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Prior to the release of the second season of "For All Mankind," Apple today announced that it has already renewed the series for a third season. Season 2 of the show is set to premiere on Friday, February 19, 2021.

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"For All Mankind" has proven to be one of Apple's more popular Apple TV+ shows. It explores what might have happened if the global space race had never ended in an alternate history where the USSR beats the United States to the moon. The story is told through the lives of NASA astronauts and their families, who are at the center of extraordinary events.

Filming on season two resumed back in August after it was put on hold earlier this year. At that time, there were two episodes left for the cast to shoot.

The second season of "For All Mankind" picks up in 1983, a decade after the first season. At the height of the Cold War, tensions between the United States and USSR are at their peak. Reagan is president and the US and USSR are fighting over the resources available on the moon.
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.
There are 10 episodes of the show in the second season and there are several new cast members including Cynthy Wu, Coral Peña, and Casey W. Johnson, who will join the season one cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, and Jodi Balfour.

Article Link: Apple Renews 'For All Mankind' for a Third Season
 

Ar40

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YESSSSSSS!!!! YESSSS!!!! I FRIGGIN LOVED THIS SHOW!!!! 5 Seasons!! Please lay it on me, Ronald D. Moore. The end of S1, especially the tension with the cosmonaut hearkened back to Breaking Bad level tension. Very exciting news. Yessir. :D
 

jefish

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what might have happened if the global space race had never ended in an alternate history

whut?
 

MiniApple

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Great news!
Even if at times it was a bit soapy I love the "space exploration - What if".
Production value is really good too, looks awesome.
Even learned a few things about the real space race too.

Wonder if they eventually go from the alternate past into an alternate future beyond 2020, time wise.
 

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I really wanted to like this show but it’s just so dull. And the premise, “What if America had lost the space race?” might be an interesting thought experiment, but it isn’t all that interesting in practice. The actual space race was way more entertaining. This show is like an answer to a question nobody asked.
 

LonestarOne

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The series started out okay but became more unbelievable as the season went on. The closer a science-fiction series is to the present day, the less leeway you have. You can take some liberties, like creating composite astronauts, but there’s no way an Apollo spacecraft that was already in lunar orbit could divert a planned equatorial landing to the poles — and no way the micromanagers at mission control would give a crew the authority to make that decision even if it were possible.

There was also too much domestic soap-opera stuff mixed in.

I hope the next season gets back on track. I will say this, though — despite its problems, the series was much better than the “Right Stuff” knockoff on the National Geographic Channel.
 

MisterAndrew

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I enjoyed the first two seasons, but they try to create too much drama by having the characters make way too many stupid unrealistic mistakes. Maybe not quite as bad as Netflix's Away though. In that show in reality they really would have not drilled through the ship. They would have limited how far the drill can go in. It was so unbelievably not believable. Get it together Hollywood. Your audience isn't that dumb. I hope...

Also way too much drinking in this show. Nobody drinks that much. I mean, well, they shouldn't. It's giving a bad message to the audience.
 

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I hope the next season gets back on track. I will say this, though — despite its problems, the series was much better than the “Right Stuff” knockoff on the National Geographic Channel.
Doesn't "The Right Stuff" more or less follow actual history (sort of along the lines of "From the Earth to the Moon" or some other similar shows) rather than the fictional alternate history of "For All Mankind"?
 

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This is the best show on Apple TV+. Yeah, some preaching at the start, but not too bad and definitely a good show.
Really hard to rank this as the best show when you have Ted Lasso and The Morning Show competing for that top slot. So many good shows on TV+ it's hard to rank them.
 
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Ar40

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Great news!
Even if at times it was a bit soapy I love the "space exploration - What if".
Production value is really good too, looks awesome.
Even learned a few things about the real space race too.

Wonder if they eventually go from the alternate past into an alternate future beyond 2020, time wise.
The CGI was movie quality. The moon and spaceships were absolutely top notch. That helped create deep immersion.
 

Ar40

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Six seasons and a movie!!
Totally agree with that. I would love 6+ (See Community, Dan Harmon. Nice reference.)

Ronald D. Moore said something in an interview about having 5 seasons planned out, so I'm hoping he gets to fulfill his script plan. I am so thrilled that Apple isn't pulling Netflix and canceling shows early. It looks like Apple will be giving many seasons to their shows, and that makes me very happy. I have a hard time committing to a show that I know won't be given a chance to breath, see Netflix.
 

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I don't feel as though this show would be very plausible even in the 90s it was nearly impossible to get a flight position as a female in the 80s you could not fly armed before that getting jet engine experience outside of the commercial sector would be highly unlikely. Not only that but I am sure there would be a lot of issues at the time with a minority going to space as well. I tried for an 11F position a decade ago and ended up in cyber after not being selected I know I outperformed some of my male colleagues that got it and I am still salty over it if you couldn't tell lol.
 
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