We Review The Expanse SN02 EP01 – “Safe”

It’s BACK! It’s FINALLY BACK!

It’s been a year since the finale of Season 1 of The Expanse aired.

During the offseason and lead up to the new one, SyFy spared no expense on promoting the show, having the cast and show-writers making appearances at every major comic and sci-fi convention. We covered a few of the appearances here.

SyFy also launched a massive online and social media campaign to drum up interest sooooo…if you haven’t gotten into the show yet, then WTF! No excuses! It’s time to catch up!

You can do that on Amazon, Netflix, and SyFy.com. Between these three and my reviews from Season 1, you should be able to get up to speed. Now, without further ado, I bring you…

The Expanse SN02 EP01 “Safe”

A new character is introduced.

We’re treated to some action right off the bat, and it looks as though the special effects have improved. It’s rumored the writers and SFX team put a lot of thought and effort into making things realistic. They constantly asked themselves things like, “What would a spaceship really look like?” and “How would it really move through space?”

Right away we meet Bobbie Draper, a major character and fan favorite in the book series.

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Draper’s a leader and a warrior. Because of her personal beliefs, it seems she wants a war between Earth and Mars. Her character immediately adds another dynamic to the show, and I’m sure she’ll become a fan favorite quickly. The show producers chose Frankie Adams, the perfect actress to play the part, too.

After the Eros Station tragedy.

Holden (Stephen Strait) and Miller are recovering on The Rocinante.

While they enjoy the calm after the storm of the Eros tragedy, Naomi, Amos, and Alex (Cas Anvar) are tending to the ship and those they rescued from Eros.

Eventually, they feel they have to decide on where they’re going to go and what they’re going to do next. They’ve recovered some important artifacts from Eros and their adventures during Season 1 and feel it’s their duty to figure out what’s going on. On the other side of that, Miller is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to Julie Mao.

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After some initial tension between Miller (Thomas Jane) and Amos (Wes Chatham) and a building romantic tension between Holden and Naomi (Dominique Tipper), the crew of The Rocinante accept Miller as one of them and begin forming a strong bond.

Avarasala, The United Nations, and Earth.

Avarasala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) still believes Fred Johnson and Undersecretary Errinwright are behind the production of the stealth ships from Season 1. She’s trying to get to the bottom of things as others are trying to stop her.

While at a UN Council meeting being held to decide what to do about the escalating tensions between Earth and Mars, Avarasala votes to mobilize the Earth forces. Many disagree with her. It’s possible she agrees just to keep Errinwright off her back.

Fearing for her safety, she also recruits an old acquaintance to head her security team.

New events and intrigues begin to unfold immediately.

The Martians and the Earth forces are racing to Phoebe Station. Sensing the Earth Navy will get there first, the Martians fire on the station and destroy it, almost setting off a battle with the Earth Navy in the process.

A new mystery is now created: What was on Phoebe Station, why did the Earth want whatever it was, and why didn’t the Martians want it found?

One episode in and we’re already hooked…

True to form, the first episode of Season 2 of The Expanse serves to set the tone. It seems slow moving at times, but if you’re up to speed on the events of season one, you know what’s coming…and you can’t wait for it.

Syfy showed very few commercials in the first hour, a statement on how important this show is and how much viewership has grown.

The best thing about EP1 is the writers chose to launch into moving the story and the plot forward immediately. Typically, the first episode of the season recaps the previous season and reintroduces characters for a new audience.

Not so here. The story picks up almost immediately after the events of the Season 1 finale.

Get ready for the mystery to deepen and the tension to grow. I’m already looking forward to what the Season 2 finale has in store for us.

The Good
  • Great beginning sequence
  • improved SFX
  • exciting new characters
  • picks up where they left off immediately
  • very little commercial interruptions
The Bad
  • you must know a bit about the events of season one
  • as always the story develops slowly so it's hard to hook new viewers
4.5 Superb

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