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by Matthew Carey category: Film
***UPDATE*** Please be sure to adjust the tweet and add the @ and # so that it is aimed at @AmazonStudios and @JeffBezos, and use the hashtags #KeepTheRociFlying and #SaveTheExpanse. If there's room, also tag #ScreamingFirehawks. We've managed to reach 250 supporters, so the thunderclap will go off. But let's see if we can make it to 500!
Those of us whom call ourselves "science fiction" fans have experienced a rather long drought in what we would call good science fiction series. Once upon a time, the Sci-Fi channel had been a beacon of light for many of us, but then it fell under mismanagement, and squandered its potential, until it became a channel where even its attempts at good television fail. It is not entirely their fault, and in recent years they have attempted to get back to the roots they seemed to have discarded long ago.
These attempts have been considered by many a mixed bag, but have been appreciated nonetheless. One of these attempts however, has stood far above the rest. It has been a return to science fiction of the highest quality, with writing and production values to match. A gripping, well written story, characters you care about, and a sense of action and consequence within its well established universe. More than that however, there is a real sense of wonder in and realism within the series that has already made a lasting impression on all of us.
Now we have been made aware that that has ended, with the relabeled SyFy channel cancelling the series due to high production costs, poor marketing and viewership brought about by the limits of modern cable television. But the fan base is there, and we are all very loyal. With greater availability, promotion, and support, "The Expanse" can easily become the next "Game of Thrones". In many ways it already is. I personally have not found a science fiction series I would describe as "masterful" since "Babylon 5" was taken off the air. "Stargate" was not this good. "Battlestar Galactica" was not this good. Many other series that have cropped up in between have not been as well written, and as engaging as this series is.
We the fans want it known that letting this series die will be a massive loss to both the science fiction world, and also the entertainment world. Some of us by definition do not even consider ourselves fans of sci-fi media, but "The Expanse" has changed that, and helped to reshape and redefine the genre. We all beg you, do not let this series pass you by. Yes it may be daunting, it may be costly, but it is a series that will be remembered for many, many years. We, the fans, beg you: Save "The Expanse".
Just a guy who loves "The Expanse" series of novels and media.