Season finale of For All Mankind…
In TV/movies that try to be somewhat realistic representations of science fiction (i.e. not Star Trek, Star Wars, BSG, etc.), I’ve never really been a fan of the “hit the bullseye from really far away in space just by eyeballing it” trope. Hated it in Gravity, didn’t love it in The Martian. At least the ships were flying in relatively close formation in this episode, but still… “I’m going to shove this fuel tank a few hundred feet to the other ship while in orbit and it’s definitely not going to miss by an insurmountable distance.” Even though Ed couldn’t dock with them, he could’ve reduced the margin of error quite a bit just by getting closer. But, drama!
That said, I thought it was a good finale. With the reflection of Jamestown in the cosmonaut’s visor, they sure did a head-fake to him sabotaging the base after Ed took off. I kept waiting for something to happen to Ellen during her interview.
AND, stay tuned through the end credits because…
the blastoff of the new booster from the ocean was fucking badass.
Series looks like it’s jumping forward to at least the early/mid-80s and they’re launching nuclear fuel into space now, so things figure to look less and less like our own history in season 2. Found an interview with Ron Moore where he said that all of the core characters will be back and that the US/Soviet conflict in space is going to be cranked up quite a bit.