For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 3 is the third instalment of the third season of a historical fantasy TV drama series streaming on Apple TV+. Created by Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), For All Mankind reimagines the space race of the 60s/70s as an alternate reality where the Soviet Union put a man on the moon before the USA. Season 3 picks up a decade after the events of season 2, meaning the setting is now 1992 – with a video montage that introduces us to this alternate milieu.
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Entitled “All In”, For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 3 goes from a ponderous set-up of several plot points to a two year jump which renders everything that laborious presented before moot! What was the point of highlight Danny Stevens’ alcoholism or Margo Madison’s treasonous sharing of American classified information to the Soviets if the series is going to simply skim right through any consequences of these plot points completely?
For this reason, For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 3 is infuriating for its total failure to engage its audience. What was the point of this episode at all? The episode could have easily started in 1994 with the launches of the three competing missions and told its story from there. It makes little narrative sense that – after a decade’s time jump at the beginning of the season itself – another time jump is necessary to simply get to the mission launches as fast as possible!
Hopefully, at least certain salient events of the two year jump will be addressed in subsequent episodes. If not, then this is the product of really sloppy writing, which for this series thus far, is a massive disappointment. Ugh.
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