SyFy’s The Expanse has proven to be a strong indicator that the channel which received much criticism and ridicule for its reality programming and professional wrestling, is showing where their true heart is, and that is in space opera. It has also carved out its own niche allowing it potentially stand right up next to such other fan favorite shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, and while it may not have much some of the more “light hearted” tone that the latter did, it has set itself apart as one of those “must see” TV shows.
And now SlashFilm has reported on some very good news for fans of the gritty space series. Syfy has renewed The Expanse for a second season and it will premiere sometime in early 2017, and along with that good news came a statement from the SyFy network president David Howe:
The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in Season 2.
Set a few centuries from now, The Expanse finds humanity expanding deeper into the solar system. Mars and the moon are fully colonized. Cities and research stations have been established throughout the asteroid belt. But people will be people and a series of violent events soon bring various parties to the bring of war. Gun battles, mystery-solving, ethical dilemmas, and even a dash of wild horror ensue.
This renewal comes before the current 10-episode season of The Expanse reaches its halfway point, which sounds like a serious a vote of confidence from its network. Although season 2 doesn’t have an air date yet, it will increase to 13 episodes, however it is unknown at this present time if any or all of the cast members are also slated to return.
Given that The Expanse is actually taken from a series of books would suggest that there is plenty of material the show runners can draw from, which could allow for this series to stick around for some time.
So are you a fan of The Expanse and should it be renewed? What is it about this show that makes it stand out, and is does this signal a new direction for SyFy?
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