When I first wrote about For All Mankind, it was out of duty rather than enjoyment really. This was a show about the moon with a sprinkling of feminism and couldn’t have been made more for me if it tried. I talked of how the first episode dragged and the second picked up and by the third I was hooked.
Well, I should have sensed the pattern there because every single episode that went by was better than the one before and by the tenth episode, the season finale, I was enthralled. We binge-watched the last three episodes together and I’m glad we did because the [spoiler-alert] cliffhanger with the guy in the airlock was spine-tinglingly good.
I feel like the further the show got from real history the more it could spread its wings and the better it got. I felt like there started to be fewer and fewer appearances of real life presidents (the scenes with the voiceovers of presidents real or not always made me uncomfortable) and as we got more into science fiction, I grew more comfortable.
And it seems like there’s only going to be more of that to come. The post-credits scene of the finale was eye-opening and really whet the appetite for what is to come in season two, and according to the show-runners, there’s going to be more sci-fi, more technology, more fun!
You’re going to see things that happened in real life, but happen faster and in slightly different ways. So things like the coming of the personal computer, internet, variations on communications and email and cell phones and all that. You’ll see it in a more rapid advance. And the actual models and prototypes and pieces of technology that are being used are not exactly what happened in real history… you’ll see variations on it… The further the show goes now, the more science-fiction it’s going to become. We’re getting more aggressively into areas that never happened.
I can’t wait. I also can’t quite comprehend how we are going to jump forward a decade because I understood there were seven series of this show in the mind of the creators and already we will be in the 1980s. But so much happens in a series, in a single episode even, that I don’t really mind what the timeframe is. I just want to know more of the story, more of what happens next, more of the consequences and philosophical dilemmas and scientific discoveries.
If I didn’t convince you last time to give this show a try, then please take this post as a second nudge. Try it (the first few episodes are free) and stick with it, and you will be rewarded. What an incredible ride.