I’m finally watching The Expanse – it’s really good! I keep having to pause to look up guest actors.

Last night: “hey wait. is that...? could it be him? it is!!!”

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The Expanse is good. I just wish they wouldn’t dial the freaking drama up to eleven at every opportunity. Like I get that tv is a visual medium, show-don’t-tell, etc... but damn. Things can just happen without the highest of high stakes.

(This is a general problem I have with contemporary tv, though.)

Someday I’ll do a thread about how The Expanse makes creative and thorough use of Toronto as a filming location.

@ashfurrow Dark Matter taught me that the interior of every futuristic space station looks like a basement in a Toronto high rise, so anything is possible if you believe

@Dee holy shit I loved it every time an actor from stargate showed up. like YEAH Tori Amos is EXACTLY what this show needed 😍

@ashfurrow Uhg, yes! Could not agree more. Everything is always the most important thing which makes nothing important.

@ashfurrow Holden in particular always has an exasperated "this shit again..." look on his face.

@ashfurrow There's some slower-burn stuff later on, but it tends to kinda be of the climate change variety, ie. it IS actually super dire and important, it's just that most folks aren't accepting that to be true.

At least it feels like The Expanse's plot kinda earns it, as there's multiple civilization-upheaving events and they have understandably far-reaching effects that folks grapple with. Sadly most other contemporary shows have the same level of Constant 10/10 Drama no matter the scenario.

@keithzg yeah, that’s fair. I just mean that the show doesn’t balance the drama quite right.

like this creature just spent an entire episode trying to rip through a reactor core, and it was really important to stop it ASAP because a character is dying, but also,,, we cut away for dramatic dialogue and contrived personal conversations. the urgent thing shouldn’t happen at the same time as the slow thing if they share a resolution, imo.

@ashfurrow Ah, yeah, that whole thing was . . . definitely not my favourite moment in the show, heh. Common fault in TV, alas; the drive for narrative economy has screenwriters trying to be overly clever on a formal basis, trying to create and play out multiple levels of stakes simultaneously, rather than just letting one bit of story breathe a bit.

For that reason I've been enjoying watching a lot (perhaps too much; gotta do *something* when failing to sleep though) of the rather old soap Dark Shadows; I do greatly enjoy a lot of contemporary television but it's nice to dip back into something a lot less breathlessly paced. Although of course a soap opera with a vampire definitely doesn't cut on the contrived drama side of things ;)

@keithzg haha yeah totally. I perennially enjoy 90’s Star Trek for this exact reason.

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