In the season three finale of For All Mankind, President Ellen Wilson refers to John F. Kennedy’s famous speech urging America to pursue the moon (and other endeavors), “not because they’re easy, but because they’re difficult.” These historic words, spoken sixty years ago, are a neat encapsulation of this precise Apple TV Plus series designed in good faith to admire the wonder of people traveling into space.

Of course, show co-creator Ronald D Moore has form when it comes to highlighting the challenges of life on the last frontier. While he made a name for himself by working amongst Star Trek warp drives, transport beams, and palace spacecraft, his brilliant and bold redesign of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) made arguing over oxygen, water, and food supplies as much a part of the day – everyday life as being one step ahead of those pesky Cylons. NASA’s more optimistic approach to space exploration in For All Mankind may be light years away from the brutal BSG war, but it still cannot be denied that space travel brings with it the added thrill of danger and excitement as heroes float a glorified can in the air.

Rewriting history

Aleida Rosales (Coral Peña) and her mission control colleagues are just as vital to For All Mankind’s DNA as the astronauts. (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

However, For All Mankind is about more than just living in a hostile environment. If you haven’t yet delved into this particular jewel in the crown of the Apple TV Plus, you’re missing out because a brilliant three-season 30-episode saga awaits – and season four is already highlighted in green. The show presents a fascinating alternative story of the end of the 20th century, in which the Soviet Union defeated the United States to place the first flag on the moon in 1969.

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