Tonight, Syfy will begin the third season of The Expanse, his science fiction series based on James S.A.'s book series. Corey. The novels premiered in 2011, and the television adaptation, which continued in 2015, has become one of the most timely and politically relevant stories on television. During the past two seasons, an impending war has been provoked among the various nations of the system, and how the crew of a stolen warship, The Rocinante, plays its own role in navigating the problems.
The show returns tonight at 9 PM ET / 8PM CT, and it's worth checking out. This is what you need to know to get caught.
Warning: Revelations of the previous seasons of The Expanse, and some of the novels, ahead.
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What is the program about?
The Expanse is a science fiction story set within two centuries. Humanity has colonized the solar system, and as a result, three rival factions have emerged: citizens on Earth, settlers on Mars and a coalition of settlements in the asteroid belt and moons near Jupiter and Saturn called the "Alliance of Outer Planets" "
When a ship carrying ice is destroyed, a chain of events begins that brings factions to the brink of war. The crew of a ship called Rocinante investigates the flourishing conflict, which they discover may be a carefully designed attempt to cover up the discovery of a mysterious alien substance called "protomolecule".
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Why you should be looking
Science fiction often imagines what the future of humanity would look like. Star Trek imagined a utopian society that goes boldly into the cosmos in the search for understanding, while Battlestar Galactica looked realistically at what people do to survive during a crisis. The Expanse has a nuanced and sometimes cynical vision of where we are headed: it is a show about the power and consequences of its misuse, and how divisions in society are detrimental to all.
That may sound very similar to real-world problems, but The Expanse's bizarre ability to allow viewers to re-examine our crises through a lens of fiction is what makes the series so attractive. The show is richly resonant, touching modern concerns such as xenophobia and racial resentment, while at the same time its multiracial cast offers a refreshing look at the kind of diverse future that inevitably is the future of humanity, even when many of the people in the fictional program the world is looking back.
It is science fiction with a purpose and a point of view, but also with impressive production values, especially around its spatial battles.
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The characters you need to know
The program mainly follows the crew of Rocinante: Captain Jim Holden (Steven Strait), pilot Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar), engineer Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper) and mechanic Amos Burton (Wes Chatham), who come from all the parts of the world. system. They want to track down the people responsible for swallowing the system in a war. In the first two seasons, they have the help of Fred Johnson (Chad Coleman), a leader of the Alliance of Outer Planets that runs a space station called Tycho; a scientist named Prax (Terry Chen); and a detective named Miller (Thomas Jane).
There is also Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), deputy assistant secretary of Executive Administration of the UN, a crooked-faced bureaucrat who tries to protect the Earth and prevent it from entering a bloody conflict. She ends up in disagreement with her superior, Sadavir Errinwright (Shawn Doyle), who is working with the people responsible for the protomolecule.
Finally, there is a Martian marine named Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams), who defected to Earth after his soldiers were killed by a new class of protomolecular weapons.
Where season 3 begins
During season 1, the crew of Rocinante ended up in the middle of a giant conspiracy to start a war. In season 2, they persecuted their authors, an evil corporation called Protogen, while Bobbie ended up working with Avasarala to try to reduce the intensity of the conflict. The season ended with Rocinante's crew on Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, desperately trying to track down a Protogen investigator when a battle broke out between Earth and the Martian forces around him.
That's where season 3 will begin: with the threat of more protomolecular weapons and an impending conflict that spans the entire solar system.
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What the books tell us about what follows
So far, the program has covered the first novel in the series, Leviathan Wakes, and half of the second, Caliban & # 39; s War. While there have been some changes, the series has largely traced the most important moments in the history of the books, so it is likely that producer Naren Shankar will build on some of the remaining highs of the Caliban war for the new season That makes it likely that Avasalara, Bobbie and the crew of Rocinante will come together and join forces to try to stop the brewing war. But the most untold part of the story is what's happening with the extra-terrestrial protomolecule.
In the middle of season 2, the substance sequestered an asteroid and smashed it against Venus, where the protomolecule began to build … something. The end of the Caliban War reveals that it was creating a massive star gate, which then flew to the end of the solar system. The fight for control of the door is the focus of the third book, Abaddon's Gate, and the plot elements of that book, and the revelation of the Stargate, will probably appear in the next television season.
How to catch up with the series
If you have not seen the program yet, there are a couple of ways to catch up. The first two seasons of the show are now available for broadcast on Amazon Prime in the United States, while they are available internationally on Netflix.
Cable subscribers will be able to broadcast new episodes through the Syfy website, and will also be available for purchase on Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.