At the end of For All Mankind’s third season, President Ellen Wilson references John F Kennedy’s famous speech encouraging America to fight for the moon (and other endeavors), “not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” These historic words, spoken six decades ago, are a pure encapsulation of that genuine precision of the Apple TV Plus series designed to marvel at the miracle of humans traveling into outer space.

Of course, the show’s co-creator, Ronald D Moore, has form when it comes to emphasizing the challenges of life on the final frontier. While he made a name for himself working among Star Trek’s warp engines, transport beams and palatial ships, his brilliant and daring reinvention of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) ensured that disputes over oxygen, water and food supplies were part of the day. everyday life like staying one step ahead of those pesky Cylons. NASA’s most optimistic and optimistic approach to space exploration in For All Mankind may be light years from the BSG war base, but there’s still no denying that space travel comes with an extra frisson of danger and excitement when the protagonists are floating. a glorified can.

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

However, there is more to For All Mankind than simply staying alive in a hostile environment. If you haven’t delved into this particular jewel in the Apple TV Plus crown, you’re missing out, because a brilliant three-season, 30-episode saga awaits you – and a fourth season has already been greenlit. The show imagines a compelling alternate history of the late 20th century, in which the Soviet Union beat the United States to plant the first flag on the Moon in 1969.