "show not tell". I consider it an essential part of good storytelling that the audience should understand what's going on. If something complicated is happening, it's the storyteller's responsibility to explain that to their audience. There's no way I'd ever have figured out that the Ceres habitat is actually inside and that gravity is pushing away from the centre. Some things you just have to explain to people. That said, I did like the kicking scene.
I'm up to episode 4 and things are becoming more interesting. Still wouldn't rate it as the greatest thing ever, but I suspect I'll be up to episode 6 by the end of the day.Mar 20, 2016
- Just be reassured that the three seemingly disparate stories will eventually link up (Detective Miller, Holden in the Rosinante, and UN big wig Avasarala)Mar 20, 2016
- well, RE: "show not tell"
Pretty much any time they do this it is not a major plot point, more like a strange thing in the background. With a few exceptions like the kicking scene.Mar 20, 2016
- The "show not tell" sat a bit weird with me too. I hate unnecessary exposition, but expecting viewers to figure out that Ceres is spun-up and everyone is living upside-down seems a bit much. I wonder if the show's producers just figure we live in an age where no one watches anything in isolation and that things will get figured out through conversations like this. That, or the viewer will just think "that's weird" and move on.
I do love that the show seems to deliberately be defying tropes. The Donnager battle episode may be the best example of this where it is done again and again. Still, my favourite may be the scene where a Belter opens his visor in space for a few seconds. We've seen everything from instant ice-cubes (including Gravity) to heads exploding.
I forgive the show on the zero-g oops. It's just so hard to do. Characters will walk over to someone on a console and then lean against it to get a better view. There's another scene where someone is asleep on a bunk in zero-g without them being strapped in or anything. Zero and low g environments are just so tough, I can't blame a TV series to cheat a little bit.
I've gotta make time for these books. It's good to know the water shortage isn't as big a deal in the novels.Mar 20, 2016
- re: problems with show not tell.
Yes, that is a concern. The SyFy network does have web page with sections for the "Science of The Expanse, Season 1, Episode 8" and the like. So there is an "official" source of explanations for puzzling show bits.
http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/photosMar 20, 2016