The Expanse (or “How Youtube Actually Worked For Me!” :) )

So, I was watching a video on You Tube when its “Suggested Next Videos” list included one called “Greatest space battle of all time!”

Intrigued, I checked it out and was hooked. It had suspense, believable zero-gee physics and some great combat. Did I mention I was hooked?

Checking the detail text I found that it was a scene from The Expanse, a SyFy series that was just wrapping up Season 2.

Based on the series of novels of the same name, this show takes the best of Babylon 5, Firefly and the reboot of Battlestar Galactica then merges it all into a fantastic show with political intrigue, mystery, space, believable physics, character development and combat (oh yeah, plus a few naughty bits here and there :) ).

It’s set about 200 years in the future when mankind has colonised the solar system, with three major political alliances being Earth, Mars and “The Belters” (the people living on asteroids). It’s a gritty and very believable scenario that’s well portrayed and draws you into the stories of the various characters, all of which wind up intertwining as the series progresses.

Kitt and I are loving the show and are very happy to hear that it’s been approved for Season 3. Shame we have to wait until 2018 to watch it though.

If you’ve not seen it yet, get out there and watch it. Find it online, borrow it off a friend, even watch it if it shows up on TV somewhere (it’s that good! :) ).

Old Times on TV

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it but, in addition to The Goodies, we’ve been going back in time on TV with The Young Ones. The joys of DVDs and series owners realising that they can wring a few more bucks from the ol’ shows by releasing them to those of us who want to relieve our youth, misspent or not :)

In keeping with this, I’ve pounced on the chance to get my hands on episodes of Blakes 7 – classic British Sci-Fi that I loved as a kid. Now I get to introduce Nykolai to it plus Kitt’s only ever seen a few episodes so it’s pretty new for her too.

Going back in time and seeing what they did on such a small budget has been great fun. Like watching old Dr Who episodes that, despite obviously crappy effects and props, still hold a magic in their story and character development.

Not sure what’s going to be next – it would be GREAT to find all the episodes of Quark on DVD. That would be so awesome :)