For All Mankind is one of the best space related series that I’ve ever seen (so far). And I don’t say that lightly. Season one starts in an alternative version of 1969, where the Soviet Union beats the United States to the Moon. Season two continues the space race a decade later with still grander challenges and goals.
After Season one’s amazing reviews, For All Mankind‘s sophomore season isn’t without its hiccups. But focused and compelling character work helps the viewer connect more to the characters, me included. I didn’t get Sonya Walger‘s Molly in the first season. She seemed out of place. But in this season, I fell in love with Molly.
Season two picks up a decade later in 1983. It’s the height of the Cold War and tensions between the United States and the USSR are at their peak. The greater ambitions of science and space exploration are at threat of being squandered as the US and Soviets go head-to-head to control resources on the moon. From a potential nuclear war on earth to a gun fight and potential nuclear war on the moon.
Even though the first half focuses more on the human side than the space story itself, the second half of the season makes it all worth it. Especially if you’re watching in 4K. Those space visuals and effects make me want to jump into animation again and take a VFX course. Sometimes, it felt like I was able to touch the moon. I was there!
Should you watch it?
Even if you’re not a space buff, or a fan of the “alternative timeline” kind of shows, For All Mankind makes it worth it to keep watching. Season two takes the foundation set in the first season and adds a lot of humanity, space, and action scenes to it. And best of all? We’re going to Mars in Season 3!
Where can I watch it?
You can stream For All Mankind Seasons one and two exclusively on AppleTV+.