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The second season of popular Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind" launched today, with the first episode now available to watch on all devices where the Apple TV app or web access is available.


Developed and written by Ronald D. Moore, "For All Mankind" is a science fiction series that imagines what the world might have been like if the global space race had never ended and the space program had remained a priority in the United States.

Season two of "For All Mankind" picks up in 1983, which is jump of a decade after the first season. It's the height of the cold war, with the U.S. and the USSR fighting over 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.
Prior to the launch of the second season of "For All Mankind," Apple released a special "Time Capsule" augmented reality app that let users uncover memories from "For All Mankind" astronauts Gordo and Tracy Stevens in the decade between season one and season two.
Join Danny, teenage son of astronauts Gordo & Tracy Stevens, as he examines interactive keepsakes full of details about life, love, and the world of For All Mankind. Every object tells a story: a simple mixtape unveils how young love first began. A home computer holds the secrets to the teens' changing lives. And items as ordinary as a newspaper and answering machine shed light on impactful events in the lives of Gordo and Tracy Stevens, revealing more about the alternate world of For All Mankind and what's coming in season 2.
Apple also this week launched "For All Mankind: The Official Podcast," which will discuss the series as season two progresses. Hosted by Krys Marshall, who plays Commander Danielle Poole, the podcast will feature space experts, former astronauts, and "For All Mankind" cast and creators.

"For All Mankind" stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones, and Jodi Balfour.

Article Link: Season 2 of 'For All Mankind' Now Available on Apple TV+
 

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Ok, I enjoyed the first half of S1 but lost its way into is it a drama about 50's housewives or intrepid Astronauts? I have faith that this will have found some form. Looking forward to checking it out.

what? Yeah sorry death of a child kinda does that. It’s filler if you only want action but it was a great prep for meeting “Ivan” right?!!

yeah gonna start this after work mediation and working out tomorrow
 

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what? Yeah sorry death of a child kinda does that. It’s filler if you only want action but it was a great prep for meeting “Ivan” right?!!

yeah gonna start this after work mediation and working out tomorrow

I agree with him, that is filler. I never got around to finishing season 1 at that point in the show. Its not what i watch sci-fi for. Same thing with The First on Hulu and Away on Netflix. Both of those focussed more on the family drama of parents leaving for mars missions, and not surprisingly.... both got cancelled after the first season.
 

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I agree with him, that is filler. I never got around to finishing season 1 at that point in the show. Its not what i watch sci-fi for. Same thing with The First on Hulu and Away on Netflix. Both of those focussed more on the family drama of parents leaving for mars missions, and not surprisingly.... both got cancelled after the first season.
For real. I’m tired of Apple releasing these housewife dramas
 
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Found today’s episode to be a little boring - I feel like I’ve seen the ”eek! Protons!” thing a million times before in other science fiction shows. Hopefully it’ll get in a groove as the season progresses.
 

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Kinda surprising they are jumping a decade considering the pacing of S1, I couldn't quite decide whether I enjoyed S1 or not.
 

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Ok, I enjoyed the first half of S1 but lost its way into is it a drama about 50's housewives or intrepid Astronauts? I have faith that this will have found some form. Looking forward to checking it out.
Well, astronauts have families, so should their kids and wifes/husbands be left out out of the picture? It seems pretty logical to show how the ones at home are doing. It isn’t like you don’t notice if your father or mother leaves for a long time.
 
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joecomo

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Let us hope this lasts for a couple of seasons more.
I really like this dichotomy between the pessimistic
global setting (strong east-west antagonism) and the
progress created by this tension ... that is really a
great narrative setup.
 

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Well, astronauts have families, so should their kids and wifes/husbands be left out out of the picture? It seems pretty logical to show how the ones at home are doing. It isn’t like you don’t notice if your father or mother leaves for a long time.

That is what I liked about the Apollo 13 episode in From the Earth to the Moon (Wikipedia) miniseries - since the Apollo 13 movie had recently been released, the mini-series episode focused on the events back on Earth, including the families of the astronauts.

It made for a great contrast with the movie, plus it would have been hard to outdo the movie in a 60 minute episode.
 
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Most people, even those who were alive and in the US in the 1960’s don’t know much about the behind the scenes reality of the space programs in the US and the USSR. Many weren’t born yet and don’t even know the official public versions of the stories, let alone the reality of whatever happened.

So a series that wants to tell an alternative version of events has a fundamental problem in that most of the audience doesn’t know enough of the official versions to see the contrasts between this show and those versions.

I refrain from saying “between this version and what actually happened” because I don’t think an accurate version of what happened has ever been attempted. But I would be much more interested in a series that tried to tell the unvarnished story than an alternate universe re-telling.
 
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Freida

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I hate this "one episode a week" approach. It drives me mad so I will have to wait for it to be all out before I start watching. I want to watch on my schedule and not on theirs. Thats why I prefer Netflix way of releasing stuff.
Anyway, first Mankind was not bad but the second (just looking at the trailer) looks like awful patriotic nonsense.
Lets see how it goes but it doesn't look good
 
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Ok, I enjoyed the first half of S1 but lost its way into is it a drama about 50's housewives or intrepid Astronauts? I have faith that this will have found some form. Looking forward to checking it out.
WTH. The second half of the season was way more interesting than the first half.. since much of it actually took place in space or on the moon.
 
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Ok, I enjoyed the first half of S1 but lost its way into is it a drama about 50's housewives or intrepid Astronauts? I have faith that this will have found some form. Looking forward to checking it out.
Eh, just part of the story and accurate for the time. There were actual barriers to be overcome by women back then and although it wasn't my favourite part of the series I can see why it was important to the story. It was a part it didn't dominate and all become about girl power and how girls rule and men suck, be thankful about that.
 
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Captain Trips

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But I would be much more interested in a series that tried to tell the unvarnished story than an alternate universe re-telling.
Try the following. They don't cover the entire space program histories and they focus on the US / NASA programs, but they are good at what they cover:
  • The Right Stuff (book and movie). Mostly the US test pilot program and the Mercury space program.
  • From the Earth to the Moon (mini-series). Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs.
  • Apollo 13 (movie). The Apollo 13 mission.
There are probably some good documentaries, but this is what I can think of off the top of my head.
 
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Sam Squanch

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I hate this "one episode a week" approach. It drives me mad so I will have to wait for it to be all out before I start watching. I want to watch on my schedule and not on theirs. Thats why I prefer Netflix way of releasing stuff.
Agreed... I hope that this is because Apple doesn't have a lot of shows and it can pad things out and keep people coming back week after week for whatever reason. I really, really hope this isn't a permanent thing. I haven't watched any of the new seasons solely because I'm waiting for them all to "drop." So I can watch them at my leisure and how I like to.
 
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