I’ve taken the obligatory shot of the WonderCon building wrap. I located the most likely places to catch cosplayers later in the weekend. But it turns out camping out in a room was the best bet for maximum unlocked achievements at WonderCon 2018. This past Friday, that room was 200A North. The first panel set the weekend off just right.
The Science of The Expanse
For those new the world of The Expanse, it’s a SyFy original series, based on the book series by James S.A. Cory, about a colonized solar system set 200 years in the future.
Tensions between Earth, Mars and the resource-rich Asteroid Belt are high. Things just keep getting hotter with every encounter. When Julie Mao “rich-girl-turned-political-activist” disappears it brings together Ceres detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), reluctant ship captain James Holden (Steven Strait) and U.N. politician Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo). The group must unravel this huge conspiracy before the political tension between Earth, Mars and the Belt explodes.
With tensions escalating and divisions forming between the factions. The crew of the Rocinante finds itself in an ever unstable position. New threats emerge and reveal an even larger conspiracy at play. Season 2 saw the utterly badass Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) added to the mix. She’s a martian marine whose loyalty is seriously tested when she ends up squarely in the middle of the conflict between Earth and Mars.
The ever-hilarious and science-obsessed Kyle Hill (Science Editor for the Nerdist) moderated the Q&A with cast members, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar, and showrunner Naren Shankar.
The panel discussed being faithful to the novels and getting the science right. Shankar shared,
When we started making this show, we wanted to make space a character in a way that had never been done on TV with realism.
He stated that the pacing and plotting of The Expanse’s seasons are deliberately intended to give the show a sense of “novelization.”
Cas expressed his excitement at knowing there’s plenty of time to develop and delve into characters and fully develop story arcs given the way the writers take care of the actors and break down episodes.
Cast members Frankie and Cas shared about acting in zero gravity, who among the cast is the “gravity police” *ahem Cas* and what it takes to stay cool in those space suits (think NASA cooling technology people), and how long it takes to get into space armor (average half an hour – but she’s recently set a 13 minutes’ record).
Kyle Hill steered the conversation through hefty science content with humor, engaging commentary and a perfectly reasonable focus on dying in space…because well, science.
WonderCon First Look at Season 3
Attendees were treated to a sneak peek at some Season 3 footage and promised that it was only the tip of the iceberg for things to come this time around:
— The Expanse (@ExpanseSYFY) March 23, 2018
It was a great panel about a show that “took math and made it a plot point” as Kyle Hill so aptly stated.
Stay tuned for more and be sure to check out the trailer for Season 3 of The Expanse. Shankar promised during the panel,
The teasing is over the shooting has begun…
Happy Saturday DHTG ladies and gents. I’m roaming unsupervised around Anaheim taking in the sights and sounds of WonderCon 2018. After a turn around the Exhibit Hall Friday, my wallet is lighter and my “must get before Sunday” list is long.
Hanging out at WonderCon 2018? Hit DHTG up in the comments and let us know how your Friday went! What are you excited about this weekend?