Apple TV+ has released a trailer for the third season of For All Mankind, one of the best shows to come out of streaming and (weirdly) highly underrated.
The show is an alternate take on the space race based on the fact the USSR landed on the moon first. This ultimately sets up the series as if the space race never actually ended as the US and Russia continued for decades to claim parts of the moon for mining etc.
I’ll tell you exactly why this show is underrated. It is because some idiot at Apple TV decided to market it as if it was a feminist PR drive. The trailers made it look as if women had to take over the space race after the men failed to beat the USSR. It’s nothing like that at all.
In fact, it shows how NASA had their hand forced to recruit women in more senior and important roles out of desperation to compete with the Russians. What’s also great about it, unlike the dross we usually get from Hollywood, is that the women don’t act like men in order to compete.
In fact, it shows us that men and women are polar opposites but together are a perfect balance. The case can be made that For All Mankind shows us that, when both of the two genders available are left to their own natural instincts, we can achieve truly great things.
Mars And Billionaires
The first season focused on the space program from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s. The second season was set in the mid-’80s. Judging by the use of Soundgarden in the trailer, the third season should kick off in the greatest decade the world has ever seen, the ’90s.
The space program of this alternate ’90s is more like the space program now in 2022, complete with the involvement of big tech billionaires.
The official description:
“In season three, the Red Planet becomes the new frontier in the Space Race not only for the U.S. and the Soviet Union, but also an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake. Our characters find themselves going head-to-head as their ambitions for Mars come into conflict and their loyalties are tested, creating a pressure cooker that builds to a climactic conclusion.”
Look, I’m not going to lie. This show does have a little bit of messaging behind it at times but it’s minimal and not enough to put you off. I absolutely love this show and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
For All Mankind is from creator Ronald D. Moore who gave us some great Star Trek and the incredible updated Battlestar Galactica, so it’s in good hands. The series returns Friday, June 10, when it will launch 10 weekly episodes.