The Expanse, Lynch, and Star Wars
They pretty much have a hit show going with The Expanse, and I think I like this season better than the first season. Some of that might be due to I already know most of the main characters this season, the main premise of the show, so now they just have to do is build stories around them. This season they've discovered *SPOILERS* something called a protomolecule--I started to say protoculture (Robotech). I don't think I'm giving away too much just by mentioning that. I won't spoil it any further. At any rate, I think they should mimic what AMC does with their hit show, The Walking Dead, and repeat it on the same night as well. That's not that big a deal, but they could re-boadcast it more than what they do.
During tonight episode there were a few things I was curious about and I thought, this show could really use something else like The Walking Dead, and that's the Talking Dead that follows afterwards. They could call it The Talking Expanse (or something similar), and use it to talk about some of the things that went on during that episode that may escape the fan's knowledge about the nuts and bolts of the show. They could even have SF authors, scientist or whoever on to talk about different aspects of the show, etc. It would really appeal to fans of the show. Something like that should be very inexpensive to produce I would think and help promote it as well. It's basically a talk show, and people are sitting around on a sofa talking.
While on the topic I don't know what they don't bring back SciFi Buzz. That used to be a showcase for up and coming things in the world of SF, horror, and fantasy. They talked about new conventions happening around the country, new SF books and authors, gaming, artwork and props used on different shows, etc. It was kind of set up like a format similar to the old Starlog magazines. I always looked forward to those little thirty minute programs. Surely those can't be that expensive to produce either. Sure would beat Sharknado.
Tonight's episode of The Expanse, Home, showed the crew of the Rocinante going into something like a hyper drive to catch a large asteroid (Eros), and before they go full throttle, they were injected with some form of fluid to (I'm guessing) aid against the thrust of gravity against their bodies as they shot thru space. That was just one of the things that didn't make sense to me. At any rate Home was a pretty good episode.
So The Expanse has been pretty good this season. I hope they can continue the show. Also today, I ran across an interview with David Lynch over on the Film Threat site. They have a new Twin Peaks series, and to be honest I've not heard much about it. I assume it's on another paid network, so I won't be able to watch it until it's on DVD anyway. At any rate, here's that interview.
I ran across a couple of really cool Star Wars documentaries yesterday as well. They play out like the regular movies do, but they inject dialogue over them, and insert special effect into the movie as well, so you get a real feel for how some of the scenes were created. Jamie Benning has created the ultimate documentaries for the original Star Wars Movies. Unfortunately most people have never seen these films. Each documentary follows the action and running time of each film.
Rather than post the movies here, I'll just provide a link (which is easier for me). If you're a Star Wars fan you ought to give them a go. Perhaps they've been around for a while, but I didn't know anything about them.
Star Wars (1977) Documentary (2:19:13)
Star Wars Begins (2011) https://vimeo.com/32442801
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Documentary (2:16:49)
Building Empire (2006) https://vimeo.com/36158111
Return of the Jedi (1983) Documentary (2:28:11)
Returning to Jedi (2007) https://vimeo.com/36474256