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'Childhood's End' and 'Expanse' two ambitious journeys into the unknown on Syfy

'Childhood's End' and 'Expanse' two ambitious journeys into the unknown on Syfy

Two big new shows land on Syfy on Monday night — one a sprawling series set across the solar system, the other a three-night adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's 1953 novel of transcendent evolution, "Childhood's End." Both are ambitious; one flies, the other falters.

Adapted by Matthew Graham, who created the great fantasy procedural "Life on Mars," "Childhood's End" begins with the arrival of an extraterrestrial force. Stationed unseen in big ships above the world's big cities, it promises to take the world from war to peace, to end inequality and injustice and to do something about the weather everyone else just talks about. Whether we like it or...

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