Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

Campaign grows to save made-in-Toronto sci fi show The Expanse

A campaign to save made-in-Toronto TV show The Expanse has taken flight — literally.

Fans of the sci-fi series raised enough money with a GoFundMe page to fly a banner reading #SaveTheExpanse over Amazon headquarters in L.A. on Tuesday.

It’s part of a robust social media campaign to find a rescuer for the show, which was cancelled by Syfy partway through its third season. In Canada, it airs on Space Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

By Wednesday afternoon, more than 84,000 people had signed a change.org petition asking Amazon or Netflix to pick it up. Its first two seasons already stream on Amazon in the U.S.

“Imagine cancelling Game of Thrones before the Red Wedding. That’s what just happened to The Expanse,” said the website IndieWire.

The website argues that the current season is the best yet; that the show’s incredibly detailed and serialized storytelling is well suited to binging; and that there’s still much story left to tell since the series has barely scratched the surface of the novels on which it’s based, the eighth instalment of which will be released later this year.

Meanwhile, Canadian actor Cas Anvar, who stars as pilot Alex Kamal in the series, told fans on Twitter there may yet be hope for the show to stay on Syfy if enough people start watching it live instead of waiting to binge it later.

“It’s hard for all of us to understand what exactly had happened with a show that was getting 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and reviews that were euphoric, in my opinion, from both the press and you guys,” he said.

“All of you have been absolutely unbelievable in terms of the support, in terms of the love.”

The Expanse is set hundreds of years in the future when humans have colonized the solar system and tensions have arisen between Earth, Mars and the resource-rich Asteroid Belt.

The series also stars Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead) among many others.

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Campaign grows to save made-in-Toronto sci fi show The Expanse