Final Thoughts: Hulu’s The First – Believing Is Seeing

When I first started watching Hulu’s The First, I had no idea what I was going to get into. I knew it was a near-future drama about sending the first human team to Mars, but that was about it. A lot of people are either going to love this show or find it ridiculously slow and pretentious, to be completely honest. The IMDb reviews reflect that. Regardless of what side of the coin you’re on, they are really trying to do something special, and I’ll stand by that statement like I have from the very beginning.

The First marks frontrunner Beau Willimon’s return to television after leaving House of Cards. There are a total of 8 episodes that run about 45 minutes long. We get to learn more about the mission and our characters’ personal lives throughout the course of this particular adventure before they leave the planet.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with their families. I had a problem with some of it at one point, but it made sense why after I saw the whole thing. This is going to be a long mission. The Providence Crew will be gone for 2.5 years! They’ll be missing birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. We saw how much it affected the Dawes and Castillos. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Some of them are going to be okay with it and some of them won’t. Even if they were already aware of the sacrifices they’ll have to make. Uncertainty can make a lot of people nervous. That’s what this season is all about.

We really hope you made it to the last episode because it’s the sigh of relief you’ve rightfully earned. It’s a beautiful finale. I haven’t brought him up until now, but Lawrence is the voice of the narration you hear. His scenes may seem random but they have a purpose. Pay attention to them. There’s a lot of symbolism in there that can be a whole other article on its own.

The show dives into the honest and hard questions about exploration. You’re going to have those who’ll resist everything you try to tell them. Regardless of how beneficial it is to society as a whole. If you’re wondering why they’re going to Mars, have you ever looked up at the night sky and asked yourself what else was out there? Their job is dangerous, but they’re ultimately doing something for 8 billion people.

The First is an eerie and unique drama. It tackles grief at one end of the spectrum and ambition at the other. It starts off with a tragedy and ends in a triumph. You’re on an emotional roller coaster ride the entire time, but it’s worth it when you see that rocket go up a second time and nothing happens to it. We might not be on Mars yet, but we’ll get there soon.

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