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The third season of ‘For all humanity’ is more than fiction: it is telling us about the race that is coming for Mars


The third season of this proposal that science fiction fans can enjoy on the video platform at streaming from Apple is a delight. Like the first two. And, in my opinion, it is not only because of its impeccable technical and artistic bill, but also for its reasonable credibility from a scientific point of view. And it is appreciated.

Before we go any further, a quick note that sci-fi fans who haven’t yet had the chance to discover will probably appreciate: for a limited time we can see the first season of this series for free and without the need to be subscribed to Apple TV +.

There is no doubt that with this strategy those from Cupertino intend to retain new customers, but, be that as it may, it is worth giving it a try. As those of you who have already seen it know, the first season starts with the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union to place the first human being on the surface of the moon.

With Mars in the spotlight in the series (and possibly outside of it)

In this article I do not intend to reveal any relevant plot thread of the series plot, but I have to necessarily comment on what the plot proposal for the third season is, just as those responsible for this fiction promised us in the second season: the establishment of the human being on Mars.

The interesting thing, and, in a certain way, surprising, is that in some way this series could be predicting what will the world be like where we are headed, and where the West and Russia are taking diametrically opposite directions.

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For decades, the United States (which is unquestionably at the forefront of the West from a geostrategic point of view) and Russia have joined forces in terms of space exploration, an alliance that in the scientific field has brought us many joys.

Russia has announced that it will withdraw from the International Space Station from 2024

The International Space Station is one of them, but the current juncture, in which Russia and the West are literally separated by a chasm on every single front, is ending this collaboration at a very worrying speed. In fact, Russia has announced that it will withdraw from this station as of 2024.

But the worst thing is that currently nothing invites us to be even remotely optimistic when it comes to scientific and technical collaboration between the West and Russia in the field of space exploration. And probably in other scenarios the picture will not be very different. It’s a shame.

Forinner humanity

Interestingly, ‘For all humanity’ describes a reality very similar to the one we are currently experiencing. A second ‘Cold War’. In the series, the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is constant, and causes tensions from which not even scientists can escape, who in no case should be subjected to the political interests of their nations.

A new space race has begun and everyone has the same goal: mining on the Moon

‘For all mankind’ is fiction, yes, but it is quality fiction. Fiction with reasonable credibility. Maybe it will serve as a wake-up call

But this is not the only thing that this fiction shows us. It also shows us another path, one in which when nations in conflict manage to set aside their differences and allow common interests prevail success is much more likely. And in the short and medium term, everyone benefits.

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It is not at all a question of theoretical goodness. Not much less. History has shown us on many occasions that when the superpowers push together and in the same direction great challenges dwarf. They are diluted, and, frequently, they are surpassed. ‘For all mankind’ is fiction, yes, but it is quality fiction. Fiction with reasonable credibility. Perhaps it will serve as a wake-up call.

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