Produced by National Geographic, ‘Mars’ is a science fiction based TV series which first premiered on November 14, 2016, and airs on NatGeo. The docudrama series blends components of interviews with shots of a group of astronauts, as they land on the red planet, that is, Mars. The series takes its plot from the 2015 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.
The sci-fi documentary has been created by Ben Young Mason and Justin Wilkes and we see the fictional narrative unfold in the years 2033 and 2037, while the show makes use of present-day nonfiction interviews to explain the events that unfold in the story. For those interested, the show has primarily been shot in Budapest and Morocco. The series is helmed by Ron Howard, who is known for works like ‘Apollo 13‘, ‘A Beautiful Mind‘, and ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
Naturally, the series has been lauded by critics, who have said, “Ron Howard’s direction ensures that Mars is an attractive endeavor, even if the show struggles to move smoothly between its documentary and fictional elements”.
Mars Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Mars’ is led by Esai Morales of ‘Ozark‘ fame as Roland St. John, the CEO of Lukrum. Jeff Hephner, known for roles in ‘Chicago Med‘ and ‘Chicago Fire‘, appears as Kurt Hurrelle, the Mission Commander of the Lukrum mars mission, while Roxy Sternberg is seen as Jen Carson, a worker at this company.
Other cast members include 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 plays Robert Foucault, a mission engineer, and roboticist from Nigeria; Alberto Ammann is seen as Javier Delgado who is a geochemist and a mission hydrologist from Spain; Anamaria Marinca appears in the role of Marta Kamen, a geologist and a mission exobiologist from Russia. Olivier Martinez plays Ed Grann, Mars Missions Corporation’s CEO, and Cosima Shaw plays Leslie Richardson, who is a logistical engineer.