The Expanse 1×03 “Remember the Cant”
While the first two episodes lay the ground for the characters, and sets the basic players and plot in motion, here the stakes are upped in a significant way.
The way in which the stories seem very separate, the play with the survivors of the Cant and the Martian Navy, the play on Mars and Miller’s probing on Ceres, but also layer by layer appear to grow more intertwined is well paced throughout this episode.
Like no other show I’ve seen this year, the production aesthetic is richer and deeper, and the interiors while close, never seem claustrophobic, merely a form of texturing. All the space sequences so far have been exceptional, and the Earth-based spaces all strike the right notes of familiar and futuristic at the same time.
I do not like Shohreh Aghdashloo’s Chrisjen Avasarala. I love her accent and her styling, but there is something about her delivery that doesn’t quite make me believe that she believes what she is saying.
Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper and Wes Chatham and all great as Holden, and crew, beautifully playing out the tension, suspicion and steadfast loyalty, as the Mars Navy gets a hold of them and questions them about the destruction of the Canterbury.
All in all, this episode beautifully advances the plot, without ever appearing to play the characters or the story cheap.
I must agree with another reviewer/commenter who said the show has a ‘film’ feel to it. This is something to note, as the feel of the production is richer than anything I’ve seen on television since Battlestar Galactica. For me, that’s a huge thing.
I am in the middle of a rewatch for the sole purpose of reviewing and in preparation for Season 2, due February 2016. I’m still shocked it took me a whole year to know about this show, but really thankful I have all ten episodes to binge on.