When Amazon Prime Video wished to announce its pickup of the new season of The Expanse, the hit TV series, it chose Intel to help launch a night of science fiction wonder that felt a little like a trip to outer space. On a clear December evening in 2019, thousands of fans of the futuristic series gathered in Las Vegas to watch as hundreds Intel drones lit up the sky with images from the visionary story.
Based on the novel of the same name by authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the series is set 200 years in the future where the solar system has been colonized – but all is far from harmonious. There are warring planets, conspiracy theories, large-scale threats, and much more. Originally released in 2015 on the Syfy channel, the show was canceled after its third season. Fans quickly protested and lobbied for its return, with Amazon Prime to the rescue.
The performance, which included clips from the series projected onto Las Vegas buildings, featured images of rocket ships, Earth, Mars, the solar system, and other sci-fi icons. This much-anticipated fourth season premiere was organized in concert with Amazon Web Services’ Intersect Festival, a multi-sensory music event held annually in Las Vegas.