Why Aren’t More People Watching ‘For All Mankind’?

The science fiction collection For All Mankind, which lately wrapped up its fourth season on Apple TV+, explores an alternate timeline during which the United States and the Soviet Union set up a Mars colony within the Nineteen Nineties. Science fiction editor John Joseph Adams was impressed with the collection’ high quality and ambition.

“It’s a fantastic show,” Adams says in Episode 560 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “It’s definitely one of the best science fiction shows ever, and everyone should definitely watch it.”

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that For All Mankind is a first-rate work of science fiction. “It’s one of the only shows on television that presents the idea that the future could be better, and humanity could progress, that competence and intellect and trying to make the world a better place could actually work, and could actually have a positive impact,” he says.

For All Mankind has acquired robust opinions, however to this point the present hasn’t attracted the form of viewers it deserves. Screenwriter Rafael Jordan thinks the present’s revolutionary idea—an alternate historical past story that unfolds over many years—could be a bit too difficult to speak to potential viewers. “There seems to be a lack of awareness about what the show is exactly,” he says. “I’ll admit I was late to the show. I don’t think I started watching until Season 2, because I didn’t really realize what it was.”

Writer Sara Lynn Michener hopes the present attracts sufficient viewers to proceed by its deliberate seven-season arc. “A lot is asked of the viewers in this show, and I actually really like that,” she says. “But it also causes me to be concerned that we’re not going to get the seven seasons that we deserve.”

Listen to the whole interview with John Joseph Adams, Rafael Jordan, and Sara Lynn Michener in Episode 560 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue under.

Sara Lynn Michener on Dev Ayesa:

They had so many choices when it comes to “let’s explore the tech bro.” They may have gone the Silicon Valley technique, they might have made it this ridiculous character, they might have made it an clearly evil character. But they made it a minority character who has a genuinely fascinating backstory and a genuinely fascinating character. He exudes confidence and peace and knowledge, on this actually scary means. So there are scary facets to the character, for positive, and also you’re form of questioning on a regular basis, “Is he evil or is he good?” … And the result’s that this seems like a way more regular, far more lifelike character.

John Joseph Adams on Seasons 3 and 4:

I really feel like Seasons 1 and a pair of had been largely good, and I actually struggled to provide you with criticisms, however with Seasons 3 and 4 I undoubtedly discovered it straightforward to provide you with criticisms. I really feel just like the science fiction/area facets are nonetheless good, however then the drama aspect of issues, I felt like that’s the place it isn’t nearly as good, virtually like they’d the identical crew who was engaged on the entire speculative stuff, however they’ve a unique crew that’s engaged on the drama stuff. I imply, I don’t think about they’ve separate groups for that, however that’s what it sort of feels like.

Rafael Jordan on Season 5:

I used to be capable of attend a Season 4 finale screening right here in LA, which was implausible, they usually did discuss future seasons a bit. They undoubtedly have full confidence that they’re going to see it by. I don’t suppose they’ve gotten the official phrase but, however they’re undoubtedly shifting ahead. … During the Q&A [Joel Kinnamon] went on at size concerning the [old age makeup]. At one level, after he’s simply gone on about how arduous it was to undergo, he’s like, “Oh my god, I just realized I’m going to have to do it all again next season.” There was a second the place I believe the producers had been like, “You just told everyone you’re definitely going to be back for the whole season.”

David Barr Kirtley on science fiction:

One of the explanations I actually appreciated Season 4 a lot is as a result of it confirmed these science fiction issues that I grew up studying about, like asteroid mining and Martian colonies—lifelike Martian colonies, not like Total Recall Martian colonies—that you just simply don’t actually see a lot in movie and TV, the extra grounded form of issues like that. … People say, “It’s just like The Expanse.” Well no, it’s like this complete custom of science fiction that had all this stuff. Maybe should you primarily watch motion pictures and TV, that’s your closest reference level, however they’re each drawing on this actually lengthy custom.

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