Spill the wine for a “B-side” edition of FOR ALL MANKIND that’s not even watchable in 1.5x playback speed.

Before I get into this week’s review, I wanted to say that I love director Andrew Stanton. He has made some of the most influential Pixar movies (WALL-E, FINDING NEMO, and A BUG’S LIFE) and has directed some great TV, including FOR ALL MANKIND. Yet, I don’t blame E6 on the director. I blame it on the writers. The astronauts may have landed on Mars, but sadly, the story revolves around awful political drama. 

Look, I’m all for shining a light on our closeminded history towards coming out and being gay in America after the AIDS epidemic. However, this hard left turn officially makes FOR ALL MANKIND a political soap opera, and that’s not where it’s at its best. The show works due to the outer-space action, not the politics of space.

If the political drama wasn’t bad enough, we also get a character injuring themselves and becoming addicted to pain pills. The second I saw the pill bottle, I screamed due to the stupidity of the writing. 

Also, I wanted to apologize for not keeping my complaints to a minimum, as I promised last week. Since this was “nuke the fridge” worthy TV, I had to get on a soap box and proclaim it’s time to leave FOR ALL MANKIND lost in space.

It’s available to never return to orbit 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 parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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