20Needs To Go: The Expanse

Wes Chatham Cas Anvar and Dominique Tipper in The Expanse Season 3

The Expanse is an epic science fiction drama that’s so large in scope that, on a first watch, it could overwhelm you.

Based on a series of novels by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse has several plots going at once: a) a detective born on Ceres is tasked with locating a

missing woman; b) an Executive Officer of an ice-hauling spaceship gets caught up in altercations between Mars, the Belt, and Earth; and c) a U.N. representative tries to stop a war between Mars and Earth.

The show has received praise from critics and fans and has won a Hugo award, but viewership is steadily dropping episode over episode. I the creators want The Expanse to continue, they’ll need quite a few more seasons to match the depth of the novel series.

First, there are a lot of characters to keep track of, not to mention the multiple plots being juggled. While the acting in the show is superb (especially from Thomas Jane and Shawn Doyle), it’s not enough to keep viewers entranced with the world of The Expanse. There’s simply too much in the novels to translate well to the small screen. This could be one show that suddenly gets axed with no resolution, forcing you to read the books.

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