18 Nov 2018 18:45 PM IST
National Geographic's documentary drama returns & # 39;Mars& # 39; took five years after which Season one left us: with the International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF) – a hypothetical agent who financed an expedition to Mars – after announcing that the results of their hard work had paid off: "there I s life on Mars ".
Then begin the next chapter of this interplanetary documentary drama. The first human settlers on the Red Planet in the small colony of the City of Olympus are now building their ability to survive on Mars. Mars now hosts two clashes of human interest – they are scientists and industrialists.
Season two steps away from informative storytelling and documenting season one to a more fictional narrative style, reminiscent of more serious science fiction shows.
What is needed to colonize Mars
Although the first season has largely centered on the idea of reaching Mars, the second season brings you the challenges of life and mining in not one, but two, a hard and lonely world. This show is set on the second, Mars, and in the Arctic belongs to the Earth itself.
The second season moves away from literal comparisons with space station astronauts in the first season. Martian colonies are compared to Arctic explorers today in what their mission demands. The lives of Arctic scientists, miners and activists who are less well known in the new season are really interesting, and one of the best of the entire series.
Mars is also described as a paradise for entrepreneurs, with beautiful parallels between the Red Planet and Arctic.
Ironically, for an event called & # 39;Mars', Planet itself does not appear as a strong character, with a personality different from itself. The focus of this season is on people on both sides of the eternal battle of resilience versus greed, science and entrepreneurship.
This narrative is largely based on a variety of conflicting ideas about what the early years were like on Mars. It draws your curiosity about humanity's plan to colonize the Red Planet – "the next natural step" to expand our existence into the solar system, as many scientists see.
This show beautifully outlines several key questions in our quest to become interplanetary species: What are our intentions for Mars? How far do we want to go? How much do we want to give up to make it happen?
Survival, essence and red stone mining
The gripping adventure you experience in the first season's narration requires a more gentle and contemplative form. There is dialogue back and forth with experts about survival and important things – resources, territory and power. And yes, don't let us forget, that too familiar idea that the planet will fight if you push the boundary.
Documentary and expert interviews are very interesting, and visuals are predictable. Fiction recreation is barely enough to hold your attention. Especially because we are spoiled for choice when it comes to TV fiction and science fiction. If you have seen it Overlay (ie the best science fiction drama ever), you know what I'm talking about.
However, competition between the space agency, IMSF, and the big bad mining companies, the Lukram industry, did not disappoint in the drama. For his praise, this show provided an opportunity for both parties to become the preferred engineers of the collective dream of Mars. This show makes me believe that there is more than one right way to colonize Mars, and no matter which direction we choose to do it, surprises are guaranteed.
New start or another version of life on Earth?
Right there with other fun parts of Mars is an intro song, lyrics that resonate with a scary, dark, haunting track that whispers that "heaven is a trick of light". I can't help but wonder: as much as we idealize the future on Mars, it can actually be another version of life on Earth. Or will it be? Who knows?
We are also treated with new perspectives on NASA, and space research with extensions. You have been shown how the research of the American space agency (and a large part of its resources), surprisingly enough, was spent studying Earth – making it more "able to survive" for humans.
One would imagine that a semi-fictional show about colonizing Mars would tell you many new things. This event is not. Of course, there are many experts who explain various aspects of Mars missions and space exploration, but somehow that makes you want more.
We show what the colony on Mars looks like, but how the Martian society in the future, however small, will function. We also show what a total struggle for us on a new and hostile planet, without being told enough about who the character is, or why people should care about what we plan for Mars at all.
An underwhelming fictional narrative
Fiction stories also don't have a consistent scientific flow. There are even a few gaps that make the event go unaddressed. For example, the program does not explain how the journey back from Mars works – it's just that it's rare, but maybe
Predictably, Nat Geo's Mars it is also a very American story. Of course, astronauts come from various countries, and there are performances of "international" participation at IMSF meetings every now and again. But the show looked like unidimensional (read & # 39; America & # 39;) took the story of human Mars.
In the glorious tradition of many space films and TV shows, Nat Geo tries to make America great again. But fortunately for us, this is not something to disappoint, just taking it far from being a show with a wider appeal.
You can't find acting or writing that will make you breathless this season. But, the part that moves in the second season is the idea – the possibility. This show is not simple because of imagination.
Not a victory for hardcore sci-fi fans
On the one hand, doing good work with a difficult task – being fair to both sides of the coin – our instincts to explore and exploit. On the other hand, it largely releases science and realism from delicious modern science fiction shows.
After seeing epic perfection and attention-to-detail in such a series Overlay and realism, humor and charisma The Martian, it is a pity that the storyline is fictional at Mars it cannot stand alone without alluring narratives from our own Arctic backyard.
Hardcore science and science fiction fans, don't expect Overlay, or Battlestar Galactica. Mars slower, contemplative, emotional, and much lighter on science than what we know is impressive science fiction.
If you like to be in the science-centric series, you might like it. And there are many things to love – visual, Arctic narratives, thoughts from people who have many things to gain (and lose) from the mission to colonize Mars. Most likely we can see the same future for us at the end of the 2030s, which makes this a serious effort to describe a possible scenario.
And now, as I wait to see what the third season brings, there is one thing I know now that I have never watched Season 2 from Mars: Nat Geo has grown up! The show is not like Nat Geo that I remember when I was young – with stories about animals, earthquakes and airplanes.
Did Nat Geo grow with me? Did I just notice?