Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on November 15, 2016

marsMars 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.

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