Basic Survival Guide: Hulu’s The First

Hulu has officially dropped the entire first season of its new near-future drama, The FirstThe First marks Beau Willimon’s return to TV after leaving Netflix’s House of Cards. Here’s our show survival guide for your reference.

There are a total of eight episodes that run about 45 minutes long. Happy watching!

THE TRAILER

Just in case if you need a reminder.

Click here for the IMDb page.

THE EPISODES

  1. Separation
  2. What’s Needed
  3. Cycles
  4. Where Life Is
  5. Two Portraits
  6. Collisions
  7. The Choice
  8. Near and Far

THE CAST

  • Sean Penn as Mission Commander Tom Hagerty (13th Man on the Moon)
  • Natascha McElhone as Vista CEO/Founder Laz Ingram
  • LisaGay Hamilton as Kayla Price
  • Hannah Ware as Sadie Hewitt
  • Keiko Agena as Aiko Hakari
  • Rey Lucas as Matteo Vega
  • James Ransone as Nick Fletcher
  • Anna Jacoby-Heron as Denise (Tom’s Daughter)
  • Brian Lee Franklin as Lawrence
  • Oded Fehr as Eitan Hafri

WHAT IS VISTA?

You’re going to be hearing this name a lot throughout the series. Vista is the third party company that NASA contracted to help them send the first human team to Mars. They’re kind of like the SpaceX of the show. Vista is run by CEO/Founder Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone). They are located in Louisiana.

WHAT’S THE MISSION?

The Providence crew will be sent on a two and a half year mission to Mars and back. They will be on the transit vehicle for 7 months and the Red Planet for 18. If you’re wondering if the show is anything like Matt Damon’s The Martian, don’t worry. It isn’t.

PROVIDENCE I VS. PROVIDENCE II

At the beginning of the show, we’re introduced to the Providence I crew. Due to an error that occurred after liftoff, all five members of the original crew perished (think about what happened during the real-life 1986 Challenger launch tragedy). The show is primarily about the Providence II crew and takes place over the course of two years before the next launch attempt.

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