It was announced that Star Trek Beyond is in schedule for reshoots and those reshoots will include Shohreh Aghdashloo! That is some exciting news for The Expanse fans.
While no one has stated an official reason for the reshoots, best guess with no other news on the matter means that they are expanding the storyline and correcting plot issues. This is to be expected with the shaky production Star Trek has been having from start which resulted in plenty of rewrites, and now, even reshoots quite a while after the shooting has finished. But who can complain about news like this.
Shohreh Aghdashloo will play a member of the Federation High Command. Considering her role as Chrisjen Avasarala on SyFy’s The Expanse, I can’t think of any other actor that is better suited for such a role!
It will probably be a small part in the storyline, but who’s to say over what we can be excited!
Star Trek Beyond is the third movie since the franchise reboot, and is directed by Justin Lin. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. Premieres July 22, 2016.
There were many great TV shows that premiered last year and luckily all of them are still on air, sort of. The list below contains six shows that have only one season so far, which means it’s a great time to start watching them without spending a lot of time to catch up on the stories. Also of all ten shows only one is currently airing, while the others have just finished or the next season is just around the corner.
Fortitude is an intense psychological thriller/drama set on Svalbard. With elements of fiction, the most intriguing part of Fortitude are the characters. Living in a small settlement on the remote northern islands they all cope with the cold, dark days and the lonely surroundings in a different way.
You will love the landscapes though, striking, sharp and clean, as the murky backgrounds of the character unravel along with the mystery of the unsettling murders in the small community of 700 people and 3000 polar bears.
Starring: Sofie Gråbøl, Richard Dormer, Luke Treadaway, Veronica Ehegui, Stanley Tucci, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory.
Status: Waiting for season 2, October 2016.
2. The Expanse
Based on the books by S.A. Correy, The Expanse is the latest SyFy space opera. Regarded by many as the best sci-fi TV series currently, The Expanse will offer you everything you’d expect from a show in this category.
Set in the 23rd century, where humans have colonized the entire solar system, The Expanse will give you space ships, human colonies on Mars, holographic phones, incredible medicine advancements, space politics and lovable characters.
Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, DOminique Tipper, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Cas Anvar.
Status: Waiting for season 2. January 2017.
3. Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot is a tv show meant to appeal to hackers and geeks. Rami Malek plays the computer whiz Elliot Anderson who is deeply troubled about the way large corporations control the world. He is also a drug addict and an employee in a cyber security company. His passion to destroy the largest internet corporation turns into reality when he meets the mysterious hacker who calls himself Mr. Robot.
You will be blown away by Rami Malek’s portrayal of the anti-social programmer. Also take note of his monologues, which are a very clear and accurate critique of today’s internet self-obsessed society.
Starring: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday and Christian Slater.
Status: Waiting for season 2. Summer 2016.
Based on the cult film by the brothers Cohen, Fargo is the most ingenious tv show lately. Storyline, dialogues, characters all fit in together in what is nearly 10 hours of a cinematic masterpiece.
Set in the town Fargo in both season so far, a merely accidental event starts a chain reaction of murders and dramatic situations with an unexpected outcome.
You will love every moment of it. Billy Bob Thornton is magnificent.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman in season one. Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons in season two.
Status: Waiting for season 3, sometime in 2017.
The Netflix series is about the infamous Medellin drug cartel and its leader Pablo Escobar. It tells the true story about the rise and fall of the notorious kingpin and sadly only the rise of cocaine. Told from the viewpoints of Escobar and the DEA agent Steve Murphy the series depicts various political events during the 80s closely connected to the drug trafficking.
While not being a documentary it certainly gives great reality vibe.
Starring: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal and Joanna Christie.
Status: Waiting for season 2. Fall 2016.
Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is your newest obsession about Scotland and the highlands. Set in the 18th century Outlander entwines history and fiction in the best way possible. The storyline revolves around Claire Randal, a WWII nurse who just after the war, during her honeymoon by accidents goes through a time portal to 1743 in the middle of a tumultuous period of the Scottish history. You will love Scotland.
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander. Photo: Starz.
Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies etc.
Status: Waiting for Season 2. April 2016.
Sense8 is a Netflix original series created by the Wachowski siblings. They are also directors along with Tom Tykwer. The science fiction series features a diverse cast from all around the world, from the US across Europe to Korea. Sense8 is telling the story of eight people who suddenly finds themselves telepathically connected in what is called a cluster, sharing all thoughts and feelings with one another. Representing the future of the human kind, there’s also an organization who is hunting them and others like them. You will love the split scenes, during what is called a “visit.”
Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Bae Doona, Jayme Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Aml Ameen, Tina Desai, Miguel Angel Silvestre with Daryl Hannah and Naveen Andrews.
Status: Waiting for season 2. June 2016.
Highly acclaimed, Vikings tells the story of the mythical Ragnar Lothbrok and his conquests. Created by History, Vikings is probably the most accurate historical depiction of the brave northmen and their way of life. Even though Ragnar is the main character he is also the most fictional one, while characters like his brother Rollo are depicted as close as possible to their known historical facts and events. Ragnar’s wife Lagertha will be your new hero. You will love the story and the battle scenes. You’ll also wish to go back in time and be a viking!Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Alissa Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, George Blagden.
Status: Currently airing season 4.
9. Penny Dreadful
Named after the “penny dreadfuls,” short cheap horror stories published in London in the 19th century, Penny Dreadful mixes a bunch of classic characters and monsters in one poetically crafted storyline. Frankenstein and his monster, werewolves in London, vampires and Dorian Grey, and the beautiful, mystical Vanessa Ives, some of them good and some of them evil, but all of them public domain characters.
The dual nature of pretty much everything is the one theme that prevails the show. You will enjoy the philosophical, poetically written dialogues. You’ll be surprised how gentle and caring “monsters” can be, and cruel and unforgiving at the same time.
Starring: Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Rory Kinnear, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway and Billie Piper.
Status: Waiting for season 3. May 2016.
10. Rick and Morty
Tired of The Simpsons? Miss Futurama? Rick and Morty is the show for you then! It is an animated TV series following the adventures and mishaps of Rick and his nephew Morty in space. And parallel universes too. Rick is the inventor and careless adventurer while Morty is the teenager that balances the craziness going on in his grandfather’s head. They are almost constantly fighting each other, but can’t live without one another, where Rick mistakes Morty is there to correct him and vice versa. You will love Rick and his way of thinking. And the humour. You will be surprised by the emotional breakdown.
Starring: Rick and Morty, voiced by Justin Roiland.
Status: Waiting for Season 3. End of 2016.
There they are, a small selection of our favorite shows on air right now. I hope you’ll like our choice and take up on any of our recommendations.
It’s been a month since the finale of the first season of The Expanse aired and now we’re left with a whole year to miss the show until it returns for a second season in January 2017.
So here’s a list of the things we’ll miss most from The Expanse. In case you haven’t watched the show, you should probably start, as soon as you can!
We’ll miss the opening sequence.
Not the five seconds title card, but the one that was only shown twice, in the first and ninth episode. The sequence is actually a fast forward in time showing different changes on Earth and the colonizing of the solar system. Great music with haunting voices and the colonized solar system in one minute. Beautiful!
Now, we don’t really see Mars, except three seconds in the twice shown opening credits sequence, the closest we get to Mars is a Martian military ship, instead, we learn of Mars.
Chrisjen and Frank talk about Mars, well Frank does:
You know what I like about Mars? They dream, we gave up. They all work for a common goal to turn a lifeless rock into a garden. We paved ours.
That’s Mars, a highly ambitious community that is giving it’s best to terraform a planet and make it their home.
And even better line about Mars is said by lieutenant Lopez, who with his last breath says:
It would’ve been nice to see an ocean on Mars.
That is dedication.
Miller’s cracked holographic phone
Transparent, with voice command, durable and with good signal throughout the solar system.
They all look alike, because they are all the same, but that cracked screen, showed personality, just like the scar on Julie Mao’s face.
She didn’t want it fixed. It’s a badge of defiance, against everything she was suppose to be.
Although Miller just probably didn’t care to get a new one.
We’ll miss Shohreh Aghdashloo’s voice and Chrisjen Avasarala’s dialogues
Whether Chrisjen Avasarala is manipulating someone or being straightforward and honest, it always sounds like she has the best intentions for you in heart. Always calm and almost hypnotic Chrisjen’s voice could land you on the sun, if needed to keep the peace in the solar system.
Chrisjen Avasarala is the political genius from the United Nations who will torture, blackmail or just tell the truth and be kind to achieve her goal.
Heaven help us all if Mars and the Belt decide to share a toothbrush. Bold move, I’d give them that. The cold war is over, this is something else.
The Belter’s language
The Belters, or the people that live in the outer planets and moons, have their own language. A mixture of distorted, evolved words of Earther languages in combination with sign language, because in space “no one can hear you scream” :).
For example, the word ereluf is an obvious coin of the English word air, which means, well, air and the German word luft which also means air. This seems a bit redundant since the there’s repeating, however if you think about it, when you find yourself in a diverse ethnic community it is understandable that you will have to repeat words in different languages so everyone can understand you. This probably happened in the early stages of the colonization, when the Belter language wasn’t developed yet.
Every time we demand to be heard, they hold back our water, owkwa beltalowda, ration our air, ereluf beltalowda, until we crawl back into our holes, imbobo beltalowda, and do as we are told.
We’ll miss the Rocinante and its (not so) stellar crew
We’ll miss the friendship and mutual trust between Naomi Nagata and James Holden. We’ll miss Amos and Holden growling at each other. There’s trust and distrust and suspicion, but at the end of the day, no one got left behind. We’ll miss Alex, everybody likes him.
When Holden and Miller are brought back to the Rocinante, Alex asks “what if he is infected with that cr**?”
Holden wouldn’t do that to us!
He might not know!
He wouldn’t do THAT TO US!
We’ll miss the future, the 23rd century tech
No matter how bad the situation might seem in the series, still, look at humanity. Earth is not utterly destroyed, and humans have spread through out the planets and moons in the solar system. Average human life is 125 years and slightly better on those living on Mars. The advance in science and medicine has achieved regrowing entire limbs (not the head though) or using pretty good prosthetics at least.
The Belters have it rough though, with average life of about 70 years, scarce on food and water and even good medicine. Practically slaves in space who supply Earth and Mars with resources.
No matter who controls Ceres, our home, to them, we will always be slaves. That’s all we are to the Earthers and Dusters. They built their solar system on our backs, spilled the blood of a million of our brothers.
There’s also a ship being build big enough to transport a lot of people to another star in about hundred years.
Amos and his bad-ass, get-things-done attitude.
Amos doesn’t wait for a needle to be stuck in him, he does it himself, he doesn’t wait for the other guy to shoot first too. He is the go-to guy in space, and you really, really need him by your side if things get rough. Amos is the opposite of Chrisjen Avasarala, he will not get into political mind games and talk, he takes action.
You say wait, so we wait, boss.
We’ll miss space (and how real it looked)
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good sci-fi space adventure on TV. In the Expanse you will find huge battle ships (MCRN Donnager) ice freighters and smaller battling ships like the Rocinante. Space stations, habitats under artificial sky domes and space stations, and, people stranded in the black vastness of space.
The most important about all of this is that it doesn’t look cheap, SyFy has opened their pockets and made sure The Expanse looks just right.
One thing we won’t miss is gravity. Growing up in low-G, does things to your body and you can never get back to the planet of your ancestors, so the Earth holding your feet close to the ground is good for you.
After watching The Expanse you’ll have a whole new appreciation for our lovely little planet. Miller, born and raised on Ceres, puts this appreciation in one question:
What does rain taste like? – Miller
I’ve never thought about it. – Holden.
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