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THE EXPANSE

You all knew this was coming.

I will try to spoil as little as possible in this review because I want all of you to watch this and enjoy it fully.

CONCEPT: Humans have colonized the solar system. Earth is ruled by the UN, Mars is a military power (ayyy because Mars is the god of war how smart), both of them control the Asteroid Belt. Tensions are high between all three parties. Our story starts when one girl goes missing and discovers something amazing.

BEST FEATURES:
- Visually stunning. Every shot is beautiful, and the color themes are amazing. Even the opening titles are mind-blowing.
- Diverse cast. Despite the protagonist being a white guy, the supporting cast includes almost twice as many PoC as it does white people.
- Lack of romance. After the first episode, this series is devoid of distracting romantic subplots.
- Political turmoil. For the first half of the season, the show seems more like a geopolitical drama than a sci-fi epic. The tensions between planets seem real, and quite scarily so.
- Mysteries and conspiracies. The show centers around one conspiracy (which I won’t go into because spoilers), and there are plenty more where that came from. There are also spies and lies and it’s great.
- Complex characters. None of the people in this show are 100% good or evil (well, maybe one of them is). Every character has history and fears and flaws.
- Excellent worldbuilding. The show actually addresses how each planet would affect people’s physiology.
- Smart. It gives constant nods to Don Quixote and Greek/Roman/Egyptian mythology. If you’re into that, this is the show for you.
- Space battles. Finally, if you’re looking for some ships getting blown up and pew pew pew lasers, this show has that.

IF YOU’RE NOT CONVINCED YET: Space mormons.

This is the best science fiction movie/show I have ever seen in my life. It’s beautiful, diverse, smart, and just plain good. The entire first season is available legally and for free on the Syfy Now app.

Please check it out!