The unique premise of For All Mankind makes it one of the most interesting series out right now. The Apple TV+ show reimagines the Space Race but if the Soviet Union got to the Moon first. Of course, regardless of how cool a concept is, a show won’t work unless the characters are intriguing.
Thankfully, For All Mankind boasts an impressive array of characters who all have their own sets of strengths and flaws. Some of them are very likable and audiences love watching them, while others do things that frustrate the viewers. Regardless, all of them are fantastic to watch as their lives unfold, especially with season two having just premiered.
When the series begins, Margo Madison (Wrenn Schmidt) comes across as quite likable. She’s an aspiring woman trapped in a man’s world and fights against it to rise through the ranks. However, when the show jumps a few years into the future, she seems to have stagnated.
Margo gets passed up for a promotion, seemingly because someone else was better at the job. Margo ends up blackmailing her way into a seat of power. Once there, she’s a bit unbearable. Her treatment of Aleda seems to come from a good place but it borders on manipulation and she orders the astronauts to leave Molly to die in space.
Some of the characters in the series are based on real people, including Deke Slayton (Chris Bauer). Here, Deke is an astronaut who never got to go to space due to a heart condition. He still holds some power and uses it to train the astronauts ahead of their travels.
At first, there’s concern that he’s against the female astronauts, though that’s just because they’re untrained, not due to their gender. After that, Deke is relatively fine and kind of likable. He throws that away in his final scenes, though, when on the verge of death, he still fails to accept Ellen’s sexuality and chastises her instead, erasing his good will with the fans.
Similar to Margo, fans can immediately gravitate towards Aleida Rosales (Coral Peña) because she’s a girl who wants to be more with her life. Her story seems a bit separated from the rest of the plot as audiences see her experience the Space Race as a wide-eyed kid.
She eventually bonds with Margo and proves how smart she is. However, Aleida attempts to throw it all away over a boy she likes. Still, as a teenager, that kind of choice is somewhat understandable. The fact that she gets less screen time to fully develop also holds her back.