31 Dec '15, 8pm

Climate change is showing up in blockbusters and binge watches. So what?

At one point midway through the first episode, the camera pans past the skyline of New York. It’s both familiar and uncanny: There’s One World Trade Center, standing in a thicket of shinier, spindlier towers that announce we are now in The Future. And standing sentinel outside the city is the Statue of Liberty — except now she is ringed by a reinforced seawall, set in ten feet of angry surf. That’s it. That’s all the reference to climate change we get in the 45 minute-long pilot of The Expanse , SyFy’s new space drama. In fact, only a handful of those minutes are spent on Earth at all. We’ve talked about cli-fi before; this is something different. The Expanse joins a small group of recent movies and shows that are definitely NOT about climate change. They have plots and characters with their own urgency — not unlike us, including those of us who spend every day with the wo...

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