A pair of starry-eyed astronauts on a critical voyage to Mars find that they must make some unexpected choices when a navigational error throws them miles off target.
Should you see it?
Mars is the story, of human endurance. Of hope, and of heart.
It’s presented as a dual narrative. On one hand we have USEC astronauts Malick and Shrieber, waking up from hypersleep to find themselves way off course on their journey to bring essential equipment to Mars in advance of a colony chip. With the only hope for humankind being to evacuate Earth, failure is not remotely an option.
On the other hand, we have a father travelling with his teenage daughter across the surface of Mars hundred(s) of years later. To pass the time they recount the epic story of Magic and Strider whose bravery and heroic commitment to the preservation of the human race made the thriving Martian colonies possible. And perhaps one day allow for a return to Blue Planet.
Mars is at the same time tragic and hopeful. It’s both stirring and smart. It’s engaging and a wonderful piece of Science Fiction.
It’s also well-written and very funny. Valerie Cotic and Mark Nocent are utterly believable astronauts faced with situations and difficult choices that push their resolve to complete their mission to a potential breaking point. They have a great chemistry together and do double duty as the show’s father/daughter in the other half of the story.
Sci-fi theatre isn’t all that common so if you’re a fan of the genre, or of simple human drama, catch Mars here while you can.
But that’s just my opinion and I would love to know what you think. How does Mars rank in the annals of science fiction? Were you teary-eyed at it’s conclusion? Left hopeful? Join the discussion in the comments below.