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Mars (2016)

Season 1

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 1] Novo Mundo
Shown 13 Nov 16

This was made by the National Geographic Channel, rather than SyFy, so it tries to maintain an edge of realism. The result is a docudrama of sorts, but instead of reconstructions of historical events it features live-action dramatisations of a future mission to Mars. These are intercut with interviews of space scientists and visionaries such as Elon Musk.

This week, the take-off and seven month trip from Earth to Mars go very smoothly. However, once the spaceship tries to land on Mars the drama starts. The ship is forced off-course, which sets the astronauts' story up for the Season.

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 2] Grounded
Shown 20 Nov 16

The Mission Commander has been severely injured. The others must get him to the base before he dies.

The interviews draw parallels with the Challenger disaster, a reminder that space travel always comes with an increased risk of death.

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 3] Pressure Drop
Shown 27 Nov 16

The Mars team must search for somewhere to shelter. They have trouble finding a lava tube that is accessible. Hopefully they will also find a water supply.

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 4] Power
Shown 04 Dec 16

The story has jumped forward by four years. New colonists have arrived to join the original survivors. Now they must upgrade the power supply accordingly.

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 5] Darkest Days
Shown 11 Dec 16

This episode concerns the failing mental health of one of the colonists. He is clearly unsuited to the situation, but somehow was not excluded in pre-launch screening sessions.

The interviews draw parallels with Antarctic exploration groups like the Shackleton expedition.

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1, Episode 6] Crossroads
Shown 18 Dec 16

The Mars explorers try to cope with the aftermath of the disaster. Their next move is to search for signs of life.

The interviews are heavily focused on Elon Musk, and feature footage of his test launches. Since Nixon used the Apollo 13 situation to cut NASA's budget in the 1970s, any plans for a manned Mars mission have involved the private sector.





Mars (2016)

Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th October 2016

Reviewed in our special supplement Mars (2016)

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    Season 2

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 1] We Are Not Alone
    Shown 11 Nov 18

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 2] Worlds Apart
    Shown 18 Nov 18

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 3] Darkness Falls
    Shown 25 Nov 18

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 4] Contagion
    Shown 02 Dec 18

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 5] Power Play
    Shown 09 Dec 18

    Mars (2016) Mars (2016) [Season 2, Episode 6] The Shakeup
    Shown 16 Dec 18