If you’ve been ignoring Syfy the past few years, you need to change that. Science fiction is back in the house that Stargate built. Both Killjoys and Dark Matter are fantastic tv shows for any sci-fi junkie. But the crown jewel is The Expanse.

Based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey (the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), The Expanse takes us to a future where Earth isn’t the only home for humanity. Mars is being colonized along with the asteroid belt. Tensions are high between all three parties, and the solar system is on the brink of war.

Season 1 introduced us to the Rocinante and its crew along with the dynamics between The Belt, Mars and Earth. Oh, and a mysterious weapon unleashed at the end of season 1.

We know all about Earth and The Belt. What about Mars? We are going to get a heavy dose of it through the eyes of foot soldier Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams).

“This year you’re going to get a huge glimpse at what Mars is all about,” said executive producer Mark Fergus at a NYCC panel. “In The Expanse in general you see big issues through the eyes of a foot soldier, somebody on the ground who really embodies the aspirations of her whole planet. Bobbie is this giant new window in the story.”

The trailer’s short, but sweet. We see all the main players from Season 1. The Rocinante crew, Chrisjen Avasarala and Frederick Johnson.

Bobbie isn’t the only fresh face we’ll see in season 2. Book readers will know the name Prax. At the NYCC panel, Ty Franck says, “he’s not who everybody online thinks he is.”

TOR has a good write-up of the entire NYCC panel including Cas Anvar shouting his memorable line “DONKEY BALLS.”

All The Expanse fans out there need to circle February 8 as the action kicks off with a two-hour premiere. Those still in the dark on The Expanse? You’re missing out on the best show on Syfy since Battlestar Galactica. I’m not kidding. It’s that good.

I just hope the ratings for The Expanse keeps Syfy happy. The story only gets better as it keeps going. And for all us book readers out there? We don’t have to wait much longer for our Rocinante fix. Babylon’s Ashes (theT sixth book) is set for release on December 6, 2016.

Don’t be afraid to jump into the books. James S.A. Corey isn’t George R.R. Martin. Corey isn’t quite Brandon Sanderson either, but you can expect a new entry into The Expanse every year.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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