Well, better late than never. Having first aired almost a year ago back on 14 December 2015 on Syfy in the US, we were beginning to lost any hope of getting to see The Expanse – the TV adaptation of the series of books penned by James SA Corey (the pen name of duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) – over this side of the Atlantic.
Happily, it has indeed come to pass, as it has been confirmed that Season 1 of The Expanse will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix from 3 November.
With Season 2 due to air at some point in 2017, this news is timely and welcome. There seems to be a real lack of what we’d call ‘hard’ sci-fi on TV as it is (the likes of Dark Matter seem to be on their virtual lonesome when it comes to flying the flag for the genre), so it’s nice to see it getting some translatlantic promotion.
Taking place 200 years in the future, The Expanse follows detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane) and rogue ship’s captain Jim Holden (Steven Strait) as they track a missing person across a now-colonised solar system, with events ultimately taking an unexpected turn. Considering that there are currently five novels (Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate, Cibola Burns and Nemesis Games) in the series, with a sixth (Babylon’s Ashes) out in December and more planned, there are plenty of directions to take the series in should it continue to be a success.
Joining Jane and Strait in the cast are Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Florence Faivre and Shohreh Aghdashloo, with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby serving as executive producers.
Season 1 of The Expanse will be available to stream on Netflix from 3 November 2016. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.