It's been called "Battlestar Galactica meets Game of Thrones," and now it's coming back for a second season (video below).
We're talking about "The Expanse," of course -- the SyFy network's flagship space opera, which follows the adventures of a futuristic gumshoe and the last survivors of a destroyed commercial starship.
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Based on the novel "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey -- the combined pen name of writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, according to SlashFilm -- "The Expanse" imagines a near future in which Mars has been colonized, Earth has become a system-wide superpower and the impoverished "Belters" -- who mine sought-after natural resources from asteroids -- are caught in the middle of a brewing war between the two planetary powers.
Although SyFy is for better or worse known as the channel responsible for genre cheese like the "Sharknado" series of TV movies and various "ghost hunter" shows, "The Expanse" is a lavish production with massive sets, depicting space habitats, ships and starbases.
Unlike the critically-acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica," which fell under the category of military science fiction, "The Expanse" is propelled by a central mystery that brings humans to the brink of war and hints at the first real evidence of other intelligent life in the Milky Way galaxy.
On Dec. 27, SyFy premiered a pair of teaser trailers picking up where the first season ended -- with the forces of Earth and Mars hurtling toward war, and a third faction emerging from the shadows and commanding a previously-unknown, powerful technology of likely alien provenance.
The trailers show the surviving crew of the starship Canterbury -- including Jim Holden (Steven Strait), Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper), and Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar) -- teaming up with Thomas Jane's gritty detective, Joe Miller, to prevent war and destroy the superweapon that threatens human civilization.
U.N. envoy Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and former Marine colonel Fred Johnson ("The Walking Dead" and "The Wire" alum Chad Coleman) are also back for the second season, which will feature 13 episodes.
"The Expanse" is set to premiere its second season with a double episode on Feb. 1 on SyFy.