For All Mankind S2: Come for the alternative space timeline, stay for the character drama [Interview]
If I had to split For All Mankind into two primary genres, I’m not sure how much would be science fiction and how much would be drama. The series is like candy for space fans who dream of a world dominated by advances in space exploration, yet it’s the storylines of the main characters that makes the second season so juicy. Regardless of how you categorize the series, the second season should be more than satisfactory for fans of For All Mankind on Apple TV+.
The sophomore season of Ronald Moore’s For All Mankind dramatic sci-fi series premieres on Apple TV+ later this month. In anticipation of the second season, 9to5Mac spent some time chatting with the cast and creators of one of Apple’s flagship shows.
The season opens with a montage of news coverage that sets the stage for a decade jump forward since the final episode of the first season. John Lennon narrowly avoided assassination, Ronald Reagan is the new US president, and NASA has an established base on the Moon called Jamestown. Meanwhile, Russia has also settled on the Moon, and lunar dominance fuels the Cold War in the late 80s and early 90s portrayed in the series.
The season sprinkles in plot points that play like trivia for space history buffs, but with the added delight of being fictitious.
NASA’s Space Shuttle program is so successful that Kennedy Space Center launches from Launch Complex 39C, and the Apollo program is nearing its 100th mission. In reality, NASA’s Launch Complex 39 only had two launchpads during the Apollo and Shuttle eras, and Apollo 17 was the final Moon mission under the lunar program.