The Expanse (Season One) (Blu-ray Review)

The Expanse (Season One) (Blu-ray Review)
Starring: Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Dominique Tipper
Rated: MA15+/Region B/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Where to get it: Via Vision Entertainment

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Do you like good ol’ fashioned Sci-Fi shows? Well, if you answered that with a yes, then you’d want to check out season 1 of The Expanse, which you can get on Blu-ray from Via Vision Entertainment. The Expanse is an American science fiction television series that you could see over here on the Syfy channel. It tells the story of a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System, it follows United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), and ship’s officer Jim Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens peace in the system and the survival of humanity. It also deals with the fractious relationship between Earth, Mars and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). The OPA is an organization that fights for the interests of inhabitants of the (Asteroid) Belt. Unrecognized as a governing body, the OPA is often accused of outlaw tactics. Season one packs 10 episodes, all of which you can find here on this two-disc set. As of the time of writing this review the show only has two seasons, so if you are too late to the party and want to join in, feel free to do so now with this release from Via Vision.

I won’t try to tell you Sci-Fi loving fans out there that this is a show on the level of such classics as Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, but for something new, it isn’t half bad. I enjoy the cast and have always been a fan of Thomas Jane, so I was happy to see him here as well. The concept is an interesting one. It might come across a little complex in spots, but still isn’t hard to follow along and have a fun time in front of the TV with. This is one of those shows where it is best if you just kick-back, pop some popcorn, and enjoy it for what it is. Nothing ever seems too heavy in this world, but it isn’t mindless by any means either. It offers up a strong cast with a series of twists and turns along the way that keeps you at least wanting to finish the season out if nothing more. It might be making new grounds for Sci-Fi but it doesn’t do anything to harm it either. I’d overall call the series to be pretty solid for what it is. The setting also allows the Blu-ray format to shine with a great look.


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