The first few episodes of season 5 of the Expanse dropped last week so I watched them yesterday. It looks like the rest of the episodes are going to be released on a weekly basis.
The production values remain top notch. And while I’m not sure about some of the visuals in these episodes, it still more or less retains its commitment to Newtonian movement in space, with spaceships moving around like actual spaceships, having to accelerate and decelerate, no onboard gravity when they’re coasting, etc. A sharp contrast to the submarine or aircraft carrier like dynamics most space shows adopt.
It’s been a while since I read the fifth book, but so far, based on what I can recall, it’s broadly being followed. But there are aspects of the sixth book mixed in a bit early, and even discussion of things that don’t really get addressed until the later books. The last point is interesting because, while Amazon already renewed the show for a sixth season, it’s also been announced that the sixth will be the final one. It’s unclear whether books 7-9 will ever be adapted, so front loading of any of their content increases my hopes that the core mysteries of the series will get addressed.
Of course, I’m still reading the books and currently waiting for book 9 to drop, so to the extent those mysteries are revealed in that final book, I’ll already know the answers. But it would be a shame if the show ended up just omitting them.
Anyway, this is my periodic recommendation of the series. The vision is darker than something like Star Trek. It’s a dangerous world with serious problems, one upended by the discovering of an alien technology. So it’s not for everyone. But intelligent space opera is, unfortunately, rare in movies and TV, so if that’s your thing, and you’ve somehow missed the show until now, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Are you watching it? If so, what do you think?