Apple TV + For all mankind has provided an exciting alternative glimpse into world history throughout its first two seasons. The show, directed by Battlestar galactica veterinarian Ron D. Moore recounts what would have happened in history if the Soviet Union had beaten the United States to land on the moon in the 1960s. Those are not the only changes in history, however.
The point of divergence with the moon landing creates a ripple effect throughout modern history, altering world events in subtle and obvious ways. The show rarely shows the changes, but instead makes them part of the overall fabric, making them a little more fun to discover as the series progresses.
10 The Soviet Union landed first on the Moon
The entire premise of the series is released when the story diverges massively in June 1969. Instead of Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon, it is Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. Its success crushes American morale, much as did the Soviet success with the first satellite, Sputnik, in the early 1950s.
The show goes on to show that the Apollo 11 crew, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon, but it wasn’t perfect. They crashed and it was feared they were dead, but it was later revealed that they had survived.
The fear and shame that follow the Soviet landing motivate NASA to accelerate its plans regarding the moon. In the show, NASA moves forward with the Jamestown moon base, which never existed in real history. This base, launched in 1973, became the centerpiece of the American lunar program. It was added and expanded in the 1980s.
In real life, NASA abandoned the Apollo program after a few landings, when public interest waned. Apollo 13 was one of the last flights of greatest interest to the American public, largely due to its in-flight accident, which became the subject of a movie about the real-life space crew.
8 Women become astronauts before
From the beginning, the Soviet cosmonaut program was much more inclusive when it came to using both men and women. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, did not reach orbit until 1983 when she was part of the space shuttle crew. Challenger.
In the show, the Soviets send a woman to the Moon after the United States lands there. This leads NASA to be more ambitious in also including women in the astronaut corps. Molly Cobb became the first woman in space on the show, with Apollo 15. Danielle Pool, Tracy Stevens, and Ellen Wilson are also among the others to go.
7 President Kennedy
Senator Edward Kennedy ran for president of the United States in 1980 against incumbent Jimmy Carter, but failed to make the nomination. In the series, he becomes president in 1973. Kennedy leaves a party on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 due to the Soviet moon landing and avoids a tragic historical event that forever tainted his political prospects.
Kennedy managed to become president on the show’s alternate history, but his luck did not continue. His personal problems and the successive failures of the Apollo program doomed his re-election and caused another change in history.
6 Reagan becomes president in 1976
Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 and oversaw the end of the Cold War, depicted in many excellent films from the Cold War era. In the reality of For all mankind, becomes president four years earlier after defeating Kennedy in 1976 in a massive landslide.
Reagan is said to have won reelection in 1980, but the circumstances of that campaign are unknown. Both on the show and in real life, Reagan was optimistic about the militarization of space, particularly through his SDI ‘Star Wars’ program, which many feared would lead to nuclear war.
5 John Lennon is still alive in 1983
Former Beatles member and legendary musician John Lennon tragically died in 1980, murdered outside his home in New York City. He survived in the world of the show and is shown in the show’s second season as the defender of peace that he was in real life.
Call for peace as the world hurtles into nuclear conflict in the early 1980s. While the Cold War outcome is expected to be somewhat similar, given that there will be a third season of the show set in the 1990s, it is unclear. if the events occurred exactly as they did in real life.
4 The United States withdraws from Vietnam before
Although the conflict with the Soviet Union becomes more acute thanks to the landing on the moon, the participation of the United States in the Vietnam War is reduced. The United States withdrew from Vietnam much earlier, in 1970, five years before it did so in real history.
President Nixon is doing this to allow the United States to focus more on the space race, in which it is seen as being lagging behind. The fate of Vietnam is not known on the show beyond this point, although it is likely to mirror that of real life somewhat. as does the rest of the show’s alternate history.
3 Charles and Diana don’t get married
The fourth season of The crown describes the historical fascination with the marriage of Charles and Diana in 1981. In the world of For all mankind, this never happened. The show’s alternate history has Prince Charles marrying Camilla Parker-Bowles, his eventual second wife, in place of Diana Spencer.
This, of course, would have major repercussions on the established story yet to be explored by the series. The couple’s two sons, William and Harry, would never be born in this setting, altering the royal family’s trajectory into the 21st century.
two Khan’s wrath
This change is quite subtle. In season two episode five, “The Weight,” viewers discover that one of the best Star Trek movies ever, Khan’s wrath, just came out in 1983. This is a slight change from the true story, where the movie came out in 1982.
The film changed its original title from Khan’s revenge due to the impending Revenge of the Jedi, which of course was changed to Return of the Jedi. This suggests that Return of the Jedi It happened as is in the alternate timeline, though maybe not in 1983.
1 Humanity lands on Mars in the 90s
An important consequence of the Soviet moon landing in 1969 is President Kennedy’s commitment to defeat the Soviets on Mars. This happens in the final moments of the season two finale as the show fast-forward ten years into the ’90s. Fans see an American astronaut on Mars, fulfilling Kennedy’s ambition and marking a massive departure from real history.
Humanity has placed several rovers and probes on the Martian surface, but it is still a long way from the prospect of landing a crew there anytime soon.
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