The pilot ep of SyFy's big bet on space based... er... sci-fi has dropped pretty much everywhere but here. The producers went with a broadside releasing the opener on pretty much every digital distribution channel worth its pixels. But none of them DownUnder.
Weirdly enough SyFy's local web site invites locals to view the premiere just like they had the same rights and priveleges as anyone. But if you try to play the vid you get put in your place, hard.
Luckily, God gives us VPNs for these trying moments. I dodged around the geoblock yesterday and took in the first installment. Sorry, Murph, I enjoyed it. The Zero G fx in the first scene are top shelf, and the action on Ceres, the space station where a lot of the action in S1 will play out was both, ahem, expansive and claustrophobic. There were some echoes of the greats in there. Some Deep Space Nine. A little BladeRunner. Possibly even a nod to Justified although Detective Miller wears a stupid hat in the books too. It's almost a supporting character.
Thomas Jane's Miller looks suitably sketchy and dangerous. Steven Strait as Holden is a great realisation of the written character, but he's not my realisation of the written character, damn it. I thought the physiological stretching of the Belters was brilliant and unlike some of the critics I wasn't much bothered by the density and complexity of the storyline – possibly because I've read the books.
It did take a while settling into the on screen personas and faces of characters I'd come to know so well on the page, and it was kind of a bummer already knowing who would live and die. But maybe the show runners will diverge a little. Critical reaction has been violently diverse, but I'm gonna go with hopeful anticipation.
If enough people are interested I'm happy to do a recap as new episodes air.