Krys Marshall (L) and Joel Kinnaman will be seen in ‘For All Mankind’ Season 3, beginning Friday. Photo courtesy of Apple TV+
NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) — Joel Kinnaman and Krys Marshall say their NASA astronaut characters Ed Baldwin and Danielle Poole initially dislike the concept of privatized space travel in season 3 of For all mankind.
Set in the early 1990s, Season 3 of the alternate history drama debuts on Apple TV+ on Friday. It opens with Ed and Danielle attending a friend’s wedding at a fancy space hotel owned by Ed’s ex-wife, Karen (Shantel VanSanten).
“He’s cautiously skeptical. He doesn’t think ordinary people should shoot in space because they don’t have training,” Kinnaman told UPI of Ed in a recent phone interview. .
“Space tourism? Come on! It’s like surgeon tourism. You can’t do something serious like that,” Marshall said.
“Helio’s thought process and ideology is categorically different from NASA’s ideology,” she added, referring to the tech company that bought the hotel from Karen after a high-profile incident.
“NASA is a big believer in ‘have a hypothesis, test it, have a hypothesis, test it.’ The scientific method. Test it over and over and over again until we can get it right, and the mistakes they make hurt. Lives are at stake.”
Danielle saw several pioneer friends die from mistakes made in space, and it made her suspicious of Helio’s preoccupation with comfort, luxury, and aesthetics rather than beauty. security and troubleshooting.
“She knows what the consequences are when you’re unprepared, when you make mistakes or when you rush.” said Marshal.
“The Helio process is the exact opposite: ‘Let’s go. Let’s be first, whatever the cost.’ They believe in meals made by Wolfgang Puck, while NASA people eat beige oatmeal.We certainly have a different set of goals.
Despite his doubts about his latest adventures, Ed supports Karen in her transformation from housewife to successful bar owner and ultimately hotelier from heaven.
“Even though they are divorced and Ed has a new wife, Karen is still his life partner in many ways,” Kinnaman explained.
“He will always get her back,” he said. “Over the past 10 years, it has completely reinvented itself and established itself.
“She was stuck in the shadow of Ed and the shadow of their grief [their son] She and Shane realized that she needed to take a different path and break free from the shackles that had been her previous life.
“It could have been a great life, but it ended up being a prison.”
Ed and Karen are still mourning their friends, Tracy and Gordo Stevens (Sarah Jones and Michael Dorman), who died on the moon in Season 2, leaving behind two grown sons for the Baldwins and Poole to care for.
“One of the most fascinating things for me as an actor in season three was the relationship between Ed and Danny,” Kinnaman said of Stevens’ (Casy Johnson) oldest child, who is also astronaut.
“In the fairy tale version of the world, Danny becomes Ed’s son since Danny and Shane were best friends. Shane dies, and then Gordo, who is Ed’s best friend, dies,” the actor said.
“Of course Ed will accept his son as his son, but we don’t live in a fantasy world in For all mankind. It is more complicated than that. Danny just sees Ed very differently and Karen even more differently,” he said, referring to how Danny is in love with Karen and sees Ed as a rival for her affections even though they are no longer married.
“It bodes for some pretty good drama,” Kinnaman said of how the writers excel in unpredictable “sharp left turns.”
A conflict also exists this season between Ed and Danielle, who compete for the title of the first team leader to carry out a mission on Mars.
“They sacrificed for each other and they love each other and then here [in Season 3]their ambitions are on a collision course,” Kinnaman said.
“This competition doesn’t bring out the best in either of them. But their relationship and friendship goes way beyond the specifics of this competition. He lost his son, he lost his wife, while he’s still left. he? His legacy.”
Marshall disagrees, saying she thinks the rivalry drives them to be the best versions of themselves.
“Their competition doesn’t let either of them back down,” she said, noting how she and Kinnaman work that way on the show as well.
“It’s reflected in our relationship…. We’re those two people who hold opposite sides of a rope like a tug of war. We’re both pulling at it, and that tension is very tangible and allows for better storytelling. .”
While Ed’s personal life might be a bit of a mess this season — his latest new bride isn’t staying long — Danielle is seen enjoying domestic bliss with a new husband and stepson.
“Our writers are really good at giving Danielle a great love life and snatching it away from her,” the actress said, with a nod to the Vietnam Season 1 veteran husband she lost to suicide as she she was on the lunar colony of Jamestown.
“This year has been similar. We finally see that she has healed her heart and is a wife again after being widowed and a mother-in-law after never having children, and then everything will be hers. abducted again when it heads for Mars,” Marshall said. “Poor Danielle. She can’t take a break.”
Taking a NASA crew to Mars — and beating Ed for the honor — is a pretty good consolation prize, the actress acknowledged.
“We have little glimmers of Danielle throughout the season,” she said. “There’s this fanatical admiration for space and so, as hard as it is to leave her husband and son behind, she also feels like she has bigger fish to fry.
“She’s also religious. We see her with the Bible and referencing the Bible. I think she feels like there’s a higher purpose for her to go and explore the universe and experience life. on another planet.
“It’s more important than her need to be comfortable at home in Houston.”