A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences. This 2021 Hard Sci-Fi film is a modern retelling of Tom Godwin's 1954 The Cold Equations, a "needlessly cruel" short story that likely "got the equations themselves wrongs" in order to pose a moral dilemma for the characters. In the film, once the ship docks with the Aldrin Mars Cycler (named for its inventor, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) and leaves Earth's gravity well, there are no other voices or characters, enhancing the feeling of isolation ahead of the crew on their two year mission. The very realistic spacecraft spins the habit module on a tether to create artificial gravity and was mocked-up for the film by Scott Manley in Kerbal Space Program, while the claustrophobic interiors look like they were shot on a real space station.
Star Trek: Enterprise: Demons / Terra Prime Rewatch Season 4, Ep 20
It's a bad day on the Moon when xenophobic isolationists threaten Earth's nascent "Coalition of Planets"—and the baby Trip and T'Pol never knew they had. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: ROCKETSHIP X-M Rewatch Season 2, Ep 1
Rewatch! Operator error sends the Earth's first ship to the moon, 828 thousand miles away, instead to Mars, which is at best 33.9 million miles away and usually much further. That's some error; some scientists would give multiple limbs to be able to make errors like that. It's the first episode of Season Two, considered the point where Mystery Science Theater 3000 started to become really good, although the movie here is kind of dull. Next time.... Previously. Remember: for the time being we're also doing Sunday shows, so if you want to watch this one you'll want to show up tonight. [more inside]
Star Trek: Picard: Maps and Legends Season 1, Ep 2
Picard begins investigating the mystery of Dahj as well as what her very existence means to the Federation. Without Starfleet's support, Picard is left leaning on others for help, including Dr. Agnes Jurati and an estranged former colleague, Raffi Musiker. Meanwhile, hidden enemies are also interested in where Picard's search for the truth about Dahj will lead. (IMDB, Memory Alpha) [more inside]
A ship carrying settlers to a new home in Mars after Earth is rendered uninhabitable is knocked off-course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. [more inside]
The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Freedom Season 1, Ep 6
A space crew preparing for the first human flight to Mars is faced with a life-altering decision...and its consequences. [more inside]
Babylon 5: A Voice in the Wilderness, Part 1 and Part 2 Season 1, Ep 18
[arc episodes] The planet around which Babylon 5 orbits begins to activate long-dormant weapons systems that threaten Babylon 5. Mars colony loses communication with Babylon 5 due to rioting, to Garibaldi's distress. Delenn's old mentor arrives on the station. "Incorrect answer! The third principle of sentient life is the capacity for self-sacrifice: the conscious ability to override evolution and self-preservation for a cause, a friend, a loved one. It has been too long, Delenn. You have forgotten your training. Soon you will have forgotten all about your old friend Draal." "Not if I live to be a thousand and one." [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: One Small Step Rewatch Season 6, Ep 8
My god… It's full of space garbage… [more inside]
Supergirl: Far from the Tree Season 3, Ep 3
Maggie reaches out to her estranged father when Eliza throws her and Alex a wedding shower, while Supergirl joins J'onn on a personal mission. [more inside]
The Expanse: Here There Be Dragons Season 2, Ep 11
Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever. [more inside]
Six astronauts aboard the International Space Station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life - the first example of life beyond Earth. The crew's research methods end up having unintended consequences. [more inside]
The Expanse: The Weeping Somnambulist Season 2, Ep 9
Avasarala questions Draper as conspiracies unravel on Earth. The Rocinante crew attempts to avert a disaster. [more inside]
The West Wing: Galileo Rewatch Season 2, Ep 9
NASA prepares to receive the first pictures from their new Mars probe, accompanied by a live broadcast with the President. Meanwhile, the Russian government covers up a missile silo fire, a report that the President doesn't like green beans poses an electoral problem in Oregon, and Josh investigates the consequences of honoring a man who called for Puerto Rican statehood. C.J. promotes a staffer to Deputy Press Secretary but then faces a slew of disappointed interviewees at a Kennedy Center concert. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Inherit the Stars (Shooting Star of Yesteryear) Season 1, Ep 24
Some of the Orbital Knights continue battling UFE forces even after Asseylum's ceasefire order, while others choose to wait and see. In the end peace is established, with the Vers Empire providing Aldnoah technology to Earth in exchange for economic assistance. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Unvanquished (Sky of Prayers) Season 1, Ep 23
Klancain rescues Asseylum and Edelrittuo from the UFE commandos and manages to spirit them out of the moon base in his ship. Mazuurek vows his allegiance to Asseylum, and Asseylum contacts her grandfather, the Emperor. Slaine orders an all-out attack on the Earth forces in space, and enjoins the Orbital Knights on Earth to engage in battle earthside. However, Slaine's broadcast is interrupted by Asseylum's, declaring her intentions for peace between Vers and Earth, and her assuming the throne as Empress of Vers.
Aldnoah.Zero: Out of the Past (Chance Meeting and Separation) Season 1, Ep 22
Slaine greets Klancain and tries to bring him to his side, as Klancain is influential among the Vers Knights loyal to the Emperor. United Earth Forces launch a two-pronged attack on the Vers moon base. The UFE attack includes a covert operation with special ops forces infiltrating the Vers moon base. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Fortune's Fool (Beyond the Dream) Season 1, Ep 21
Earth forces, including Inaho, are forced to confront the three Vers Knights without the support of the badly damaged Deucalion. Inaho is experiencing increasing side effects from using his cybernetic eye. Meanwhile, Lemrina confronts Asseylum. Count Klancain, Cruhteo's son, arrives from Vers.
Aldnoah.Zero: The Light of Day (The Price of Honor) Season 1, Ep 20
Trapped by three Vers Knights working in concert, UFE squads retreat thanks to a daring intervention from the Deucalion. Mazuurek holds a personal audience with the disguised Lemrina, asking her questions about Earth. He then maneuvers to enter Slaine's landing castle while Slaine is absent and questions Edelrittuo. Lemrina is increasingly distressed with her role in Slaine's life. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Here to There (The Flaw in Paradise) Season 1, Ep 19
Slaine embarks on a campaign to solidify his hold on the Vers power structure. Magbaredge is disappointed that the UFE higher-ups do not seem to be aware that Vers tactics may be changing with the internal political changes in Vers. As his plans unfold Slaine is conflicted about the person he has become. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Rose and the Ring (Through the Deep Forest) Season 1, Ep 18
Earth forces take on Count Selnakis in New Orleans. Mazuurek continues making his way to his landing castle. Slaine and Count Marylcian begin their duel, with Harklight, Count Barouhcruz, and Lemrina - posing as Asseylum - as witnesses. The winner of the duel is entitled to all of the loser's assets. [more inside]
The Problem: You do NOT talk about Quidditch club. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Turning Wheel (Dawn of Intrigue) Season 1, Ep 17
Yuki and Marito are once again assigned to the Deucalion. Count Mazuurek has been taken prisoner. While questioning Mazuurek, Inaho manages to find some common ground regarding Princess Asseylum. Count Marylcian personally arrives at the Moon base and challenges Slaine to a duel.
Aldnoah.Zero: Soldier's Pay (Attack on the Burning Sand) Season 1, Ep 16
The Deucalion heads back to earth. Slaine is yet to be fully accepted by the other Vers Knights. The faction opposing Slaine's ascendance enjoin Count Mazuurek to begin an offensive. Count Mazuurek, who had so far avoided hostilities with Earth forces, reluctantly deploys in his kataphrakt. Yuki and Marito are part of the squadron sent to intercept Mazuurek. Back in the Vers asteroid base, Slaine realizes he needs to make a grand display of power to silence his detractors.
Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap) Season 1, Ep 15
UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
Earth and Vers forces prepare for a major confrontation in space. Inaho and Slaine encounter each other in the initial skirmish. Lemrina vows to take all that is Asseylum's.
Nineteen months after the assault on the UE HQ, the war between Earth and Vers continues. [more inside]
CRFC5: In 1990's Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven crafts a twisting and turning action thriller about a man named Quaid who wants to take a trip to Mars. Instead he decides to try out a new service that will implant memories of fantastic vacations into the minds of its customers: Rekall Incorporated. However, things become more complicated as the procedure goes wrong, and Quaid is chased by a past that he doesn't quite remember. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Childhood's End (Though the Heavens Fall) Season 1, Ep 12
The heavily damaged Deucalion rams into Saazbaum's landing castle in a desperate move to continue with the plan to deactivate the landing castle's Aldnoah drive. Inaho battles Saazbaum while Yuki and Inko attempt to get Asseylum into the landing castle's Aldnoah drive room. Meanwhile Slaine returns to Saazbaum's landing castle. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Wind, Snow and Stars (The Battle of Novostalsk) Season 1, Ep 11
Saazbaum starts his assault on UE HQ with his landing castle. Saazbaum himself leads the charge as Saazbaum's troops decimate UE forces to find and kill Asseylum. Edelrittuo and Rayet manage to get Asseylum onto the Deucalion. The plan is to deliver Asseylum to Saazbaum's landing castle so she can forcibly shut down its Aldnoah drive.
Aldnoah.Zero: Before the War (A Storm Brewing) Season 1, Ep 10
The crew of the Deucalion work to restore power when the Aldnoah drive suddenly stops working and the ship crashes in the tundra. During the investigation, Rayet reveals her secret. Meanwhile, Saazbaum tells Slaine his side of the Tanegashima Incident.
Aldnoah.Zero: Darkness Visible (Memory Device) Season 1, Ep 9
Slaine wakes up in Saazbaum's landing castle, where Saazbaum explains some of the background of the Vers-Earth war. While practicing with the Areion's combat simulator, Rayet has flashbacks to her first encounter with Nilokeras. Dr. Yagarai tries out a new treatment for Lt. Marito's PTSD, forcing him to to fully confront the memory of his first encounter with a Vers kataphrakt.
Aldnoah.Zero: Then and Now (The Day We Saw the Bird) Season 1, Ep 8
Magbaredge and her crew discover a ship hidden underground. They realize it was an Earth ship designed to be powered by an Aldnoah drive, but abandoned when it could not be activated. Princess Asseylum reveals her identity and activates the ship's Aldnoah drive. Meanwhile Cruhteo interrogates Slaine in his landing castle as Saazbaum observes. As the interrogation proceeds, Saazbaum makes a decision.
Femianne continues attacking with her kataphrakt Hellas. Inaho decides to take a gamble and join forces with Slaine. Saazbaum discovers Slaine is headed to Tanegashima. Meanwhile, Magbaredge and her crew make a surprising discovery in Tanegashima. Asseylum makes an important decision.
Aldnoah.Zero: Steel Step Suite (Island of Memory) Season 1, Ep 6
At Emperor Rayregalia's formal declaration of war against Earth, all Earth personnel with military training are conscripted, including Inaho and friends. Captain Magbaredge sets course for Tanegashima, sparking memories of the battle in Tanegashima 15 years ago. Meanwhile, Slaine escapes from Cruhteo's landing castle, even as Saazbaum asks that Slaine be captured alive for his knowledge of Dr. Troyard's research.
Aldnoah.Zero: Phantom of the Emperor (Before the Audience) Season 1, Ep 5
The Vers Emperor declares an armistice, to the dissatisfaction of the Orbital Knights. Saazbaum orders an investigation into Trillram's death, while Cruhteo is ordered by the Emperor to investigate Asseylum's death. Ignoritng the armistice, Vlad seeks a rematch with Inaho. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Point of No Return (Knights in Pursuit) Season 1, Ep 4
Friends reunite on the rescue craft, and wait for the ship helmed by XO Mizusaki to arrive to escort them to safety. Slaine decides not to reveal to Cruhteo that Princess Asseylum is still alive. Cruhteo orders another of his knights to eliminate all survivors in Shinawara. [more inside]
Inaho and his friends are holed up in their school, having been ordered by 2nd Lt. Marito to distract the Vers Kataphrakt while a rescue operation can be organized. Based on what he's observed first-hand of the Kataphrakt, Inaho comes up with a plan to fight back against it. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Beyond the Horizon (The Longest Day on Earth) Season 1, Ep 2
The Vers invasion has started. Vers landing castles crash into Earth cities, while the ones still in orbit destroy Earth communication links. Earth defense forces are overmatched against Vers weaponry. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Princess of Vers (Princess of Mars) Season 1, Ep 1
The Princess of Vers, Asseylum Vers Allusia, heads to earth on a peace mission. It has been 15 years since Heaven's Fall, when the moon was partially destroyed during a battle between the Earth Federation and the Vers Empire. [more inside]