Syfy's The Expanse is gearing up for its second season with the Martians taking front and center with the opening sequence of the new season set to feature the Martian badass Bobbie Draper played by newcomer to the show Frankie Adams.
The panel hosted by show super fan and science fiction aficionado Adam Savage started with a video clip describing the job requirements for being on the show. It was a cute video that covered things like being able to handle zero gravity by way of wires, making coffee, and in the case of Shohreh Aghdashloo's character Chrisjen Avasarala saying the word "Shit" in the most satisfying way you will ever hear.
The writers of the show asked about the work that they put in to make science and space work as a character in the show as well as a backdrop. They talked about how they wanted the technology of the world to take a step back and be more like the wallpaper so that the story can focus on the people. As a result they get to avoid the science fiction trope of having technology solve all problems of things like space flight and makes for a richer more compelling story.
The diversity of the cast came up a lot as the panel progressed with the cast talking about the fact that there is no racism in the show but planetism. It's very much about the Earthers v. the Martians v. the Belters. Each group is just made up of humans with a mixtures of backgrounds that in our real world constructs are seen as races. In the show everyone is Human and the cultural identities that define them come from the planet they were born on and not pigmentation.
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