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Old 20-07-2016, 20:41   #31
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Re: The Expanse

Done. Really enjoyed it but a bit narked it was under 10 hours long overall. I guess it has its benefits as it sticks to the main plot each episode. Onto Season 1 E3 of Mr Robot now.
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Old 20-07-2016, 21:37   #32
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Re: The Expanse

this is the first time I have really thought about it but I think I prefer one big story like GoT and the Expanse rather than individual episodes like Star Trek. Each has their pros and cons; with individual episodes you get to expand the universe and see more individuals/locations (planets in this case) but I am all about character development and one big story really lets you sink you teeth into something (24 is another one) and make it more realistic with the level of detail.
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this is the first time I have really thought about it but I think I prefer one big story like GoT and the Expanse rather than individual episodes like Star Trek. Each has their pros and cons; with individual episodes you get to expand the universe and see more individuals/locations (planets in this case) but I am all about character development and one big story really lets you sink you teeth into something (24 is another one) and make it more realistic with the level of detail.
Personally, I prefer a balance of the two. Both ST: TNG and DS9 did that, more so in their latter years, and DS9 more than TNG.

I like a balance of the two because, as you say, an ongoing plotline gives the show more chance to develop both the story and the characters, while individual episodes allow viewers a little relief from an ongoing story. DS 9 used them particularly effectively during the Dominion War storyline, which could have become a lot more depressing without them. Individual episodes also allow people to dip in and out of TV shows, without feeling they have to commit many hours to understand the story line, which they may be unwilling to do if they aren't sure they'll like a show. After all, it's easier to justify watching a show for 1 hour than it is for 24.

The funny thing is, as I get older, the three things that interest me more than anything else in a TV show or film are the story, the acting and directing. You can have the best special effects in the world, but if you don't have a good story, good acting and good directing to back it up, you don't have a good film or TV show. You have a tech demo. See the film Skyline for an example of this.

But, get a good story, good actors and a good director together, and you will have a good show or film whatever genre it is in, and you don't need a massive budget to do it (although a big budget and good special effects do help).

I could go on, but I am going off topic.. I've watched a couple more episodes, and while I think the Expanse is a better show than Dark Matter (which is so predictable you could almost sit there with a list of Sci Fi cliches ticking them off as they appear on the show), it is still veering toward being a generic Sci Fi show with good special effects, so I'm not too sure if I am going to continue with it. I certainly don't feel the excitement for each new episode that I do for new episodes of, say, Orphan Black, 24, Arrow or Sky's The Tunnel.
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The funny thing is, as I get older......
that's the thing, when I was younger I was always looking for something new and different in each to keep me interested, whether it be a new planet, ship or alien. Now I am the grand old age of 36 I like depth and story and detail and which is why B5 and BSG are my favourite series ever. They both centred around one main location and told amazing stories all focused around a core group of characters. I enjoyed DS9 (preferred TNG and Voyager) but season 7 was a mile ahead of all the previous seasons because it really delved in to and explored such a critical turning point in Federation history.
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Re: The Expanse

B5 was unique in that it had a proper pre-thought out 5 yr arc and the odd foray into individual characters too, it's one of my favourites as well.
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B5 was unique in that it had a proper pre-thought out 5 yr arc and the odd foray into individual characters too, it's one of my favourites as well.
Season 5 of B5 was a bit of a mess, imho. They tried to tie up the story in 4 seasons then got a fifth season when they switched to TNT for season 5. Hence the series finale was actually filmed at the end of season 4.
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Re: The Expanse

I actually prefer the season 5 finale, it pays homage to the series and is a testament to the story and legacy to everything that has happened. Even though B5 was only 5 seasons I feel like it was 10. So much happened and so much ground was covered and the finale was a salute to good vs evil and showing us that everything worked out for the characters who had sacrificed so much. It truly was a perfect ending to a perfect series. I love the Voyager finale as well as many other series finales but nothing trumps B5.
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Re: The Expanse

Gotta remember though that the series finale was actually written as the season 4 finale but then it got renewed for a 5th season so they kept hold of it rather than airing it. It went something like that anyways.
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Re: The Expanse

season 2 trailer released

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHFMK9l5cCg
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Re: The Expanse

The Expanse is also now on Netflix UK
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excellent, I think Netflix is going to be the most popular tv platform in 3-5 years time. They are being really clever and picking up some really quality series as well as producing their own (e.g. all the Marvel ones).
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Coming to Amazon Prime UK December
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Can anyone else confirm December 14 UK Amazon Prime air date?
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Seems a bit strange for it to be going on Prime when it's not long since been added to Netflix, unless it's being removed from there.
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Especially as it's down on Netflix as a Netflix Original!
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