The first trailer for Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore's Apple TV+ series has arrived, and this new series marks a return to space for the famed television writer. Take a look at the first trailer for For All Mankind, which recalls a very important bit in world history with a tweaked premise that should make for a riveting series.
As seen in the trailer, For All Mankind takes place in an alternate reality where it was the Soviet Union, and not the United States, that landed on the moon first. This sets the stage for America to attempt to one-up the Communist nation almost immediately, with one official looking character declaring the start of a mission to Mars well before the idea was seriously considered in actual world history.
It doesn't stop there either, as there's talk about heading to Saturn and other planets as well. It's all based on an alternate reality in which the space race never ended. Early descriptions of the series stated For All Mankind will explore how that would affect the world. One thing evident is that a lot of Americans are pissed off at the U.S.S.R's success, as evidenced by the anger of the man holding America's plate intended to be placed on the moon.
Things really go from zero to a hundred after that, as successive shots show that America does eventually make it to the moon and intends to go well beyond it. There's talk of a moon base, lunar water, and how the race is "far from over." For All Mankind's trailer seems to be primarily told from an American perspective, although the global space race continuing would imply the U.S.S.R. and possibly others will continue to be players in the series.
One other interesting bit that may have slid past casual observers are the multiple shots of women astronauts. Assuming that For All Mankind takes place around the same time as the actual moon landing, those women astronauts are about a decade too early by traditional history standards. Either women worked their way into space travel a lot faster in this alternate reality, or Season 1 may cover a longer stretch of time beyond the late '60s and early '70s.
It all feels like a grounded start to what could be a fantastic science-fiction series. Most series like Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek skip past these baby steps and go into the deep future where traveling at warp speed and other things have already been worked out. Is that where For All Mankind will eventually head, or will it stick to this grounded alternate reality take on history?