The idea of mankind living on the Red Planet was considered science fiction once but now the future is definitely red for us. The idea of mankind living on the Red Planet has never been more palpable.
Season 2 of National Geographic’s series MARS return with a six-episode arc. They are continuing in last season’s unique hybrid format: alternating scripted and documentary sequences to predict what life will be like on the Red Planet forecast by what’s happening today on Earth.
Partnering again with National Geographic, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard envision what might happen when Earthlings become first Martians.
While the first season of the series showcased the journey to another planet, the new season highlights the actual problems humans will face as they survive on a completely new planet. The series highlights a very important question – will humans repeat the same mistakes they made on Earth?
On the scripted front, the series tackles everyday occurrences – pregnancy, breakups, new romances, epidemics, breakdowns, power outages, injuries, exercise, mealtimes and socializing. But these things are anything but ordinary when they occur approximately 54.7 million isolated kilometres from Earth.
On the documentary front, the series draws parallels to the future happenings on Mars by looking at some of the dire issues facing Earth’s last frontier – the Arctic. This will include events that compromise the life on Earth – which could plague us in the future as we become an interplanetary species: drilling, glacial melting, rising sea level and indigenous health epidemics which surface when the permafrost melts.
The group of experts includes names like Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO; Ellen Stofan, former NASA Chief; Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and futurist; Casey Dreier, director of space policy at the Planetary Society; Antonia Juhasz, leading oil and energy expert; and Naomi Klein, bestselling author, activist and award-winning journalist on climate change.
MARS’ co-executive producer, scientific advisor and award-winning author of How We’ll Live on Mars says, “In MARS, everything as simple as the quotidian, like personal hygiene and meals, requires greater effort and is exponentially more difficult in this foreign frontier of limited resources where new rules are often written on the fly,”
“Leaving Earth insures long-term human survival, and we have the technology and spirit to get there, but what will it actually take to live there? MARS is a six-to-nine month trip one way…so before we get there, we better make sure we can permanently make it our own.”
MARS second season will premiere on 17th November, Saturday at 9 pm on National Geographic and will be available on Hotstar as well.