I had planned to watch a few episodes it as a kind of preparation for something else, then do the same on other evenings, but as the episodes rolled by, well, it kept me engaged for hours - three or more in the first sitting. I'm guessing many folks would love it for a Sunday evening - except that it's also a miniseries which will entertain and inform for 3-5 evenings (with GREAT photo/videography of Mars from National Geographic).
The first few episodes are the slowest but I found that forgivable. That is, while it's a bit slow in parts (drama-wise), it's still as fast as various movies that intrigue the mind, heart, or psyche. So when the movie ('scripted drama') gets into emotional gear, and things look bleak, an insert brings up a documentary history, or an informative interview of someone who played a key part in the progress of space exploration, not just the celebrities. But those also include *the Mars astronauts* prior to their leaving for Mars, then back to the movie. In any case the cast selection and character development was certainly not lacking.
The pace is easily bearable if you're interested in the nature of exploration, the endurance of mind and/or spirit, not to mention of general stamina - which makes the brief "class time" inserts easy and interesting. And I going to guess that goes double for those with additional particular interests in space travel. Afterall, it's about connecting the present with a future reality, albeit potential reality. Also, the aspect of courage and leadership is well done, both in movie acting and otherwise emphasized, but not too preachy, not too droll.
Worst case critique: This is primarily geared as a promotion if not outright propaganda, for the idea that space (eg: re-establishing humanity on another planet) will be *the answer* to our largest scale and ever-increasingly immediate crisis here on earth, particularly referring to "Global Warming." Because some would call that plan a "geographic," an ungrounded dream-based reaction, however enticingly hyper-technecally intellectual, that ignores and distracts us from the now crushing priorities here, not to mention a diversion of resources needed for accomplishing those. While I UNDERSTAND that "MARS" [and the space effort] is very well-intentioned on the part of many, my views weigh in on the later perspective. And while I agree with one of the premises (of "MARS"), that IF we had focused on 'The Mars Mission' 50+ years ago, THEN that may have provided a solution by now, I also remind that 50 years ago we also had VERY CLEAR reasons to go the (environmentalist) conservation route that would have prevented our current crisis, or at least given us the time make the space effort much more effective. I include this paragraph as someone who watches movies, rarely tv, for relief from focus on such problems. [Ref: http://www.chalicebridge.com/VehicleEfficient.html]
And for some folks, more interested in constant dramatic action and the more primal/sensate levels of problem solving, some of the dialog will drag, and the noted inserts will just be interuptions to the already slow moving soap opera. To them I'd say it's far faster than sitcoms and many tv drama's with fast changing dialog pervading an ever-repeating plot, not to mention theme. And quote, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," as I hope you life comes to allow enough relief from stresses that you can include and accept some amount of focus on the true needs (short and long term) for healing and growth, as well as higher potentials of humanity.
Very well made immediate future space exploration fantasy. Hope the future holds more promise than this film offers.
Tense, atmospheric, stylish dramatization of the first human colony on the Red Planet. The viewer may ask whether this will be outdated in 2033, when it supposedly begins (a legitimate question since we never built anything pictured in "2001: A Space Odyssey" though much of it was being discussed while that movie was being made), but still this makes fascinating sci-fi. The interviews with scientists about current theories of planetary exploration are also interesting, and I like that the designers didn't really try to guess about the fashions popular with the earthbound population in 2033: those kinds of predictions are always laughably inaccurate. The ending comes as a complete (and happy) surprise, despite all of the hints dropped along the way. All in all, a good series.
If you are looking to fast-track your knowledge of current issues regarding Mars exploration, this combination drama/documentary is an answer. The fictionalized account, set in the 2030s, is interspersed with interviews with a range of scientists and footage from space events. The plot keeps you watching and most of the real-time information (with the exception of the section on Antarctica) is quite interesting. Season 2 has been ordered...
Interesting mix of the current state of space exploration combined with a speculative dramatization of what Mars exploration and colonization might look like and the dangers and issues that the colonizers might face.
We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard! (JFK)
Enjoyed the documentary more then the fiction story. One of the things that really annoyed me, was according to the fiction story. In the year 2035, Canada was not interested or powerful enough to be part of the international consortium that funded the Mars mission. Or field a single astronaut or scientist to be worthy of a place on the Mars project. I know it's a fictional story but they are trying to sell the show to Canadian TV stations and specialty channels. Yet not one of the people behind the show thought that by 2035 Canada might have given birth to another Chris Hatfield.
If you like your science-fiction mixed with a heavy dose of reality, you're going to love Mars (2016), the docudrama mini-series by National Geographic. The show deftly combines interviews with today's prominent businessmen, astrophysicists, and engineers, and weaves their predictions into a plausible live-action narrative about humankind's first attempt to colonize the red planet. The production is slick, informative, and highly entertaining. I binge-watched this one. I'd recommend Mars for people who enjoy TV shows like The Universe, Cosmos, and Through the Wormhole.
this didnt have audio in English,just subtitles!! i couldnt watch it and read!!
The "movie" part of this could have been shown alone and been popular. The lectures got a bit tedious, and we actually started fast-forwarding through them. Seemed the series was almost a commercial for Elon Musk. Still, I would recommend watching it (at least the movie part).
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