Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: From the Set of The Expanse

Michael Ahr
Dave Vitagliano

Dec 8, 2019

Showrunner Naren Shankar and lead actor Dominique Tipper spoke to us from the set of The Expanse to tease parts of the approaching season.

Dominique Tipper, who performs Naomi Nagata on The Expanse, was the very first interviewee we ever had on the Sci Fi Constancy podcast again after we started in September of 2016, simply when the Syfy present was getting began, and showrunner Naren Shankar visited with us in February of 2017 throughout season 2. Now, the 2 key gamers within the success of this house science fiction TV present be a part of us as soon as extra from the set of season 5, which is at present filming in Toronto, to preview season 4. We requested them to inform us extra in regards to the storyline to come back going down on Ilus, the primary planet encountered by people past the Ring gates.

The very first thing Tipper needed to point out was the problem for Naomi, along with her brittle Belter bones, to be planetside for the primary time. “We very a lot get to see this season what it takes for a Belter to vary themselves and present what they should do to their physique to step foot on a planet or be in environment,” she tells us. “And so I feel there’s quite a lot of issues using on Naomi going to Ilus… She’s the one Belter perspective within the group, and likewise her personal curiosity and for her and Holden as an possibility. So there’s rather a lot using on it for her personally.”

Not that Ilus is all that hospitable! Tipper informed us how chilly it was on location on the Ilus set, whereas Shankar appreciated its sparse magnificence. “If you see even the primary episode of season 4, it’s an exquisite location,” he says. “We have been on the lookout for a desolate frontier, and we shot in an energetic quarry. We used quite a lot of drone images to get the vistas, and it’s actually fairly putting. And what you’re seeing in there may be really — we did just about nothing by way of visible results cleanup or altering it. That’s the way in which it seems; it seems alien as hell.”

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Although the present shall be taking place the gravity effectively to a barren panorama this season, Shankar assures us that there shall be loads of space-based battle that The Expanse followers love. “It wouldn’t be The Expanse in the event you didn’t have sure sorts of scenes… We’ve bought three completely different sorts of ships: an Earth ship, a Belter ship, and the Rocinante in orbit round an alien planet with machines that have been created by the protomolecule which might be slowly coming to life. Absolutely what unhealthy issues may occur with that? Nothing! Nothing!” he laughs. “So sure, there are many alternatives for showcasing the weather that The Expanse has come to be identified for.”

A part of the familiarity that all of us admire about The Expanse comes from the Rocinante crew being challenged in ways in which play to their abilities, resembling Alex’s wonderful piloting or Naomi’s engineering experience. “That’s the beauty of season 4. Even with the introduction of all the brand new characters, there are play-ins to the entire characters that we all know and love in a method that simply preserve including to the richness of the characters,” Tipper says. “And we positively see a bunch of conditions the place all our favourite traits from everybody within the Roci crew will get examined.”

Tipper and Shankar skirted delicately round spoilers after we requested them about character backstories that may be addressed in The Expanse season 4, however Shankar did give us one tidbit with regard to his fellow interviewee. “We do get into backstories — and a few very fascinating backstories! There’s quite a lot of Naomi’s previous that comes up in the midst of season 4,” he teases. “We see Marco, the person who she was concerned with that we’ve been speaking about for a while, and also you get quite a lot of fascinating insights into that. That’s one of many large precise reveals of the season.”

For extra insightful moments, followers must wait till The Expanse season Four returns on Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019. You’ll want to subscribe to Sci Fi Constancy so that you just by no means miss an episode! Every week we evaluate a at present airing present, focus on a subject of curiosity to style tv, or interview somebody from behind the scenes of our favourite collection. Plus, this week we announce the winners of our The Artwork and Making of The Expanse giveaway! Discover us in your podcast app of alternative or just hear under!

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Michael Ahr is a author, reviewer, and podcaster right here at Den of Geek; you’ll be able to try his work right here or comply with him on Twitter (@mikescifi). Dave Vitagliano has been writing and podcasting about science fiction tv since 2012. You’ll be able to learn extra of his work right here.


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