The Expanse Coming to Netflix Globally

Syfy series The Expanse will soon hit Netflix in every country except in North America and New Zealand Deadline reports. Though Netflix is billing it as an original series in those countries, the Syfy run of season two will not be affected.

What to Expect in The Expanse Season 2

Based on a series of novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S.A. Corey, The Expanse premiered as part of Syfy’s fall 2015 season.

The show’s first season took place 200 years in the future in a fully colonized solar system. The many plotlines, including ones with a detective investigating a missing person and the crew of a spaceship trying to get home, coalesced in the season finale.

The Expanse season two promises more high-stakes space drama when the horrors of what happened to space station Eros are revealed. Will this lead to war?

While you’re waiting to find out, people in most countries will be able to catch up on the 10 episode season one starting November 3 on Netflix.

The Expanse Syfy

Critics have been particularly kind to The Expanse, reportedly Syfy’s most expensive show to date, as the channel looks to compete with other networks. The show’s politics have been a major focus of the praise because The Expanse takes on issues of class, representation, and exploitation.

When speaking to Variety about the show’s renewal, Syfy President Dave Howe said:

The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two.”

The show has been part of a rebuilding of Syfy’s brand along with fellows like 12 Monkeys, The Magicians, and the new fall 2016 slate of Syfy shows.

“We do not want to be in the dumbed-down, sci-fi-lite space. We want high production value, smart-writing, smart acting and [to] really stand for some ambition and boldness,” Howe said.

Proving their commitment to the show, Syfy renewed The Expanse for season two less than halfway into its first season and extended the episode order to 13 episodes.

The only problem with having such an expensive show with extensive special effects is that those effects take a long time to produce, which is why The Expanse didn’t return in 2016.

Instead, the show’s second season will debut on Syfy in early 2017. It is expected to become available on Netflix shortly thereafter.

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watches more television than anyone she's ever met. Luckily, this has so far served her well in her dream of becoming a television writer. In addition to showing off her knowledge of movie and TV trivia, she enjoys reading, listening to show tunes, and counting down to next Halloween.

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