Mars

Mars

[Season 1]

DVD - 2017
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Set in the year 2033, this one-of-a-kind blend of scripted drama and fascinating documentary sequences centers on twin female astronauts who courageously embark on an epic adventure: humanity's awe-inspiring quest to colonize Mars. The world's most brilliant minds in space exploration, including visionary thinkers Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, NASA astronauts and more, share what the not-so-distant future may hold for all of us.
Published: Beverly Hills, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD F MAR SEASON 1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (5 hr., 15 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
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JCLTiffanyR Jun 22, 2019

I loved this series! It's part drama and part documentary. I didn't think I'd like this mix, but the documentary elements really helped me understand what it would really be like to colonize Mars, both from a scientific perspective and a political perspective! A very engaging series, and I've already checked out the book on which it was based!

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1KLIP1
Mar 18, 2019

Mars is to hostile - and what if they do not find enough ice around in those caves and run out of water? No - humans must first learn how to create water from other elements in the space :-)) Great sifi type movie with some documentary fill ins.

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byoneoka
Mar 15, 2019

This is a new level of blended documentary and sifi. Notable leaders in the quest to go to Mars comment on major issues of this quest. Then the novel kicks in to dramatize the story of the first human rocket to land on Mars, and to start an early colony of humans in an entirely hostile environment.

As a film, it was about 4 stars A fifth was added for the important advance of the idiom by National Geographic.

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lrsranch
Mar 03, 2019

An excellent documentary and movie! Disc 3, which had bonus extras, was also very good and included another short movie about the younger life of the sister astronauts. I learned a lot watching this movie and it has renewed my interest in and excitement about Mars. I will be studying more about Mars and the colonization of it after watching this movie. Highly recommended!

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WoodneathReads
Dec 05, 2018

This series is both factual and fiction. Masterfully directed by Ron Howard, the documentary supports and makes the fictional base on Mars believable. --Rick

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chaliser
Oct 20, 2018

I had planned to watch a few episodes it as a kind of preparation for something else, then do the same on other evenings, but as the episodes rolled by, well, it kept me engaged for hours - three or more in the first sitting. I'm guessing many folks would love it for a Sunday evening - except that it's also a miniseries which will entertain and inform for 3-5 evenings (with GREAT photo/videography of Mars from National Geographic).
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The first few episodes are the slowest but I found that forgivable. That is, while it's a bit slow in parts (drama-wise), it's still as fast as various movies that intrigue the mind, heart, or psyche. So when the movie ('scripted drama') gets into emotional gear, and things look bleak, an insert brings up a documentary history, or an informative interview of someone who played a key part in the progress of space exploration, not just the celebrities. But those also include *the Mars astronauts* prior to their leaving for Mars, then back to the movie. In any case the cast selection and character development was certainly not lacking.
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The pace is easily bearable if you're interested in the nature of exploration, the endurance of mind and/or spirit, not to mention of general stamina - which makes the brief "class time" inserts easy and interesting. And I going to guess that goes double for those with additional particular interests in space travel. Afterall, it's about connecting the present with a future reality, albeit potential reality. Also, the aspect of courage and leadership is well done, both in movie acting and otherwise emphasized, but not too preachy, not too droll.
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Worst case critique: This is primarily geared as a promotion if not outright propaganda, for the idea that space (eg: re-establishing humanity on another planet) will be *the answer* to our largest scale and ever-increasingly immediate crisis here on earth, particularly referring to "Global Warming." Because some would call that plan a "geographic," an ungrounded dream-based reaction, however enticingly hyper-technecally intellectual, that ignores and distracts us from the now crushing priorities here, not to mention a diversion of resources needed for accomplishing those. While I UNDERSTAND that "MARS" [and the space effort] is very well-intentioned on the part of many, my views weigh in on the later perspective. And while I agree with one of the premises (of "MARS"), that IF we had focused on 'The Mars Mission' 50+ years ago, THEN that may have provided a solution by now, I also remind that 50 years ago we also had VERY CLEAR reasons to go the (environmentalist) conservation route that would have prevented our current crisis, or at least given us the time make the space effort much more effective. I include this paragraph as someone who watches movies, rarely tv, for relief from focus on such problems. [Ref: http://www.chalicebridge.com/VehicleEfficient.html]
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And for some folks, more interested in constant dramatic action and the more primal/sensate levels of problem solving, some of the dialog will drag, and the noted inserts will just be interuptions to the already slow moving soap opera. To them I'd say it's far faster than sitcoms and many tv drama's with fast changing dialog pervading an ever-repeating plot, not to mention theme. And quote, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," as I hope you life comes to allow enough relief from stresses that you can include and accept some amount of focus on the true needs (short and long term) for healing and growth, as well as higher potentials of humanity.

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tuan_canada
Nov 17, 2017

Very well made immediate future space exploration fantasy. Hope the future holds more promise than this film offers.

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scribby
Sep 09, 2017

Tense, atmospheric, stylish dramatization of the first human colony on the Red Planet. The viewer may ask whether this will be outdated in 2033, when it supposedly begins (a legitimate question since we never built anything pictured in "2001: A Space Odyssey" though much of it was being discussed while that movie was being made), but still this makes fascinating sci-fi. The interviews with scientists about current theories of planetary exploration are also interesting, and I like that the designers didn't really try to guess about the fashions popular with the earthbound population in 2033: those kinds of predictions are always laughably inaccurate. The ending comes as a complete (and happy) surprise, despite all of the hints dropped along the way. All in all, a good series.

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thebritlass
Aug 14, 2017

If you are looking to fast-track your knowledge of current issues regarding Mars exploration, this combination drama/documentary is an answer. The fictionalized account, set in the 2030s, is interspersed with interviews with a range of scientists and footage from space events. The plot keeps you watching and most of the real-time information (with the exception of the section on Antarctica) is quite interesting. Season 2 has been ordered...

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rgally
Jul 31, 2017

Interesting mix of the current state of space exploration combined with a speculative dramatization of what Mars exploration and colonization might look like and the dangers and issues that the colonizers might face.

We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard! (JFK)

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