Fictional battle for dominance in space between the US and Russia shifts the focus from the moon to Mars in the third season For all mankind. Ars has dubbed this relatively underrated gem “Moon Show”, and Apple TV + has released the official trailer for the show’s third release on the streaming platform.
(Some spoilers for the previous two seasons.)
Senior technology reporter Ars Andrew Cunningham chose the series for ours 2021 TV Technica list, praising his “complex, likable, memorable characters”. Creator of the series Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) tries to keep the show fairly close to reality, despite the science fiction concept, often referring to NASA’s original plans for leadership and including archival footage throughout the season. And, as Cunningham wrote last year, “his re-profiling and forgery of historical personnel fascinates both as a tool for storytelling and as a technical achievement ”.
In S1, an astronaut named Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinoman) became the commander of Apollo 10. His foil was fellow astronaut Gordo Stevens (Michael Dorman), a stereotypical drunken fighter pilot-frogman. “Apollo 10” was a “dress rehearsal” of the historic Apollo 11 landing on the moon, when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to cross the moon. But in this alternative timeline, the decision not to land on the moon with Apollo 10 meant that the Soviet Union had defeated America. Soviet astronaut Alexey Leonov instead went down in history.
During the first season, both countries found water on the moon, and America established the first lunar base in 1974, and shortly thereafter, the Soviet lunar base eight miles away. The first season ended with a difficult two-part episode, which involved the desperate launch of “Apollo-25” to conduct a mission to help and rescue “Apollo-24”. The post-caption scene, which takes place in 1983, showed the sea launch of a sea dragon rocket with a plutonium load, which was headed to the American colony of Jamestown on the moon.
The action of the second season takes place in the same period of the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In an alternate timeline of the show, the US and the Soviet Union are now fighting over which country will control the rich resources on the moon. As a result, NASA became increasingly militarized, and Baldwin became commander of a new space shuttle with nuclear power called Pathfinder.
During the season, the lunar colony of Johnstown faced massive solar flares, sabotage by Russian astronauts and a damaged nuclear reactor, which required a brave mission to repair the tape-clad space suits. (RIP of two astronauts repairing and preventing the reactor from melting but dying from vacuum.) Eventually, the threat of a complete nuclear war was neutralized, and the final scene showed a man in a spacesuit walking on the surface from Mars.
And here begins the third season. In the 1990s, the battle for space shifted to Mars, and it’s not just a race between the US and Russia. The private industry got into a fight in the form of a company called Helios. “Some say that private individuals have nothing to do with space exploration,” said Dev Ayesa (Eddie Gategi). “I strongly disagree.” (He seems to be the CEO of Helios.) But NASA is firmly and firmly in second place – “no one.”
Scientists hope to find possible signs of life and sufficient resources (such as water) to support large-scale human colonization. But such an ambitious mission rarely goes smoothly. Most notably, a massive dust storm on Mars obscures both landing sites, forcing astronauts to make a blind landing. Judging by the wild shouts of mission management in the trailer, NASA is succeeding. But if past seasons show that a successful landing is just the beginning.
The third season For all mankind premieres on Apple TV + June 10, 2022.
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