Mixed Advance Reviews For 'The Expanse'

By Michelle
May 21, 2003 - 10:34 PM

Advance reviews for tonight's Enterprise season finale, "The Expanse', have been mixed, with TV Guide praising the show's new direction and USA Today protesting that the premise wasn't the problem in the first place.

"The ship and the series change course in dramatic fashion with this bold second-season finale," wrote G.J. Connelly in TV Guide, where "The Expanse" made the list of today's shows to watch.

"With Enterprise under fire from fans and critics for being too cautious, executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga penned a daring script that gives the crew a new ongoing mission," Connelly said in Top Picks.

But USA Today's Robert Bianco stated that the show's premise has never been the issue.

"The trouble has been weak casting...and bad writing," Bianco wrote in the Critics Corner column. "And to judge from the finale, which forces one character to make a clumsy leap from grief to anger, the writing problem is far from resolved."

At the Chicago Sun Times, Phil Rosenthal wrote, "An Earth attack tonight will redefine the Enterprise's mission and provide the excuse to bring in new young cast members next season."

But Josh Friedman of the Los Angeles Times was critical of "The Expanse."

"Enterprise is about to blandly go where no show has gone before," wrote Friedman. "The episode promises a new plot line and loads of computer-generated pyrotechnics next season, but the show's usual hokey writing and uneasy acting clearly haven't changed a bit."

"Only die-hard Trekkies are likely to be lured along for the ride," he concluded in the full review.

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