This is another one from the category of ‘books I’ve read in the past few years being turned into movies or shows’ and hot damn am I satisfied with it. Don’t let the fact that its on SyFy dissuade you.
Sci fi seems to be making a resurgence, there are a lot of good sci fi shows lately, but what this one does different is it tries to be realistic. It treats gravity (and lack therof) as a real thing (including it’s long term effects). It cares about distances between planets, and the economics it would present, lack of oxygen and water and etc, and builds a brilliant story around all these aspects.
The characters are strong and well acted, and the story is interesting and engaging (as it should be, being based on a series of novels) some people have even called it Game of Thrones in space, except there is a lot less sex and violence–and that is not a negative. This show manages to keep the intrigue and power struggle factor turned way up without the need to distract you with tits and gore.
The show holds true to the book, for the most part. I think they cast the characters very well. I did imagine Miller as much older and grumpier, but Thomas Jane’s portrayal grew on me after a few episodes. Although, I did find myself saying ‘ugh, take off that stupid hat’ quite often, but then, thankfully, he did take it off!
Any sci fi fans should definitely check this one out, you are in for a treat!