Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Expanse S1 E1: Dulcinea

"Air is good don't you think? Air is nice."
-Joe Miller-

My third revisit of The Expanse (2015-present) series continues to reveal new, exciting little details with every viewing. These details correlate seamlessly with the writing of The Expanse book series by James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Details regarding bone density and Belters and gravity, low gravity or no gravity and the effect on humanity in space or its return to Earth after years away permeate the series in small but meaningful ways.

The Expanse, Season One, Episode 1, Dulcinea introduces all of the key players in the series. The opening salvo also establishes the stunning look of the series from the dark corners of space to the Blade Runner-esque frontiers established within it to the doors of this expansive mythology.

With Dulcinea we witness the seed events to the show, beginning with the destruction of the Canterbury and the search for Juliette Mao whilst investigating the Scopuli. These events thrust the main characters forward propelling them toward their inevitable, fateful union by season's end. Josephus Miller, James Holden, Naomi, Amos and Alex begin their journey here.

The biggest revelation for those coming into the series blind without reading the books is how Dulcinea establishes how the series, in its first volume, Leviathan Wakes (the first book), in effect works as an original, thrilling, outer space mystery at least in the beginning.

My interest in the story was gripped by the both the literary tale and its respective TV series. I've seen the series several times and read the first volume. Dulcinea is dulcet, delicious, sparkling science fiction of the best variety.

This is a quick revisit of the episode previously reviewed here as we explore the series up close in the run up to the release of what promises to be yet another compelling chapter in The Expanse for Season Four on Amazon Prime in December 2019.

Writers: Mark Fergus/ Hawk Ostby.

Director: Terry McDonough.