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Officially starts in December, but Syfy put the first episode up on Youtube a couple days ago

 

 

I'm on board. I'm unfamiliar with the books, but this looks like it'll finally fill the Battlestar Galactica shaped hole in my TV sci-fi, and hey, Tom Jane in a thing again.

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Looks pretty good, and I like the cast. The fact that it's a SyFy production dims my excitement, though. I don't think I've particularly liked anything they've done outside the Battlestar Galactica universe.

 

EDIT: Oh! I thought that was the trailer I'd already seen, but it's a full episode. Will give it a watch later!


Edited by MrSaxon - 11/25/15 at 1:16am
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It's definitely a step in the right direction if they want to get back to being more SciFi than Syfy.
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I was already IN because of the books (which are pretty damned great), but that pilot episode hit all of the right notes for me.  Loved it.  I'm totally on board with great enthusiasm now.

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The dreaded "This video is not available in you country" but this has Thomas Jane playing a shady P.I. in some kind of mysterious space horror show right? How could I not be in for this.
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The dreaded "This video is not available in you country" but this has Thomas Jane playing a shady P.I. in some kind of mysterious space horror show right? How could I not be in for this.

 

Not only that, but Jane was knocking it out of the park in the footage that I watched.  He's gonna fucking OWN this in a major way.

post #7 of 339

Finally got around to watching this and was quite impressed, not only because it didn't look like your typical cheap SyFy show and the acting was pretty decent, but because it actually seems to be fairly well written. It's obviously hard to judge a show based on just one episode, but this definitely left me wanting more which a lot of pilots fail to do. 

post #8 of 339
How did you watch it, Saxon? Can't find it on UK Youtube.
post #9 of 339

Just watched this...not bad.

 

Good production values, writing, acting....interesting story/world building.

 

I'm interested to see where it's headed. Hopefully, the quality will remain consistent.

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How did you watch it, Saxon? Can't find it on UK Youtube.

 

I have the ProxFlow extension on my Chrome, so I no longer get those annoying "It's not available in your country" messages on Youtube. Watched it right here on good ol' CHUD!

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For those of you who have read the series and seen the pilot, I heard they mixed a lot of book one and book two into the first "season".. I've only read the first book. Should I try to finish the second before watching the pilot?

post #12 of 339
I've been wowed. That was some good shit, Maynard.
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I second that. It's been a long time since there's a been hard science fiction on TV and that first episode was the bee's knees.

post #14 of 339

I'm in.

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One thing I loved was the large crack in Jane's character's phone-thingy. That one little detail went a long way in establishing versimilitude for me.

I really dig the opening credits as well.
post #16 of 339

I read the books and liked (but not loved) them.

 

Only Battlestar has really shone for me in terms of its effects on Syfy. This looks...okay. Too much exposition for my liking, although that might have been unavoidable.

 

That said, small things like the cracked phone and lots of skinny, lanky people helped sell the idea of this used world. I thought the hovering bird was pretty cool, too.

 

Hi, Jonathan Banks! Bye, Jonathan Banks!

 

For me that intro scene was a wasted opportunity. Perhaps the series wants to keep what's going on really mysterious, but while the book's opening was the same scene, the way it was described was really unnerving.

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I've found myself mumbling "Veek beltah bohns" way too much since Monday.
post #19 of 339

3rd episode- maintaining pretty good level of drama, production value and writing.

 

I'm digging this more and more, although I do sometimes wish there were subtitles.

 

 

Also.... we get to see Lane Pryce and Windom Earle show up.  : ) 

 

 

 

 

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I was just coming on here to talk after watching the first 4 episodes that are out. For those that don't know, the first 4 episodes are On Demand for cable and at Syfy's website. Each new episode makes me like this show more and more. There's an especially shocking death in the 4th episode that made me smile

 

The detail being put towards the differences between the societies from each location is great. I got the impression that they're saying that Mars is Communist, even if they never call it that. I remember reading in another sci-fi book about a future Martian society that was Communist. The show keeps expanding the overall world/perspective each episode but it doesn't feel like we're about to be overwhelmed with too much stuff.

 

Here's a question: how would chewers line up in the show's societies, Earther / Martian / OPA? Put me down for OPA since I'm a sucker for the underdog.

 

Now let me go see if The Magicians will be worth any my time.

post #21 of 339

pretty show

 

 

post #22 of 339
Of course there would be space mormons.

Despite being stuck to a wall, I'm thinking Havelock will still be around. Right? I was starting to care about the relationship between him and the belter girl and it seems too early to kill him off . . . we're still learning about Ceres culture through him.
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Now let me go see if The Magicians will be worth any my time.

Early reviews say no, which is disappointing. 

post #24 of 339

Just finished watching the fourth episode online, and it leaves off at a good point. The first book really gets going at that point (main plot anyway) so I'm happy to see where it goes from here.

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Early reviews say no, which is disappointing. 

I'm still gonna watch tonight! After my family's asleep. So, just in case, I can cry alone in my disappointment.

 

The space Mormons made me laugh, but then I got annoyed because of course they'd still be around hundreds of years from now.

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I'm still gonna watch tonight! After my family's asleep. So, just in case, I can cry alone in my disappointment.

 

The space Mormons made me laugh, but then I got annoyed because of course they'd still be around hundreds of years from now.

 

heh....space mormons.

 

This makes the BSG comparisons slightly more amusing as Glen A Larson, the guy that created the original BSG was a Mormon himself. (Kobol = Kolob)

post #27 of 339
Four episodes in, and it does feel like it's finding it's feet. I like the tension among the remaining crew (I don't recall them being this antagonistic in the book) and only slowly beginning to cooperate.

And the arrogance of the Martian navy being replaced by shock as they realised they are the ones on the receiving end of an arse kicking was nice too.

Let's go tilt at some windmills!
post #28 of 339

I haven't seen a space battle done that well on TV in a long time.  Fantastic stuff. 

post #29 of 339
Dr. Feelgood NOOOOOOOOO! Swear to god, that gave me royal pains.

Is the Martian interrogator going to be a regular now?
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Not sure about this show, maybe it would have worked better as a toon or video game? I like the fx and ships but don't know about the casting, it has some potential to be something but there seems to be a problem maybe with the story telling?  Out the episodes, I still find no characters significantly interesting or likable so far. The 'Punisher' actor playing the cop is good and so is the girl and latino cop with him, I think two of the older guys on the ship are acted well but the rest of the cast I don't like, I am not feeling anything at all from them. The cast don't seem to have chemistry and that is a very bad sign. A question for those of you who know the books? Is it going to pick up any time soon?

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It seems to have a lot of good ingredients but the story isn't gelling as a whole yet. I'll keep watching to see if it does but it all feels a little disjointed at the moment. The Earth scenes feel the weakest for me, I'm not digging that actress at all. The environment they've built around Tom Jane's character is so rich with ideas that it could sustain a series all it's own. Whenever it veers away from there I tune out. 

post #34 of 339
Miller is a much more interesting character than Holden, although Holden ends up being the protagonist through the series of books. I wouldn't mind if the TV show diverges from this and keeps Miller in the lead at least through the first two seasons.
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A question for those of you who know the books? Is it going to pick up any time soon?

Yes, it definitely does, in my opinion. Episodes 1-4 is really the setup - what happens at the end of episode 4 is really what kicks the plot and character journeys in high gear.

And I'm very excited about season 2 renewal! smile.gif
post #36 of 339
Season 1 should have a really good action/suspense scene in a few episodes' time. And good news on Season 2, which should have some great horrific moments in it! Hooray for sci-fi-horror-thrillers!
post #37 of 339

Just finished episode 4 and I agree it seems to know where it's going now. They were smart to release 4 episodes at once because it does really feel like one big pilot. 

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Here is a great behind the scenes video for episode 4 (DO NOT WATCH if you have not caught up), which among other things shows the massive work they do for the Zero-G scenes:

 

post #39 of 339
I loved the 5th episode. Progress for Miller, and lots of great character moments for everyone. This was probably the first episode that allowed the characters to dominate instead of exposition.

And I have to admit that the 'Rocinante' naming scene got me emotional. But that may just be because I have read the books. smile.gif
post #40 of 339
Really curious to see if they will be able to fit all of the first book in season one. It seems like they are rushing some aspects and drawing out others. I'm really digging it on its own though. I'd like them to draw some things out, especially as a way to relate to the characters more. Loved the way they've introduced Fred Johnson to the audience. There are some changes, but it really put me in the proper headspace allowing me to feel like the crew of the Rocinante.
post #41 of 339
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Well, there are only 2 or 3 more episodes left this season, so...

 

Apparently:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Season 1 is going to end with the outbreak on Eros. Final episode of the season is titled 'Leviathan Wakes'
post #42 of 339
That's about what I was thinking, and it's a good idea. I do not want them to rush to meet plot points. Taking their time to set up the characters is always a good thing in my book.
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That's good too because that's where the book goes from normal-seeming hard sci-fi into WTF?! sci-fi.

 

But in a good way.

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Binged the first 7 episodes yesterday.  really good mystery.  But WTF is going on with Thomas Jane's hair?  Who thought that would be a good idea? 

 

I'm kind of surprised they got decent actors in a SyFy show.  Didn't think they paid. 

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Binged the first 7 episodes yesterday.  really good mystery.  But WTF is going on with Thomas Jane's hair?  Who thought that would be a good idea? 

 

I'm kind of surprised they got decent actors in a SyFy show.  Didn't think they paid. 

 

 

Seeing as this series supposedly takes place 200 +/- yrs in the future, I think it's a safe bet that hairstyles have 'evolved'....just as they always have.

post #46 of 339

It looks fucking stupid and to me it's a distraction.  Everyone else is "normal".  I'm sure Jane wanted to make his character look different but it's just unnecessary.

post #47 of 339
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It looks fucking stupid and to me it's a distraction.  Everyone else is "normal".  I'm sure Jane wanted to make his character look different but it's just unnecessary.

 

...in your opinion.

 

You must have hated B5 ?

 

post #48 of 339

No it definitely looks stupid. It's also hard to imagine it as an evolution of fashion since the haircut and his wardrobe make him look like a 45 year old PUA from 5 years ago. It's a minor thing but I find it a goofy choice.

 

It doesn't help that I find his stuff comparatively kinda boring. I mean the mystery is pretty interesting but whenever the show is spending a lot of time at his space station I find myself chomping at the bit to get back to the adventures of the survivors of the Cant. If it were up to me the running time wouldn't be as evenly split, it would be mostly the Rocinante with spacestation noir and Earth-based political stuff percolating in the background. 

 

Good show overall though. 

post #49 of 339
Now that Miller and his Othercut is off Ceres, will we ever return to his two ex-partners?
post #50 of 339

If they go by the books.. yes to one, no to the other. But I will be surprised if we don't at least get a few more scenes on Ceres before the season ends.

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