I’ve been binge watching “The Expanse” on Amazon Prime because I’ve read a lot of good reviews.
From the mystery point of view, it does keep you guessing about what’s coming next, but no matter how I try, I just can’t get over the “gravity” issue.
Although “The Expanse” series tries to accurately depict how the solar system is laid out, even to the point of recognizing that interstellar travel is not in the cards, there still seems to be a glaring problem. You can be floating around in space, but as soon as you step into an airlock you have gravity.
They have gravity on all the ships and space stations without ever talking about “artificial gravity.” At one point a character was on a station located on Eros when the asteroid stopped spinning and started moving on it’s own (due to a mysterious “protomolecule”). I’m okay with that. But the character says into his radio something like, “You said Eros has stopped spinning? So why do I still have gravity?” Huh? That makes no sense at all.
Another scene, some poor folks are standing in a room while another guy watches them through a window in a sealed passageway. All of a sudden they open the airlock and all the people get sucked out into space where they float away dying without air. So while they were standing on a floor they had gravity. Then someone turned off the gravity.
This is my biggest problem. I’m having trouble with it because they both try to deal with weightlessness and when it’s convenient have gravity.
I know you’re going to say, “Well they have artificial gravity on Star Trek and Star Wars.” Yes, and that’s okay for them. But “The Expanse” tries to be more scientifically honest with what’s possible or what might be possible in the future. Gravity, my friend, is not something we’ll be able to switch on or off for convenience.