A three-way race to Mars is set to take off next month with the return of the critically acclaimed “For All Mankind” and the Apple TV Plus has its first extended look.
The alternate space history series, which last season topped multiple lists as the best show of the year, is set to launch with the first of 10 new episodes on June 10. season three, which again sees the series jump forward nearly 10 years, this time in the early ’90s, with all eyes on reaching the Red Planet first.
“We’re not going to be second to anyone again,” says Margo Madison (Wrenn Schmidt), who when last seen in season two has gone from being the first female engineer in Mission Control to director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Echoing her words and playing throughout the trailer is Soundgarden’s 1994 song “Black Hole Sun”.
As set out in the show’s first episode, “For All Mankind” explores how the world might have been different if the Soviet Union had been the first country to land a human on the moon in 1969. NASA to catch up and outrun the Russians on the lunar surface as the Cold War space race got hotter and hotter.
In this new season, Mars becomes the new frontier in the ongoing competition, but not just for the opposing nations.
“Some say citizens have nothing to do with space exploration. I strongly disagree,” says Dev Ayesa (Edi Gathegi), an Elon Musk-like visionary who leads the fictional Helios Aerospace in “For All Mankind.”
In fact, the first successful commercial space launch was in 1982, but it wasn’t until 38 years later that a company, Musk’s SpaceX, flew the first astronauts in a privately operated orbital spaceflight. SpaceX is now pursuing its own plans to launch humans to Mars using its still-in-development Starship spacecraft, but it is years away from sending crews to orbit or the moon, let alone Mars.
“Being first is what matters,” says Ayesa.
As the “For All Mankind” trailer teases, the question of who will be first is just one of the challenges facing Mars-bound crews, as a massive dust storm blankets the planet and the search for water could be the key. for one or more of the missions’ success.
“My crew’s survival depends on it,” says Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman), commander of Apollo 10, Apollo 15 and the first launch of NASA’s next-generation space shuttle Pathfinder.
Other scenes in the two-minute trailer show two astronauts apparently in trouble outside a large rotating section of a spacecraft; a probe approaching the Martian surface; astronauts walking and driving a rover on Mars; and, back on Earth, NASA administrator Ellen Wilson (Jodi Balfour) winning a seat in the US Senate in 1986.
“It’s just the beginning,” says astronaut Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall), NASA’s first black astronaut and American commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, as the trailer comes to a close.
Created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore with Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert, “For All Mankind” is produced by Sony Pictures Television. For season three, Nedivi and Wolpert serve as showrunners and executive producers alongside Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions, as well as David Weddle, Bradley Thompson and Nichole Beattie.
In addition to those already nominated, “For All Mankind” cast members returning this season include Shantel VanSanten (“Karen Baldwin”), Sonya Walger (“Molly Cobb”), Cynthy Wu (“Kelly Baldwin”), Casey Johnson ( “Danny Stevens”) and Coral Peña (“Aleida Rosales”).
Catch seasons one and two of “For All Mankind” now on Apple TV Plus. Season three premieres with the first episode on June 10, followed by a new weekly episode every Friday through August 12.
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