Recommended: For All Mankind Season 3 on Apple TV+
What's new in Season 3?
The acclaimed alt-history of the space race between the Soviets and the Americans leaps forward to the 1990s, as both countries strive to be the first to settle Mars. Now, however, the two countries have competition.
Who are the new and noteworthy characters?
Season 3 prominently foregrounds female characters. Key players include:
Why (and to whom) do we recommend it?
If you aren't yet on the For All Mankind rover, and you like good story-driven drama, then get on board. Season 3 is poised to be one of the TV events of the summer, and since there are only 20 episodes in the first two seasons, you've got time to get caught up while Apple TV+ is still dropping new installments.
Some of the best science fiction is less about technology and more about how humans respond to stresses brought on by changes in their environment. For All Mankind tackles this theme on a macro scale, showing the pressure Americans are under to step up their space game. But the show also goes small, depicting how national expectations roil the lives of those on the inside. While this dimension of the series isn't as strong as its alt-history, this is still a project by Ronald D. Moore, who set the space opera standard with the revival of Battlestar Galactica. To that end, every episode usually has some crisis that raises the stakes for the characters and draws us into their stories.
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TOPICS: For All Mankind, Apple TV+, Ben Nedivi, Edi Gathegi, Jodi Balfour, Joel Kinnaman, Krys Marshall, Matt Wolpert, Ronald D. Moore, Shantel VanSanten, Wrenn Schmidt