The Expanse TV Series Trivia
SyFy Channel cancelled the series in early 2018 just before airing its third season. Later that year it was announced by show producers that Amazon had picked up the show for season four. It was also assisted by a fan campaign to save the show.
Chrisjen Avasarala doesn’t appear until the second book in the series, but she has been added earlier to be able to portray the politics of the Expanse universe more deeply, as the politics were explained by internal monologue in the book.
The character of Bobbie Draper, like Chrisjen Avarsarala, is originally debuted in the second book, Caliban’s War. However, for the purposes of expediting the political aspects of the different planetary governments, she has also been shown earlier than in the source material.
In Season 3, Melba is wearing a jumpsuit branded from “Savage Industries”. This has been confirmed by the writers as an in-show nod to Expanse superfan and behind-the-scenes host Adam Savage from Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.
Season 1 adapts approximately two thirds of “Leviathan Wakes”, the first in “The Expanse” series of books. Season 2 adapts the rest of said book and approximately two thirds of “Caliban’s War”, the second book. Season 3 covers the rest of the second book and the entirety of “Abaddon’s Gate”, the third book. In order to fit that third book into a shorter number of episodes, much of the first third of the book was removed and the relevant information was conveyed through dialogue. From Season 4 onward, every season adapted just one book.
The name of the ship, Rocinante, is the name of Don Quixote’s horse from the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The episode names Dulcinea and Windmills may also be allusions to the novel.
Tycho Station is likely a nod to Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). Brahe was a Danish nobleman renowned for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations. He is considered one of the first competent minds in modern astronomy. The name Tycho itself is derived from the Greek goddess (sic!) of fortune and luck, something Earther Fred Johnson would know.
The Martian ship “Kittur Chennamma” appearing in episode 4 of season 3 is a reference to the Indian warrior queen Rani Chennamma from Kittur, Karnataka who fought against the British occupation of India.
In the First Episode of Season 2 during a spacewalk scene outside the Rocinante, James Holden asks Naomi Nagata if she “…likes space gladiator movies?” This is a reference to a famous line in Airplane! (1981)
The building used for the interior shots of UN headquarters is the same one used for the interiors of the Vought headquarters in The Boys (2019)
Wes Chatham’s character Amos has a Hebrew-style tattoo on his left forearm. The tattoo consists of Hebrew letters, except the last one, which is not an actual letter. The tattoo is actually misspelled and does not have a particular meaning “as is” but if you ignore that last letter it can be loosely interpreted as “experience camaraderie” written in female gender. Another option can be “express your views”, in female gender but this would require assumption of that non-Hebrew last letter. Character’s name Amos is a Hebrew name of Biblical Prophet and is symbolizes leadership and charisma.
The name of the ship, Rocinante is also the name of the space ship in the song Cygnus X-1 by Rush. In the song Rocinante explores the black hole Cygnus X-1. The song both closes out the album “A Farewell to Kings” and opens the follow-on album “Hemispheres”.
Just like today, there are several slang or slur words used to describe the different members of a solar society: Earther: someone from Earth; Duster: Martians; Skinnies/Belters: people from the Asteroid Belt and associated space stations (Tycho, Eros, etc.)
In the books, the character Miller is almost a foot taller than the series protagonist Holden. However, the actor playing Holden (Steven Strait) is 8 centimeters taller than the actor playing Miller (Thomas Jane).
Both Thomas Jane and Cas Anvar have ties to the Marvel live action Punisher movies. In the first Thomas Jane played the title character of Frank Castle. In the follow up movie Cas Anvar played a plastic surgeon.
Hugh Dillon(Lt. Sutton) and Mpho Koaho (Private Travis) have appeared on screen together before on an episode of Flashpoint, in which Hugh Dillon was a title character, and Mpho Koaho was a guest lead. Mpho Koaho was later nominated for a Gemini Award for his guest appearance.
Chad L Coleman and Hugh Dillon were both voice actors in the 2009 zombie shooter video game Left 4 Dead 2. Coleman voiced Coach, and Dillon voiced Nick.