Expanse Season 4 Teaser and Preview

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  1. Hyperspace05

    Hyperspace05 Commodore Commodore

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    From the San Diego Comic-Con:

    First the teaser trailer:


    And a bonus almost 6 minute clip from the first episode - The Rocinante lands on a new planet (Ilus/New Terra):
     
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  2. eschaton

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    Interesting they make the decision to have Naomi land - in the novel a lot of the drama was because Naomi couldn't handle Ilus's gravity, and thus had to stay in orbit with Alex while Jim and Amos got to have the "fun" on the ground.

    Ilus looks remarkably bereft of life in those shots. I remember there being a lot of flora and fauna in the book. This almost looks like another one of those "gravel pit" sets. Maybe they'll add grass analogues and the like later with CGI though.
     
  3. David cgc

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    I liked the detail that while she could prepare for the gravity, it was the open sky that knocked her on her feet. Something they talked about when Bobbie first visited Earth, and I imagine having nothing visible holding the air in would be even more unsettling for a Belter.
     
  4. Vger23

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    Wow...that looks great. I just finished S3 a couple of weeks ago....I'm already missing it.
     
  5. Miller 2.0

    Miller 2.0 Screaming Firehawk Admiral

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    So looking forward to this. Watched the trailer and other footage a bit so far today. Only 145 days to go. Wake me up when it's December.
     
  6. Leroy

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    I can't wait until December! What should I do until season 4 of The Expanse? I remember when Galactica was airing my life was nothing but waiting until the next season came out. lol I really like both the trailer and the clip they gave us, I also like how the Rocinante lands like an old school 50's sci-fi rocketship. :techman:
     
  7. Christopher

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    More like a modern reusable rocket of the sort the private space companies have been testing, in that it didn't come straight down with continuous thrust but made constant corrections.

    I think it's a bit too convenient that they found a landing site adjacent to a cliff that was exactly the right height for their exit ramp.
     
  8. Marc

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    Which is also probably quite consistent with what we've seen of space flight through out the series.

    Though it was nice and convenient having a canyon deep enough for the Roci to land in so her boarding tube just goes straight out :)
     
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    I saw the preview yesterday. That was awesome, and I can't wait till December. Might have to rewatch at least season 3 before the new season starts. It's been about a year since I've seen the entire series.
     
  10. Leroy

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    Does anybody know if planetary landing is a standard feature on gunships like the Roci? or is it an upgrade like the railgun?
     
  11. Christopher

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    Well, the FX team said they had to rebuild the model to give it landing legs, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was altered in-story, so I'm not sure.

    It was originally a Martian ship, wasn't it? So maybe it was built to land on Mars.
     
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    Man at the end of the year and early next well get a new season of the Expanse, The Witcher and then Picard. Such an awesome time to be a nerd.
     
  13. Noname Given

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    Haven't read any of the books, but I do hope the series doesn't become mostly 'planet bound' this next season. I loved the 'space' aspect of the series myself.
     
  14. Leroy

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    I also like how when the ship needs to slow down or stop they turn around and fire the engine as opposed to other shows (like star wars/trek) where if they shut the engine off the ship just stops in the middle of space.
     
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    So Torchwood are involved now? :)
    Planet must have a low gravity for those dirty Belters to land on it.
     
  16. The Wormhole

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    In the novels it's standard feature.
     
  17. Savage Dragon

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    When it comes to landing, the novels always made a point of mentioning that what were walls in space turned into floors when they landed on a planet. It's easy to see why they made this change though. In the novels the ship would automatically adjust seating to match orientation, but this probably would have added a lot to the set building budget.
     
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  18. Christopher

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    That's odd, since "down" on a spaceship would always be opposite the direction of thrust, and you'd presumably need to use the main rocket to decelerate against a planet's gravity, as shown in the clip. So the vector of planetary gravity should be the same as the vector of weight under thrust. I suppose the novels must have intended that the ship rested on the ground horizontally rather than vertically, but then, how would it land?

    As it happens, the Freefall SF webcomic is currently doing a storyline showing the same thing -- the main characters' ship, which is wide and flat, takes off and lands like an airplane, and has spent most of the series on the ground so far (belying the strip's title), recently undertook a space mission and had the direction of thrust change. Here's a strip that shows how the shipboard furniture adjusts to the vector change, which is clever, but I'm not sure it would be comfortable.
     
  19. DigificWriter

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    I've decided that, in the lead-up to the launch of Season 4 on December 13th, I'm going to do a marathon of the show beginning on August 9th and continuing up until December 6th.
     
  20. Reverend

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    Having read the books since the last season premiered it's interesting that while for the first time I have a better idea of what's coming up, I can still see--even from these snippets--how they've altered certain details.

    To answer a question above: yeah, by the looks of things a fair amount of the Roci crew stuff will be planet bound, though that wasn't the case in the book. As has been noted, Naomi training up for living at 1G is new. In the books she's vehemently against even considering going down a well, at one point basically saying something to the effect of "you can take your horrendous gravity and your unnerving air that touches hard vacuum and shove it!".
    As has been mentioned above, the book splits the action between the drama down on the ground with the colony and up in orbit where the colony ship is still parked. It's possible they nixed the ship altogether, but if that's the case we may not get my favourite beat in the whole book.
    Alex: Whoops, my finger slipped... ;)

    What I do find more interesting is that is seems as though they might be folding Bobby's short story material and maybe even overlapping some of her storyline from the *next* book, which makes me wonder if certain future events will be brought forward a little. I assume that they're mostly doing this to keep the supporting cast around this season. I mean I could see Bobby being inserted into the Ilus story, but Avasarala and Drummer? You'd have to cut them down to barely a cameo, which is probably not worth the actors' time.