Once again, FOR ALL MANKIND proves to be the most inconsistent TV I’m currently watching. The creators have a way of spacing out episodes with poor pacing. Last week, audiences were treated to one of the best episodes in the last three seasons. As each character aboard the Polaris spaceship’s tempers and emotions flared, so did the ship, spinning out of control for a thrilling conclusion. 

E2 goes in the opposite direction, slowing down and allowing audiences to catch their breath. Now, I don’t mind slow-burn TV (see my reviews of BETTER CALL SAUL), but what bothers me is there isn’t much in the latest, except for one pivotal plot that sets up the future of this series. That’s 55 minutes of the build-up to get to the inevitable conclusion.

So, I’m excited to see where S3 heads, and I’m still on board to complete it. However, I wish there was a way to inform the writers of this show there are better ways to drop exposition on audiences than the melodramatic nature FOR ALL MANKIND tends to do. Or, as Karen (Shantel VanSanten) tells Ed (Joel Kinnaman), “I hate it when you mope.” 

Here’s to a season of less moping and more thrilling action on Apple TV+.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud stepparent and dad joke enthusiast.

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