Last season The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey, emerged as one of the best science fiction adventure and mystery series in recent memory. It’s nice the way the show has been allowed to develop its story at an organic place which demonstrates that SYFY has a lot invested in seeing this series succeed. The show’s narrative found its footing in season one, in fact, it may have lost some fans by developing at what some might have considered a glacial pace. It hit its stride in season two and given the rate the narrative took on last season. Its third season promises to explode with a vigor and pace that could prove nothing less than astonishing.
Season 2 had several events that marked a shift in the evolution of the series. The loss of Miller who finally connected with Julie Mao who he loved, just as Eros was on a course to crash into Venus marked an end to one storyline and the beginning of another. The thing is Julie was not dead in the final sense that death typically means, and I am wondering if somehow the star-crossed lovers somehow survived the trip and collision into the surface of Venus. There is the possibility they could emerge as a whole new form of life.
Evolution is the keyword regarding this series narrative. The characters have all gone through changes, mostly for the better. Holden has evolved into a captain the others trust and respect. The rest of the crew have developed in different ways too. Draper also has emerged as someone who is capable of independent thinking and shows promise to play a vital role in the developing plot. It is possible she could wind up being the factor that unites Earth and Mars in the future situation with the Hybrids One big question is can the squabbling factors of humanity come together to deal with what looks as if it will be a nearly unstoppable formidable foe?
There can be little doubt the Protomolecule has been evolving by leaps and bounds. With the emergence of the Hybrids, the show has created a situation that is implicit with huge repercussions stemming from their creation. It’s a cross between Frankenstein’s monster and the Incredible Hulk that elevated the series narrative into remarkably good fantastic science fiction. There’s no knowing how many of these things are out there and we still don’t know the limits of what they are capable of doing.
Another huge moment was when the ship exploring Venus was suddenly disassembled into its many parts and suspended in space and time. I suspect this represented the Protomolecule analyzing the ship in preparation for creating its version of a similar craft. It boggles the mind to think what a Protomolcule ship would be capable of accomplishing. Instead of hitching a ride on the nearest convenient object which it has already demonstrated an ability to control, having a ship would allow it to travel freely anywhere it chose.
There’still a long time to go before the premiere of season 3, but I haven’t forgotten how great last season was. In between watching the current summer genre fare my mind travels back to the end of season 2 and starts working on what I know and starts building a framework for the season 3 I would love to see.