For All Mankind S04E02 1080p WEB-DL DD5.1 x265
As a big space and scifi fan this show initially excited me. Great alternate history of the US space program envisage by (former Nazi) von Braun continuing to receive massive funding from Congress, staying on the moon, going to Mars etc. And when the script focuses upon these key engineering and human achievements, it excels, pulling the user into the problem solving they must undertake to get through the various deadly environments outside of Earth. The drama between the Soviet Union and US is very well done, with some great espionage subplots. Where this show badly misses the mark is in misunderstanding its key audience, namely space fans like me, by spending endless amounts of time in millenial touchy-feely dialog about relationships (and yes, I'll say it, a HUGE amount of time on completely irrelevant-to-the-core-theme-of-space-flight LGBT issues). As more seasons have gone on, I have found myself hitting the FFWD button on my remote more and more. It's a shame that so much time is lost in ticking diversity boxes rather than focusing on the key engineering and human decision-making that is the core of space flight. But in this day and age of box-ticking, I guess one should never get ones hopes much about anything in TV these days. Overall a 7/10, because, despite these irritations, when it sticks to the main plot, it excels.
- Joel Kinnaman
- Michael Dorman
- Wrenn Schmidt