101 Dulcinea – The Expanse Podcast

Posted by on December 4, 2015 in The Expanse Podcast - Tales From The Rocinante | 2 comments



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Welcome everyone. I am so happy that you’ve joined me to discuss The Expanse.

What an amazing start to this series. This pilot episode blew expectations out of the sky. And with 1.5 million views online, before the TV broadcast, you know this will be a hit.

I’m producing this podcast in the same way as all the other podcasts I do here at Solo Talk Media. I start off with the news, followed by my episode discussion, and I finish off with some great feedback contributors from listeners.


Dulcinea was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Directed by Terry McDonough.

Syfy has already renewed The Expanse for season 2 so we’re guaranteed at least 20 episodes.

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You can read Drive, the prequel to The Expanse here.

If you would like to read The Expanse book series you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audio book version through Audible

Episode Discussion

In this week’s episode I talk about the mysterious woman at the beginning of the episode. I then go over the Christen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary’s brief story before moving on to Miller and Holden.

In my discussion on Miller I talk about his personality and how he doesn’t really seem like a nice guy. We see how he’s not above taking a bribe to look the other way but he also has his limits. To me he seems like a lost dejected soul. The simple “Kidnap job” given to him looks to be taking hold.

I love the look of Ceres station and it’s variety of social classes. Including our first look at the Belters.

We didn’t get a whole lot of Miller but we can already tell that he will be a very deep character.

In my discussion on Holden and the crew of the Canterbury I talk about life in space. The dangers of their job and the condition of their ship. You see the toll that it takes on them, especially when we see the breakdown of the executive officer. It becomes further apparent when the Captain of the Canterbury orders the distress call they received deleted from the data base and tells the crew to get ready to head home.

I talk about how Holden, who can’t let it go, logs the distress call forcing the Canterbury to investigate. Forcing himself, along with Naomi, Amos, Alex and Shed investigate the Scopuli. Onboard the shuttle, Holden confesses to Naomi that it was he who logged the distress call. Something I think will haunt him.

I talk about how they find a planted distress beacon hidden on the Scopuli’s bridge and how they realize it’s a trap. But before they can do anything a mysterious ship appears and fires on them.

I share the grief of the shuttle crew as they see the Canterbury blown up in the nuclear blast, leaving them all alone, millions of kilometres from anywhere.


I received three feedback submissions this week from J.P., Cain and Chad. I would love to hear from you in future episodes. Please don’t hesitate to send my your thoughts, theories and questions.

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  1. Hello, I’m very glad to have found your podcast: being a great fan of The Expanse book series, I was more than looking forward to its translation on screen and finding a place where I can discuss both is nothing short of awesome. My compliments for the quality of the podcast: it’s a medium I very rarely enjoy because they are usually the work of several voices, which can lead to confusion and understanding issues, while your choice of doing them yourself lends a great clarity to the matters being discussed.

    That said, I love the gritty, realistic look of the show, that mirrors what we find in the books, but I also understand it might not be for everyone: a few friends I’ve tried to convince about watching with me have complained about the lack of… “light and sparkle” – for want of a better definition – and this seems to prevent them from enjoying the story. I’ve tried, to no avail, to explain that this is the *frontier* and as such you can’t expect it to be comfortable and glamorous, but it would seem that some older, more technologically-inclined shows with a penchant for unrealistic perfection, have left a kind of indelible imprinting on part of the audience. Which is sad, IMHO…

    What I liked most about this first episode is the subliminal layering of the background, given both in visual and short conversational clues, that allows the viewers to build – little by little – a complete picture, with no need for lengthy exposition. The Belter culture is the best example of this, from the hand gestures to the snatches of Belter patois, that have been left untranslated: it’s a choice I completely approve of, since I believe you don’t need to… “analyze everything to death” to reach understanding. Trust your readers, trust your audience, they are far smarter than you imagine – that’s what I’d like to tell many book- and screen-writers.

    As an initial glimpse into this world, this first episode was a complete success, starting with those awesome opening credits, one of the rare examples of a screen adaptation that does credit to its book source.

    Looking forward to the rest of the journey… 🙂

  2. Like you , one of the things I initially loved about this show was that gravity, and how they deal with it, was like a character in itself.

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