Mars is the first thing I’ve ever watched on National Geographic (is its real name “NatGeo” or is that just like how Comedy Central slaps a “CC” brand on everything? I don’t even know), a miniseries about the fictional first manned mission to Mars. But also sort of a documentary about current Mars plans? Or a commercial for Space-X? It’s weird as hell. It’s presented as a flashback to the 2016 origins of the fictional Mars mission, and it includes interviews with Elon Musk and Neil DeGrasse Tyson and other people I don’t recognize but they’re probably scientists and engineers rather than actors. It bounces back and forth between definitely-fictional 2033 and at-least-mostly-real 2016. It’s an unquestionably weird format and half-assing two things turns out worse than whole-assing either a fictional show or a documentary.