SAY WHAAAT?!? O_O
You heard that right, folks. The first FOUR episodes of Syfy’s The Expanse are now available for streaming on Syfy.com!
Some theorize that the episodes are now being released officially by Syfy in response to them being accidentally leaked early on Comcast. So that’s kind of a shame. But on the other hand, this might lead to an early swell in viewership, creating a steady fanbase right off the bat.
But whatever. The important thing now is that they’re here. I’ve been looking forward to this series ever since I picked up the first book last year, and really loved the pilot episode. Can’t wait to see the rest of it!
Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to binge-watch! 😀
Hello all! My brain is still in vacation-mode coming off of Thanksgiving, so I’ve yet to regain any motivation to write a “real” blog post this week. I’ll try to put something out in the next few days, but until then, here are some stream-of-consciousness rambles about my extended holiday weekend:
- I had a wonderful Thanksgiving (and hope you did too!) Had dinner at my cousin’s place, watched the Bears-Packers game (As a born and raised Cheesehead, it was pretty depressing), and played some Bang! and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Overall, it was a great time with my immediate & extended family. I love them all dearly and was happy to spend time with them all on Thursday!
- For the next few days, I stayed over at my brother’s apartment in Chicago. We watched movies, played Rock Band 4, and just lazed around. It was fantastic 🙂
- While my brother played DOTA 2 at various points throughout the weekend, I read through several Image comics I had picked up recently:
- Lazarus (Vol 1-3) – I had only recently heard of Lazarus, but it had been highly recommended and sounded to be right up my alley. And boy is it! I’m still very much a comics noob, but this series is already one of my faves. The worldbuilding is just so great. I’ll probably do a review of the series thus far after the fourth trade comes out in January as that book will finish up the first main story arc.
- Saga (Vol 1-3) – I re-read Volumes 1 & 2 to read Volume 3 since it had been awhile since I first picked them up. Saga is all the rage right now, and justifiably so. Everything about it is fantastic. I’ve been taking my time reading this series since I’m so far behind and a trade-waiter anyway 🙂 Can’t wait to get my hands on Volumes 4 and 5.
- I Kill Giants – I picked up this graphic novel at the recommendation of the Image Comics subreddit. (I haven’t posted anything on that thread. But nice try, would-be cyberstalkers! 😛 ) I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I definitely enjoyed it. A truly unique and interesting read.
- My siblings, cousins, and some friends have our own Turkey Bowl each Thanksgiving weekend. We’re all pretty out of shape, but it’s still a lot of fun. We played on Sunday morning, and as of today (Thursday morning), my leg muscles are still kind of sore. I seriously need to exercise more 😛
- Saw two movies in theaters this weekend and both were fairly disappointing.
- The Good Dinosaur – As far as Pixar films go, this was one of their weakest entries. It all just seemed so rote and color-by-numbers. There was apparently a lot of trouble behind the scenes during the movie’s production, and it shows. Though it tries really hard to convince you that it does, the film just doesn’t have that Pixar heart. On the positive side, the visuals were stunning, and I liked the hints of the western frontier theme. Now I wish they had doubled down on that and made a cowboy dinosaur movie. At least that would’ve been something new instead of the bland film we got instead.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – aka Speeches: The Movie. I swear, at least a third of this movie was spent by characters pontificating. I remember enjoying Part 1, but haven’t rewatched it since. Still, I imagine Part 2‘s failings could’ve been avoided by keeping Mockingjay as a single film. But them’s the breaks. Definitely the weakest of the series, which is a shame since it ended the movie franchise on a low note.
- Watched the early-released pilot episode of The Expanse and loved it! I’ll write up a formal review when the show formally debuts on SyFy in a few weeks. But I just wanted to say that the show does not disappoint. I loved Leviathan Wakes, and the television adaptation seems incredibly faithful and very well produced. (Also, they included a Belter version of Tighten Up by The Black Keys. Amazing.)
- I ate sushi twice this weekend. I love sushi 🙂
Now I’m back at work, and with this post, gradually easing back into writing. Alongside making progress on some other creative endeavors, I hope to get some more blog posts out by week’s end. So until then… See you, space cowboys!
Soooo… I’m going to be late with today’s post again. It’ll be up either late tonight or on Friday. I have a half-written post waiting in my drafts, but my parents are visiting tomorrow and I’ve been rushing to do all of the spring cleaning that I have pushed off until now. But you’re probably sick of my excuses. To tide you over until the post goes live, here are some things running through my sleep-deprived, yet-uncaffeinated brain:
- Nintendo of America just hired a new VP of Sales named Doug Bowser. I’m not kidding. But despite the name, Mr. Bowser seems to be a nice enough guy. That is, until the internet noticed something strange in this picture. Well played, Bowser. Well played…
- While listening to a podcast recently, I heard a reference to Victor Borge (which delighted me to no end.) Do you remember Victor Borge? I was introduced to him via a PBS special, and have fond memories of watching and laughing along with my father. Phonetic Punctuation, Inflationary language, and all of his wonderful piano-based gags… So great! 🙂
- Barnes and Noble just published an article going over the origin story of James S.A. Corey, the pen name of authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham. I’m currently working my way through the Expanse book series (and eagerly awaiting the SyFy television adaptation), so this was definitely an interesting read.
- Waffles are delicious. Even just eating a freshly-toasted frozen one without toppings for breakfast. Nom nom nom.
- I’m severely behind on my television watching, so I only just saw the Person of Interest season finale. Not gonna lie, this season was kind of hit-or-miss for me. Especially since last season was a constant roller-coaster of awesome. But that being said, though there were some lackluster episodes, the good episodes were amazing episodes. Still one of my all-time favorite tv shows. Good news is POI has been picked up for season five; bad news is it’s only a 13-episode order and we don’t yet know if this upcoming season will be its last. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman have previously said that they have plans for well-beyond season five; but if it comes down to it, I think that narratively speaking they are at a good place to wrap things up.
So those are some of my rambling thoughts over coffee this morning. Time to get some actual work done! New post will be here before week’s end.
Happy Thursday, everyone!
This past week, Syfy released the trailer for their upcoming series, The Expanse… and I’m super excited! For one thing, it’s great that Syfy is actually making an effort to have legitimate science-fiction shows again. After rebranding in hopes to pull in a broader audience, the channel seems to be returning to its roots. While Ascension came and went to mediocre reviews, I have heard nothing but good things about the 12 Monkeys pilot that aired a few days ago. Conceivably, this could indicate that Syfy is better at making adaptations of pre-existing source material than original stories, which bodes well for the upcoming shows based on James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.
I’m excited, in particular, for The Expanse adaptation, as I recently read the first book in James S.A. Corey’s series — Leviathan Wakes. Continue reading