For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 6 is the sixth 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 “New Eden”, For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 6 depicts the beginning of Earth’s occupation of Mars split between NASA/USSR and Helios. The Americans and Russians form an uneasy alliance in the American home base while Helios – after being the second to land – also begin life on the Red Planet. There’s no disguising the disappointment of Ed Baldwin as he misses out on being first once again.
For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 6 does a good job in fermenting conflicts within both camps and amongst both sets of occupants. Danny Stevens is a walking time-bomb as becomes drug-addicted and nursing a grudge against Ed Baldwin, due to his unhealthy obsession with Karen. In the meantime, the USSR have discovered water on Mars and have struck a deal with Helios to extract said water, under the noses of NASA. And of course, the truth is revealed and nobody is pleased as a result.
The series also takes the opportunity to explore gay issues of the 1990s with Astronaut Will Tyler who comes out in a live broadcast. This, of course, presents a problem for the President Ellen Wilson – who is a closet lesbian – but resolved with the introduction of the “don’t ask – don’t tell” policy. However, as the episode ends, it appears that this issue is going to blow up for President Wilson soon enough!
For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 6 sets up the rest of the third season very well. Highly recommended!
Now streaming on AppleTV+.
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