It's the story of real people fighting for their small corner of the universe day after day.
(A world where water is scarce and air is rationed isn't that hard to envision right now.)
And that focus on human behavior allows the show to explore issues like
empathy, martyrdom, poverty and how fear can dictate one's actions.
At its core, The Expanse
is all about people responding to fear –
fear of the other, fear of the new,
fear of inequality, fear of death.
In the tradition of great Noir, every character has a past that they would rather not talk about.
They've lived tough lives and are struggling to make their way without compromising their values too much
or to regain those values they compromised long ago.
There is a moral ambiguity that haunts all the characters
with choices that seemed right at the time, but have since proven to be disastrous.
There is an epic sense of scale, a realistic class warfare, and cultures that grow out of their environments.
Be prepared to root for three dimensional characters
who strive to be better than they were
and witness the machinations of those who think their way is the only way.
I don't often recommend a TV series,
but this one is not to be missed.