REVIEW: Hulu’s The First S1E2 – What’s Needed

Hulu has officially dropped the entire first season of its new near-future drama, The First. Have you read our basic fact sheet about it yet? You can read it here if you’d like. Here’s our review of S1E2, “What’s Needed.”

Warning: spoilers ahead.

THE FIRST — Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history. Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone) and Tom Hagerty (Sean Penn), shown. (Photo by: Paul Schrimaldi/Hulu)

There are 23 months until the next launch window. Vista wants to get funding for Providence II but they have to face a nation and congressional committee who’s not necessarily on their side. After a couple of setbacks, they decide to bring back Hagerty into the mix. He agrees to come along for the ride but does things on his own terms. There’s a lot of bureaucracy and character establishment in this episode. I personally enjoyed watching everybody step up. We also see more of Laz and Tom’s personal stories at home.

Some of you may find the first half of the season a bit slow. Some of you may not. Take the show as you will but they’re trying to do something really special. This season’s all about the people who make the mission possible. The scripts make that part clear.

How do you convince a nation who’s skeptical about going beyond our planet? Carl Sagan once said, “Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” That’s what I want you to keep in mind while you watch this episode. There’s a reason why their cause is worth fighting for.

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