Apple TV Plus released the first trailer for season 3 of the critically acclaimed alternate history, science fiction series, For All Mankind. The premise of the series asks what would happen if the United States hadn’t landed on the moon first, Russia did. The first season examines the defeated morale of NASA and the United States. To get the country energized about space again, NASA develops a female astronaut training program, including minorities. Innovation in technology also speeds up.
Season 2 of For All Mankind jumps ahead to 1983. Both the United States and the USSR have built moonbases and their relationship continues to be as cold as space. The Soviets invade the United States’ Jamestown moonbase and two American astronauts, Gordo (Michael Dorman) and Tracy Stevens (Sarah Jones) die while preventing a Cherynobly type of disaster on the moon. At the same time, astronaut Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall) is orbiting the Earth for a publicity stunt. She’s to shake hands with a Soyuz astronaut. After the States put the kibosh on the event, she does it anyway and in the process, preserves world peace for a bit. NASA’s Margo Madison (Wrenn Schmidt) finds herself unwittingly spying for the USSR and NASA administrator and former astronaut Ellen Wilson (Jodi Balfour) sacrifices her relationship with a woman so she can climb the political ladder. The final shot of the season 2 finale shows a human in a spacesuit walking on Mars giving viewers a glimpse of what is to come in season 3.
Season 3 once again jumps ahead, this time to the 90s. The Red Planet becomes the new goal of the Space Race not only for the US and the Soviet Union, but also an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake. Our characters find themselves going head-to-head as their ambitions for Mars come into conflict and their loyalties are tested, creating a pressure cooker that builds to a climactic conclusion.
In addition to Balfour, Marshall and Schmidt, the returning cast includes Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Sonya Walger, Cynthy Wu, Casey Johnson and Coral Peña along with new series regular Edi Gathegi, who will play Dev Ayesa, a charismatic visionary with his sights set on the stars.
For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore, and Emmy Award nominees Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert. Nedivi and Wolpert serve as showrunners, and executive produce alongside Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions, as well as David Weddle, Bradley Thompson and Nichole Beattie. For All Mankind is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
The first two seasons of For All Mankind are currently streaming on Apple TV Plus. Season 3 drops on June 10th.