The first season of Netflix’s sci-fi thriller, The Expanse, had a surprisingly strong premiere this summer.
The show stars Anthony Hopkins, who plays the eponymous human space exploration hero, but was also nominated for best actor at the Emmys for his performance.
The second season of the show, which is streaming now on Netflix, will have a much larger cast.
It also has a cast of characters that includes an alien (Michael Kelly) who’s been trapped in a time loop since the beginning of the series, and an artificial intelligence (Ellie Kemper) who has been sent to Earth to investigate a mysterious new virus.
We asked Hopkins to talk about his role as the alien and the role of his character in the first season.
What was your initial reaction to playing the alien?
It’s something that has been a part of my life for so long.
I remember being in a room in London for the first time, and it’s like, ‘Oh my god!
It’s the alien.’
And then I just thought, ‘Holy shit!
It must be a very interesting character.’
But I didn’t really have to think about it, because I had been playing this alien, and I had an idea of who this alien was.
What did you think of the first episode?
It was pretty crazy.
The first episode is a very emotional episode.
I mean, there are a lot of things that are going on.
There are things happening that I’m going to be a little bit scared of and be a bit nervous about, and then there’s a bunch of people around me that are talking about stuff.
The idea of having an alien go through a time travel process, and that was really cool.
What is it about the human brain that makes it so capable of being so intelligent?
Well, that is a really big question, and you can’t really answer that.
You can, however, say that it is a combination of genetic coding and some sort of biological process.
What was the first alien you saw onscreen?
I had a vision of this alien walking around on the street and suddenly going ‘Oh, my God!’
That’s kind of the moment that was very important to me, and there’s another episode that’s a bit later, and they’re walking in the streets of the future.
I think it’s about an alien from the future who has a little kid.
And there’s something about the way the little kid is walking and how they’re talking and the things that they’re saying, and the way they’re moving and how it all sounds, that’s really interesting.
How did you get involved with the show?
It got picked up by Netflix, and from there I thought, OK, I can get back to writing, because the show is pretty good.
I’m really good at writing, and so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it.
How was it to write the first two episodes of season one?
I think the first one was pretty rough.
I don’t remember much of it, but I remember the first scene was about 10 minutes long.
And it was the only scene I could remember.
What did you like about it?
I liked that the show was really, really dark, and really dark.
And I liked the idea that there was a lot going on in there, that it was all really, very intense.
I also liked that it had a really strong female character.
And, I mean that was a big deal to me when I was writing it.
And so I got a lot out of that character.
It was also funny to me.
And then, when the second episode came along, I was so excited.
I thought the second one was really funny.
And the third episode is really funny, and all the other stuff is so good, too.
How do you feel about the show becoming a bit of a cult classic?
I’m a big fan.
I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it, I’ve only seen the first couple episodes, but it’s so good that it’s hard for me to say no.
And that was always the way I liked it.
I always loved watching the show when I first watched it.
There’s this other version of it that I think is even more popular, and my version is better than that.
How much of the story does it tell?
The show is set in 2023.
That’s a very, very specific timeline.
And what does that mean?
There’s a lot that goes on in 2022, but the show also tells the story of humanity that is in 2027, so we know a lot more about that time than it did 2023, which was a bit disappointing to me because I thought that was the timeline that I was supposed to be watching the story from.
How did you end up directing the second season?
It just happened.
I was a little disappointed to see