For All Mankind S02E08 is the eighth instalment of the 2nd 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 resulting in continued focus on space well into the 1980s.
Entitled “And Here’s To You”, For All Mankind S02E08 carries the ominous tone of impending calamity for our ensemble of characters as the Cold War heats up. The escalation of hostilities seems inevitable as the USA and the USSR compete for dominance in space and on the Moon. From the arming of the Pathfinder space shuttle to the first shots fired on the Moon, it is clear that a Cold War showdown is inevitable.
Of course, in order to keep audience engagement and investment at the highest levels, our large cast of characters will continue to face difficulties as they make decisions and take actions to fulfil their dramatic needs. For this episode, it appears that Gordo Stevens is making good on his promise to win back his ex-wife Tracey as the couple find themselves reunited on the Moon and working together.
Elsewhere, there are developments with Karen Baldwin and young Danny Stevens in an (unnecessary) May-December romance, Kelly Baldwin locating her birth father, Molly Cobb facing dire health issues, Aleida Rosales bonding with Bill Strasser and Margo Madison dealing with the increased influence of the Department of Defence in NASA matters.
Not so sure that these various sub-plots provide anything of value with respect to keeping the series interesting to an audience. Whether the audience cares about any of what we listed out above is debatable at this point. That all said, the final two episodes of the season will probably focus on the Cold War conflict and how it all plays out and impacts our beloved characters. Well, it has to, if not the season might peter out weakly.
Now streaming on AppleTV+.
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