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TigerinATL
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Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
An historical/future fiction show about the first manned mission to Mars in 2033. It’s a pretty interesting format with flashbacks to 2016 showing documentary style interviews with real people in the space industry talking about challenges that would need to be overcome. They even have a good bit of footage of Elon Musk and Space X.

The documentary format does make it a bit dry and educational feeling, so it probably doesn’t have broad mainstream appeal, but if you’re a space/sci-fi enthusiast you’ll probably like it.


Split2874
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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
I liked the 1st season. I could not get into the 2nd season.


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BRich
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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
Watched both seasons, but will not watch another if there is one. The "preachy" level was amped up in season two-- basically all the flashbacks were to Greenpeace types and climate change pushers. After a while I just fast-forwarded through those parts.

But the whole "future" plot was almost as bad: pretty much all "corporations bad, left wing scientists and socialists good".


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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
Yeah, they took a good thing and messed it up with the preachy BS.

Shame too ... it had really great potential.

Bad white men everywhere from the crazy husband/horticulturist to the bad man Elon Musk type played by whatshisname to the bad white man in charge of drilling and so on and so forth.

The women and the cucks were virtuous, wise and kind ... and none of them of European American heritage.


Nobes33
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I have a question about the book this is produced from. It says "How to live on mars" is the book they got this from... However, it seems to be right out of the book "Red Mars." Has anyone read both books or the red mars and feel the same way?


Nobes33
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Not sure i agree with the nationality comments. I saw a wide range of nationalities. I think it was produced by tv mundo which is out of mexico. Like ya we use white actors even if they are from latin america but to say they are not diverse is kinda an insult.


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scrooster
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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
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... right out of the book "Red Mars." Has anyone read both books or the red mars and feel the same way?

I finished the Mars Trilogy last year and yeah, it has some similarities to the first book, Red Mars, which is why a lot of people thought they might try to continue, or follow, with Green and Blue. Not sure that is going to happen though.

I think the other book you may be referring-to, perhaps, is How We’ll Live On Mars .... maybe? I dunno. I saw the Petranek lecture (TED) and he referenced the made for TV limited series and consulted for the show yet that may be an incorrect assumption on my part and, if so, I apologize.

From my perspective the TV series was a conglomeration of a lot of SciFi and studies over the years. It had a little bit of everything from The Martian Chronicles to The Case For Mars by Robert Durban (I can’t listen to the guy’s voice for long but he is the preeminent authority on the subject IMHO) and Turner’s Epic Poem, Genesis and so on.

Where they screwed the pooch and turned a lot of fans off by S3 was with the preachy stuff trying to correlate bad people on earth, having ruined earth, with the settlers on Mars trying to do something pristine and special.

I tried to look upon the series as a prequel to The Expanse ... it worked better for me that way, any way I looked at it from a human evolution and expansionist perspective.



Nobes33
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A quote from google "Mars is a documentary and science fiction television series produced by National Geographic, ... The series is based on the 2015 book How We'll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek."

Sadly i didnt realize red mars was a trilogy.. Im excited to get reading :)

Im on the 5th or 6th episode and maybe it is just me but... Everything from the crash landing to the sending more population to mars even the mental reviews of the crew it is practically copy write..
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Erin Go Bragh
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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
Enjoyed the first season but couldn't get beyond two episodes of season two,

They could have filmed the entire season in a pulpit for all the preaching they did.




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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
I watched episode 1 season 1 last night on Netflix, and enjoyed it. Elon is probably gonna go down as one of the most influential people in Human History, and its incredible the things that Space X are doing.


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Dizz
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But the whole "future" plot was almost as bad: pretty much all "corporations bad, left-wing scientists and socialists good".



In reality, there will likely be a conflict between for-profit exploration and science exploration. It was an obvious conflict for the show and for entertainment purposes they couldn't just have everyone get along, they needed a villain and a corporation is always an easy villain. Let's not act like corporations/industrialists haven't been villains in entertainment forever.
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Cycledude
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re: Mars on NatGeo/Netflix
Thought the show was pretty interesting. I wish they would have taken the subject matter further and not so much human conflict.


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