The first season of For All Mankind, which has a solid team behind its creation as we get a new alternate history series focusing on the space race in the 1960s, was fantastic. It wasn’t a surprise that it got a second season pickup from Apple TV+ as they want to show their commitment to their launch shows but this one delivered across the board.
Apple TV+ previously revealed that the second season will debut on February 19th, 2021 and with that just about a month away, they’ve now dropped a new featurette for it where it gets some blurbs from both creators and actors within it, showing off a lot of new material as well. This series just delivers something really great for alt-history nuts like I am and with a look at the space race over the decades as we move from the 60s and 70s to the 80s.
We learned back in November 2020 that Apple TV+ had renewed the series for a third season which they expect to go into production in spring 2021. It’s a surprising commitment but one that makes sense in line with their early renewal of Dickinson in the same way and that there are a good bit of special effects work here that makes it a longer shoot.
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, it stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Wrenn Schmidt and Jodi Balfour.
Plot Concept: 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.
Season 2 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 Americans 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.
First Season Teaser: