See season 1 flavour review here. I don’t believe there have been any spoilers given away in here, for those completely new to the series.
I suppose it’s only fitting to say that if these trends continue we’ll continue to get a fairly faithful representation of the story that S.A. Corey has presented to us in Caliban’s War. One of the things I loved so much about the first season was that they didn’t spend a lot of time explaining things to viewers new to the series. As limiting to a show as that may seem, for those of us who have read all the books and the novellas and just want to hear the patois already it’s a glorious blessing, sa sa?
Two words, people: Bobbie Draper. I am so friggin’ excited for Bobbie Draper. When ripping through the books she quickly became one of my favourites, right up there with Amos and Detective “IDGAF” Miller. I don’t know much about Frankie Adams, but what I could find out was extremely promising. Boxer. Samoan heritage. Six feet tall. Attractive enough to be in a soap opera and serious enough to be in the highly rated prison drama “Wentworth” for a stint. Hopefully she’s a good enough actor to make me believe she’s a hard as vacuum soldier with morals so clear cut they give her biceps (and national ties) a run for their money. Look, I just want a badass lady running around in powered armour kicking all kinds of ass.
As you may have guessed I’m very excited for what I’m envisioning as the opening episode – a terrified daughter, a so-into-science-he-can’t-see-the-forest-for-the-trees dad, the wanton destruction of a colony, one surviving soldier in powered armour and a monstrous enemy. It isn’t a happy story, but it is a great one. A good way to set the pace of the new season, I’d say. Maybe they’ll go another way but I hope they start with space monsters and explosions. What can I say? I’m a purist.
While the story itself is different the components will likely be more or less the same as the first season – an obsessed man chasing after a stolen/lost girl, international space intrigue, a hot head captain and his ragtag crew of saviours and sinners with some new faces. As I recall we don’t really get into the wild stuff until the third book in the series, which I enjoyed thoroughly. In the series, while I did enjoy Caliban’s War I wasn’t as in love with it as I was the first, third and fourth installments. It felt… like a necessary stepping stone. Hopefully the showrunners can keep it feeling exciting and relevant all the way through. If they don’t make it to the crazy events of the third installment I shall be very cross indeed.
The nice thing about television is that the format doesn’t have the time (or the money) to spend too much time plodding about, though I have seen more than enough examples of plodding in TV. I believe they can cut out a lot of this one and still get the point across whilst our eyes and minds are dazzled by monsters, conspiracy, class warfare, space torpedoes and voluntarily getting drugged to survive the realistic effects of massive acceleration. As Detective Miller says in the promos – I ain’t sitting this one out.
Trailer #3 is right here.