Intelligent, suspenseful and poetic storytelling. A cast of truly talented actors. Stunning visuals. That’s what you see in this trailer for the Syfy show The Expanse coming out later in 2015.

The 10-episode television series is based on the series of books, The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name of James S. A. Corey (I suppose they were going for a classic science fiction author’s name here – smile).

The book series takes place in a future where humans have colonized the solar system but not beyond. A derelict vessel is discovered which holds a secret that may be devastating to human existence.

The Expanse was a straight to series order and was announced back in April 2014 by Syfy and this was exciting enough in itself. Now, after watching this trailer, the excitement is even more palpable. The space opera might be back!

In the television series, it seems that Earth, Mars and the Belters (Astroid Belt) don’t get along very well. Call it Solar System Regionalism (yes, I just coined that term). The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

In addition to a gripping space mystery, Syfy has gathered an incredible cast. Here are just a few: Thomas Jane (The Mist, Hung, The Punisher), Shohreh Aghdashloo (The House of Sand and Fog, 24, Grimm), Wes Chatham (Hunger Games) and an appearance by Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Community).

A couple poetic quotes for you to chew while we wait for The Expanse to premiere.

They are an entire culture working together to turn a lifeless rock into a garden. We had a garden and we paved it.

We make it all this way, so far out into the darkness. Why couldn’t we have brought more light?


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