Produced by National Geographic, Mars is a science fiction based TV series which premiered on November 14, 2016, on NatGeo and FX and the last episode of the first season was aired on December 19, 2016. Before the official air date was revealed, the show was set to be launched in a streaming format on November 1, 2016. The series blends components of fictional interviews with a group of astronauts as they land on the Red planet-Mars. The series takes its plot from the book “How We’ll Live on Mars” by Stephen Petranek. In October 2016, a companion book to the show was released called “Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet”, explaining the science and logic behind the show. Along with the series, a prequel episode was also created and released called “Before Mars” which tells the moment in the life of one of the astronauts and the decisions that were made at that point of time, which was based on fiction.
The sci-fi documentary is narrated by Ben Young Mason and Justin Wilkes, developed by Ben Young Mason, Mickey Fisher, Karen Janszen, André Bormanis and Jonathan Silberberg, being composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and produced by Imagine Entertainment RadicalMedia, being shot in Morocco and Budapest.
The series has received mixed reviews with 63% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes having a score of 7.3/10 basis 16 reviews; and as per Metacritic, it has a scored 59/100 based on 14 reviews giving away “mixed or average reviews”.
Mars Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
The crew of the second season included a new show-runner, Dee Johnson. Stephen Cragg and Ashley Way also joined the returning director Everardo Gout in the season 2. Additionally, Roxy Sternberg, Akbar Kurtha, Gunnar Cauthery, Esai Morales, Levi Fiehler, Evan Hall and Jeff Hephner also joined the cast of season 2.
Apart from the mentioned names, the rest of the cast remains the same as that of season 1, namely: Ben Cotton as Ben Sawyer, who is an American mission commander and a systems engineer. Jihae Kim as Hana Seung, who is a mission pilot, a mission commander, Joon Seung who is her twin sister and CAPCOM of mission control located on Earth and later as secretary-general of International Mars Science Foundation. Sammi Rotibi playing Robert Foucault, a mission engineer and roboticist from Nigeria, Alberto Ammann will be seen as Javier Delgado who is a geochemist and a mission hydrologist from Spain, Anamaria Marinca in the role of Marta Kamen, a geologist and a mission exobiologist from Russia. Olivier Martinez playing Ed Grann, Mars Missions Corporation’s CEO and Cosima Shaw playing as Leslie Richardson, who is a logistical engineer. We will expect the see the same cast in season 3 as well.