For All Mankind goes out with a bang in season 3 finale [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

Apple TV+ space opera/soap opera For All Mankind closes its confounding third season this week by introducing us to a new character and a new geopolitical rival for the beleaguered space crews. In this week’s season three finale, entitled “Stranger in a Strange Land,” Ed Baldwin learns Danny’s terrible secret. Jimmy Stevens hangs out with … Read more

Mars is getting monotonous on For All Mankind [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

For All Mankind holds a few cliffhangers up its sleeve in season 3’s penultimate episode, but first it must deal with its soapy dilemmas. Ellen and Larry are in the hot seat, Kelly Baldwin’s baby is coming along ahead of schedule, Aleida Rosales is all out of heroes, Karen and Dev might switch jobs — … Read more

For All Mankind faces disaster in ‘The Sand of Ares’ [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

For All Mankind has a Martian crisis on its hands this week’s episode, “The Sand of Ares.” Ed and Danny are trapped, Danielle has to come get them, and Karen, Jimmy, and Amber wait on tenterhooks for news of the rescue. It’s all hands on deck at NASA in the meantime, in the Apple TV+ … Read more

For All Mankind suffers from an unbearable lack of imagination [Apple TV+ recap] ★★½

For All Mankind spins its wheels this week until a catastrophe in the back half of the episode. Danny’s losing it. Ed’s being Ed. Jimmy commits some low-level espionage. Ellen and Larry find themselves under a microscope. Aleida closes in on the truth. And Margo is losing everything. A surprise cameo from one of history’s … Read more

For All Mankind finally makes it to Mars, and it’s depressing [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆☆

In “Seven Minutes of Terror,” Apple TV+ alt-history space race show For All Mankind returns this week to where it left off last season, with America and Russia once more hands holding begrudgingly to fix some space problems. Ed and Karen have the same trouble with authority. Danny’s cracking up. Margo’s head is in a … Read more

For All Mankind relishes its three-way race to Mars [Apple TV+ recap] ★★½

Apple TV+’s lunar headache For All Mankind is headed to Mars for real this time. Three competing spaceships strive to make it to the red planet first to win a huge cash prize. NASA holds some tricks up its sleeve to beat the wilier competition, but you can’t count out the Russians just yet. They’re … Read more

For All Mankind poses great questions, then refuses to answer them [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

Apple TV+ alt-history hit For All Mankind makes all the right moves this week, then immediately blows a 26-point lead in the last inning. For once, the dramatic arcs thrown at Margo, Karen, Dev, Aleida and Kelly all seem pretty satisfying and not at all cheap or hyperbolic. Then the writers ensure we won’t see … Read more

For All Mankind season 3 premiere embraces schlock and awe [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

Apple TV+ alt-history space saga For All Mankind splashes down in the go-go ’90s in its not-really-merited third season. After another decadal jump, Nirvana is king, Bill Clinton is running for office, and we’re apparently going to Mars. This show’s absurd single-mindedness has not been softened by its premature renewal for a fourth season, by … Read more