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'For All Mankind' enters the shuttle era in first look at Apple TV+ series' season two

The space race between the United States and Soviet Union will charge into uncharted territory — and history, based on the first look at the second season of "For All Mankind."

Creator Ronald D. Moore previewed the series' second installment during a San Diego Comic-Con@Home virtual panel that streamed Saturday (July 25) on YouTube.

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I had to sign onto Apple to watch "Greyhound" this weekend and of course had to watch this series as well (once we were done with "The Morning Show," which I thought was well written).

I thought the premise of "For all Mankind" was silly when I first read about it, but I must admit it IS better than I thought it'd be. Since this weekend, I'm currently up to them landing the Jamestown station.

Several period details surprised me. For example, when the female astronauts are going through their desert survival training, they're each wearing what appears to be Vietnam-era rucksacks and extra pouches with the correct fasteners for the era. The African-American woman astronaut's husband comes home from 'Nam in what looks like an original set of 1960s officer Class As (even though the epaulets aren't tucked under collar per uniform regs).

Not many people would have even thought of the little historical details I've noticed, which was very refreshing.

The one thing I'm really surprised over is that nobody has made replica patches for this series. I'd love to have one of those "backward meatball" NASA patches!

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Production resumed today (Aug. 18) on the second season of "For All Mankind," reports Nellie Andreeva for Deadline.
It had two episodes left to shoot from its Season 2 order when production shut down industrywide in mid-March.

I hear filming on the remaining two episodes started today on the Sony lot in Culver City.

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Apple TV+ Announces Season Two Premiere Date and New Series Regulars for Epic Space Drama 'For All Mankind'

Second season of the critically acclaimed drama series from Golden Globe Nominee and Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore will premiere Friday, February 19, 2021, Exclusively on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today [Nov. 19] unveiled that the second season of the critically acclaimed space drama "For All Mankind," will premiere globally on Friday, February 19, 2021 on Apple TV+. The ten episode second season will debut with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday, exclusively on Apple TV+.

Season two of the space drama 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. Ronald Reagan is President and 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 sites rich in resources on the moon. The Department of Defense has moved into Mission Control, and the militarization of NASA becomes central to several characters' stories: some fight it, some use it as an opportunity to advance their own interests, and some find themselves at the height of a conflict that may lead to nuclear war.

New stars set to join Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Wrenn Schmidt, Jodi Balfour, Krys Marshall and Sonya Walger in the second season include:

  • Cynthy Wu ("Holidate," "Before I Fall," "American Vandal") as 'Kelly Baldwin,' Ed (Kinnaman) and Karen's (VanSanten) adopted daughter.

  • Coral Peña ("Chemical Hearts," "The Post") as 'Aleida Rosales,' a brilliant engineer with a complicated past.

  • Casey W. Johnson ("GLOW," "Rise") as 'Danny Stevens,' the son of astronauts Gordo (Dorman) and Tracy (Jones).
"For All Mankind" explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. The series presents an aspirational world where NASA astronauts, engineers and their families find themselves in the center of extraordinary events seen through the prism of an alternate history timeline — a world in which the USSR beats the US to the moon.

The drama series is created by Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominees Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert. Moore, Nedivi and Wolpert executive produce alongside Golden Globe Award nominee Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions. "For All Mankind" is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

The complete first season of "For All Mankind" is now available to stream on Apple TV+.

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Apple TV+ has ordered a third season of "For All Mankind" from Ronald D. Moore and Sony Pictures Television, reports Deadline.
The renewal comes more than two months before the series’ Season 2 global premiere on February 19. Production on the new season is slated to begin next spring.

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Cold War heats up on the moon in 'For All Mankind' season two trailer

Space shuttles fly to the moon and astronauts take up arms in the new trailer for the second season of "For All Mankind," the alternate space history series from creator Ronald D. Moore.

The two-minute video released online on Friday (Jan. 15) sets up the stakes for the sophomore season, which is set at the height of the Cold War. The Apple TV+ series is set to return with the first of 10 new episodes streaming on Feb. 19.

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'For All Mankind: Time Capsule' AR app augments alt space history series

A new augmented reality app serves as a bridge between the first and second seasons of "For All Mankind," the Apple TV+ alternate space history series that explores what might have changed if the Soviets were the first to land a cosmonaut on the moon.

In "For All Mankind: Time Capsule," now available through the Apple App Store, users can piece through a virtual box of personal mementos belonging to Danny Stevens (played by Casey Johnson), the son of astronauts Gordo and Tracy Stevens (Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones). The app uses the iPhone's or iPad's camera to make it look as if Danny's items are in the user's own setting, such that they sit on a real desk or are inside the same room as the user.

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Meet real-life astronauts and hear from cast and creators in the For All Mankind: The Official Podcast, coming Feb. 19 to Apple Podcasts.
In "For All Mankind: The Official Podcast," the space race continues. Fans of the series and its themes can hear host Krys Marshall (Commander Danielle Poole) discuss what really goes down beyond our atmosphere with guests from the series, space experts, and former astronauts — plus never-before-heard audio that shows how astronauts achieve the impossible.

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'For All Mankind' Season 2 blasts off with nods to NASA's space shuttle past

Created by Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert, "For All Mankind" debuts its second season on Friday (Feb. 19) with the first of ten new episodes on the Apple TV+ streaming service.

Here is a spoiler-free look at some of the familiar touchstones from real space history as presented at the start of Season 2 of "For All Mankind." (The following omits any mention of plot points and focuses instead on the characters, settings and background info from only the first episode of Season 2.)

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Astronaut Garrett Reisman guest stars on 'For All Mankind' (interview)

Garrett Reisman was reviewing the script for an episode of "For All Mankind" when he came across a familiar name.

A veteran NASA astronaut who has served as a technical consultant for the Apple TV+ series since it began, Reisman was used to seeing some of his fellow space explorers being played by actors in the context of the show's alternate history. This casting was different, though.

Spoiler warning: What follows contains minor spoilers for "The Bleeding Edge," Episode 2 in Season 2 of "For All Mankind."

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'For All Mankind' FAQ: How did the space shuttle fly to the moon?

"Our shuttles need to refuel before they burn for the moon..."

That one line, from the penultimate episode of the now complete second season of "For All Mankind," seemed to answer one of, if not the most frequently asked questions about the Apple TV+ alternate space history series. The 11 words offer an explanation, however brief, for a point that was debated and discussed across multiple online communities, even though it was tangential to the series' plot lines.

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See no problem with the producers showing the shuttle orbiter flying to the moon and back. The scenario breaks no technological barrier nor laws of physics.

Don't have enough liquid oxygen onboard? Get a refill in orbit. The whole "not enough fuel" claim seemed like a lame argument years ago; and it still is. They didn't send an orbiter to the moon because they didn't want to. Period.

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The orbiter could not withstand the heat and stress of a reentry from the velocity that it would achieve returning from a lunar distance. The shuttle dry mass is more than twice that of an Apollo command and service module, it would need better heat shielding to start with.

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Okay, I figured (and get) the production cost aspect for the footage of shuttles lifitng off but sets and props — I don't buy.

The cockpit could be more easily hand waved as looking similar to the shuttle orbiter than the whole vehicle. Same with the pressure suits.

Alternate history is about confronting the weird differences. The audience would be confused by the missing shuttle? GOOD. It's an opportunity then to learn the trade offs and understand the history a little more. You could easily have a moment where characters discuss it as "what could have been" and then a diagram of the very familiar shuttle orbiter is seen sitting on a drafting board with a giant "X" through it and have a character say "we planned this, but it only would have worked in LEO."

It doesn't "break" the show for me. But I think its a missed opportunity to show the ramifications of alternate history, and frankly I think under-estimates the intelligence of the audience.

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Having watched both seasons, it's a great show. Alternate history can be sometimes 'hit or miss', but this one hits it out of the park.

The US' response to the Russian moon landing isn't that different to the response to what happened after Gagarin's flight.

Great story telling, serviceable special effects and a little splash of soap opera. Terrific television. Inverted mission patches or not.

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I enjoyed both seasons. The last two or three episodes of season 2 were pretty darn tense. I am looking forward to season 3.

I really liked the subtle things...a mix of some 21st technology in 1980's style...

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"For All Mankind" has topped lists as the best TV show of 2021.

From Rolling Stone:

The streaming era is so packed with star vehicles and series adapting popular IP that it's easy for an original show with an interesting premise that's executed at a high level to get lost in the shuffle. Let that not be the case with "For All Mankind."

The second season of Apple's unheralded sci-fi epic — set in an alternate history where the Russians put the first man on the moon and the Cold War turned into a never-ending space race — delivered the year's best, most assured, most intensely satisfying stretch of TV. As the action moved into the early Eighties and focused on tension between rival lunar bases, "For All Mankind" did what so many modern serialized dramas aspire to but rarely achieve: It told a collection of seemingly disparate stories that built in suspense and emotional resonance over the course of the season, until everything came together in a thrilling, beautiful conclusion — in this case, one that saw three simultaneous missions decide the fate of two worlds.

If the sight of duct tape does not yet cause you to instantly choke up, then you have a spectacular binge ahead of you.

From USA Today:
Apple's alternate history of the space race, which posits what might have happened had the Soviet Union beaten the U.S. to the moon and the competition for the final frontier never ended, was a smart, appealing series in its first season. In this year's second season, however, it rocketed ahead to a possible spot on a list of TV's all-time great dramas.

That's thanks to a sprawling, effortlessly talented cast led by Joel Kinnaman, a plausible alternate reality, superb writing and riveting action set pieces. The series is at its best in the second-season finale, involving a U.S.-Soviet standoff in space with the stakes of the Cuban missile crisis.

"Mankind" asks big questions and doesn't shy away from the worst tendencies of 20th-century America, all without careening into pedantic and patronizing territory. "Mankind" truly flies.

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'For All Mankind' aims for Mars as season three lands June 10 on Apple TV+

On June 10, 1995, cosmonauts aboard Russia's space station Mir relocated one of the outpost's modules in preparation for the first docking by an American space shuttle, a part of phase one of the International Space Station.

Or, on that same day, the Cold War space race between the Soviet Union and United States continued to push both countries outward, well beyond the moon, to a new planetary frontier: Mars.

The latter is the premise behind the third season of the alternate space history series "For All Mankind," which is set to premiere on June 10, 2022 on Apple TV+. The ten-part season will debut a new episode each Friday through Aug. 12.

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Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Season 3, including some new images and an interview with co-creators Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.
Each season ends with a tease of what's to come after a 10-year time jump. So how much do you all have to plan in advance for the next season?

BEN NEDIVI: Before we even started the show, Ron, Matt, and I had a game plan for how far we'll take the show — though, obviously, the plan changes year to year. The fun thing about this show is that you can jump a decade every season, so we know that tease at the end of every season kind of gives the viewers a glimpse of where we're headed. And the thing that we really wanted to focus on is the idea of this space race that we ignited in season 1 now takes us to the Red Planet. And it's Russia. It's the USSR, the U.S. — and a new entrant into the space race, a private space company.

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'For All Mankind' season 3 trailer sets up three-way space race to Mars

A three-way race to Mars is set to lift off next month with the return of the critically-acclaimed "For All Mankind" and Apple TV+ has your 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 ten new episodes on June 10. On Monday (May 16), Apple TV+ released the trailer for the third season, which again sees the series jump ahead nearly ten years, this time picking up in the early 1990s with all eyes set on reaching the red planet first.


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