For All Mankind Season 3 has been all concerning the race to Mars. Within the Apple TV+‘s alternate timeline, NASA finds itself in a tense three-way battle with the USSR and personal firm Helios to land on the crimson planet first. On this week’s episode of For All Mankind, “Seven Minutes of Terror,” we lastly discover out which nation — and extra importantly, which For All Mankind character — lands on Mars first. Spoilers, however the win all comes all the way down to good timing, and the win goes to our lady Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall).
At the beginning of For All Mankind Season 3, we noticed that the upper ups at NASA — Margo Madison (Wrenn Schmidt) and Molly Cobb (Sonja Walger) — had fiercely completely different concepts of who ought to command NASA’s first mission to Mars. Margo needed it to be Danielle, on account of her calm head and scientific experience. Molly, however, thought it needs to be the hot-headed, however skilled take a look at pilot Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman). The final word resolution led to a break throughout the group, with Molly being fired for giving Ed the seat with out oversight and Ed becoming a member of Helios’s rival launch. However ultimately, Dani not solely acquired the command; she acquired to step foot on Mars first (along with her Soviet freeloader).
For All Mankind co-executive producer Ronald D. Moore advised Decider that they knew Dani would get the distinction of stepping on Mars first “very early” within the writing course of.
“We knew the season was about Mars and attending to Mars, a lot like the primary episode, you begin speaking about, ‘Effectively…who’s gonna command that mission?’” Moore mentioned. “It felt like Ed and Dani, throughout the realm of the present, they have been definitely the 2 main candidates. And we begin to say, ‘Effectively, let’s have NASA debate that as properly.’”
“It felt prefer it was proper that it needs to be Dani, simply within the lengthy and the wanting it as we went via the assorted choices, that felt like the fitting alternative for the present to make.
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Actress Krys Marshall mentioned that she felt that Danielle’s journey on For All Mankind has been “actually sympatico” along with her personal.
“I got here into the present such a fledgling in some ways. I’ve by no means been on a present that ran for this lengthy, I’ve by no means accomplished one thing that was such complicated themes. I really feel like me and Dani grew up collectively in so some ways,” Marshall mentioned. “We’re watching her discover a approach to create an area for herself and I felt like I used to be doing the identical factor in my expertise on the present.”
“In order that picture of Danielle strolling into the classroom and peeping over to Tracy (Sarah Jones) [in Season 1] and being like, ‘Hello, good to fulfill you!’ to now being this commander, this head chick in cost, the one who’s accountable for lots of what we’re doing on this Mars mission…I feel these seeds have been in Danielle your complete time.”
As a result of NASA’s Sojourner lands first on Mars, you’ll suppose that Dani would robotically get the distinction of stepping foot first on the planet. Nonetheless, her USSR companions produce other plans. What occurs is she and Captain Grigory Kuznetsov (Lev Gorn) get right into a hilariously petty combat to step on Mars first, one that appears like a triumph of diplomacy to folks far-off on Earth.
Because it occurs, Marshall remains to be somewhat labored up concerning the second. When Decider referred to Danielle Poole as “one of many first” folks to set foot on Mars, Marshall mentioned, “What do you imply ‘considered one of’? She’s the primary! She’s the primary!”
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Marshall additionally argued that Danielle’s aggressive streak isn’t something new, however fairly part of the character that’s at all times been there.
“Danielle is hard. I feel that all through the seasons, we see a really diplomatic model of her,” Marshall mentioned, recalling the best way Dani took her sister-in-law’s criticisms of her “on the chin” in Season 2. “We see a really fixed, very stoic model of Danielle.”
“However you additionally keep in mind that this is identical lady who actually mentioned on the finish of Season 2, you guys higher ship up these coordinates for us to dock until you need us to crash into one another on nationwide tv. She is completely capable of take cost and be aggressive and be a pacesetter in that approach.”
“So after we see conduct with shoving ‘Kuz’ out of the best way so she will be the primary individual on Mars, I feel it’s completely consistent with who she is.”
And who’s Danielle Poole? Effectively, throughout the world of For All Mankind, she’s the primary individual to stroll on Mars.