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Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself

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Perhaps the upcoming Syfy series we’re the most excited for is The Expanse. Based on a series of novels by James S.A. Corey (the joint pen name of writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), the sweeping space opera is part intergalactic adventure, part noir detective story, and it has been compared to Game of Thrones in size and scope. The action follows the characters across the reaches of the solar system as they rush to expose what is called the greatest conspiracy in all of human history. That has to be pretty serious, right?

While we’re excited for The Expanse, it appears that the network is, too. They picked up a full season order of the series without even bothering with a pilot. This is an epic, ambitious adventure, and, with a solid creative cast in place behind the scenes, there is a universe’s worth of potential in the premise and setup. If nothing else, the fact that this is legitimate, space-based science fiction has us totally pumped up. With the exception of The 100, which only partially takes place in orbit, this arm of the genre has largely been ignore lately, and we can’t wait to get back out there.

As excited as we are, we’re also worried. For as many things as could go right and be incredible with The Expanse, there are just as many, if not more, that could go horrifically wrong. When a story takes place in space like this, good special effects are going to be key. The network has managed this before with Battlestar Galactica, so we know they can pull it off. With a narrative this complex and layered, it will be easy to short some threads or characters in terms of time and development. There are just so many moving parts that could go wrong, but we’re hoping for more BSG and less Helix. – Brent

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Comments

  1. Dr_Bathroom_MD says:

    Looks interesting to be honest.

  2. Hypnotoad says:

    Wow… Battlestar Galactica much? Oh wait Tricia Helfer is on the show so that makes it different!

    • golmore says:

      You are an idiot. Colony ships are a very common theme in Sci-Fi and this premise is very original.

  3. Parker says:

    If Killjoys ends up being anything close to Firefly or Farscape, they can count me a faithful watcher.

  4. Ka'uilani Kim says:

    About time they get rid of all that crap. I miss the old Sci-Fi Channel.

  5. joe1254 says:

    So maybe I’ll start watching Sci-Fi channel again. Mini series thought, Dresden Files done again but this time let’s follow the books!

  6. couponnut2460 says:

    pick up revolution it was a good show hated how it ended

  7. midnightdrunkard says:

    WWE signed a new deal with NBC, sorry but Wrestling will still be there…

  8. sounder says:

    Z Nation damn another zombie show.

  9. Teeaj says:

    SyFy still lost me, that is until they bring back some of our Paranormal Shows and some descent Sci-Fi Movies. I’m so over vampires and Zombies. Not everyone thinks Paranormal Shows are Cheesy so SyFy needs to get a grip that there people out here that believe in the Paranormal and give us our shows back.

  10. Fergun Connell says:

    Syfy should have something more for 2015, I hope.

  11. Carmen Damocles says:

    Maybe it could have a few more supernatural reality shows, even for a short time.