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April 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm #1202527619
Syfy’s best current show returns for another 13-episode gig.
Episode 3.1: Fight or Flight
Overview: Picking up immediately after the season 2 finale, Earth and Mars are at war, with each entity vying for control. Now more than ever, the mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule reaches a point where every decision made could jeopardize the very survival of the solar system.
The crew of a Martian Congressional Republic Navy (MCRN) ship, the Rocinante deals with the fallout over Naomi Nagata, XO of the Roci, telling Fred Johnson (de facto leader of the Outer Planets Alliance’s moderate arm) where to find a protomolecule sample. Also, Chrisjen Avasarala, UN Deputy Undersecretary of Executive Administration, and gunnery sergeant Bobbie Draper of the 2nd Martian Marine Expeditionary Force hatch an escape plan.April 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm #1202531914
Episode 3.2: IFF
The renamed Pinus Contorta, formerly the Rocinante, answers an unexpected distress signal as Bobbie and Avasarala are hunted by a mystery assassin. UN Secretary-General Esteban Sorrento-Gillis consults with a colleague from his past as the Earth-Mars war rages.April 24, 2018 at 8:57 pm #1202535373
Episode 3.3: Assured Destruction
A critically ill Avasarala and Bobbie seek refuge aboard the Pinus Contorta as Earth maps out a devastating gambit to gain advantage on Mars. Reverend Anna Volovodov, a pastor of Methodists on Jupiter’s moon Europa, struggles to convince Sorrento-Gillis to bring the Earth/Mars war to a quick end.April 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm #1202535819
Best episode of the season so far, and like Continuum before it, The Expanse’s quality is why there needs to be an amendment to Emmy and Gloden Globe eligibility. Any English language show, no matter its country of origin, no strings attached, if it debuts on a U.S. broadcast network, basic cable or premium cable channel, will in fact be eligible for award consideration. I urge you to check out SyFy On Demand and challenge you to become a fan 🙂 Respectfully.Riley (the normal one, not the one who won the predictions contest)ParticipantApril 25, 2018 at 11:19 pm #1202535872
How would the rules have to be amended? The Expanse is eligible and an American show to boot.April 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm #1202536713
How would the rules have to be amended? The Expanse is eligible and an American show to boot.
Riley, in light of Universal Cable’s unveiling of their SyFy contender list today (all of one show), is it possible, a) that there isn’t *enough* US participation in the bankrolling of the Toronto-filmed show or b) SyFy, incredibly, doesn’t think highly enough of it to push it for Emmys?Riley (the normal one, not the one who won the predictions contest)ParticipantApril 27, 2018 at 4:35 pm #1202536726
Those are very different issues.
The Handmaid’s Tale films in Toronto.May 1, 2018 at 8:31 pm #1202539026
Episode 3.4: Reload
The Pinus Contorta tends to wounded Martian soldiers in exchange for supplies as Avasarala struggles with the length of time it’s taking to dissect evidence of UN Deputy Secretary Sadavir Errinwright’s role in triggering the Earth-Mars war – and trying to have her killed because she knows everything.May 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm #1202543738
Episode 3.5: Triple Point
The crew’s search for the daughter of Praxidike Meng, one of many kids injected with the protomolecule takes them to Jupiter’s moon of Io. After UN Navy Admiral Michael Souther is sacked of command by Errinwright flunky Admiral Nguyen, his crew plan mutiny aboard the UNN Agatha King.May 10, 2018 at 9:28 pm #1202545063
Syfy is fucking dead to me.
The current third season of The Expanse will be the space drama’s last one on Syfy. The cable network has decided not to pursue a fourth season of the show, with the last episode slated to air in early July. Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces the critically praised series, plans to shop it to other buyers.
“The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”
The Expanse was one of the first series greenlighted after the change in programming direction at Syfy when the network signaled a return to its roots of sweeping space opera series in the vein of Battlestar Galactica. The Expanse, from Alcon and the Sean Daniel Co, which was tipped as a potential successor to Battlestar Galactica, was part of a crop of Syfy series that launched in 2015, along with The Magicians, which was recently renewed for a fourth season, and 12 Monkeys, which was renewed for an upcoming fourth and final season.
The Expanse is one of the most well reviewed sci-fi series on TV, with the current third season scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (vs. 95$ for Season 2 and 76% for Season 1.)
The cancellation decision by Syfy is said to be linked to the nature of its agreement for the series, which only gives the cable network first-run linear rights in the US. That puts an extraordinary amount of emphasis on live, linear viewing which is inherently challenging for sci-fi/genre series which tend to draw the lion share of their audiences from digital/streaming.
The Expanse‘s Live+3 linear ratings started with 581K in adults 18-49 and 1.378M total viewers in Season 1. The Season 2 average was 457K in 18-49 & 1.05M total; Season 3 to date is at 400K and 1 million. That is below the performance of Syfy’s top dramas, The Magicians and Krypton, as well as comedy Happy! but in line with a number of co-productions.
“We are very disappointed the show will not be returning to Syfy,” said Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “We respect Syfy’s decision to end this partnership but given the commercial and critical success of the show, we fully plan to pursue other opportunities for this terrific and original IP.”
And Happy remains on Syfy’s schedule.May 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm #1202547884
Despite the seismic shock of Syfy’s best show’s cancellation, we’ve reached the midpoint of the final season, and there’s still a war to be concluded:
Episode 3.6: Immolation
The final battle between Earth and Mars threatens the very future of humanity as protomolecule-created hybrid soldiers are launched from Jupiter’s moon of Io, careening towards Earth’s armada of ships.
May 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm #1202551295
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The #RociPosse’s job is done. ‘The Expanse’ Revived for Season 4 at Amazon:May 21, 2018 at 3:40 pm #1202551311
Dang. This is the year to get your tv show cancelled.May 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm #1202551330
Dang. This is the year to get your tv show cancelled.
The Expanse is legitimately the best science fiction show on television and “Home” from Season 2 would have been a more deserving Emmy nominee for Directing than The Crown and Homeland. Don’t “dang” some of the most miraculous news to come out of the world of tv all freaking year. This show is the sci-fi equivalent of Game of Thrones with its multiple addicting storylines, political intrigue, complex and nuanced character development, and spectacular production values.
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