Challenger: The Final Flight: Miniseries (2020)


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Challenger: The Final Flight

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Air date: Sep 16, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Challenger: The Final Flight Miniseries

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

Junge and Leckart go with a storytelling approach that's simply informative, and hardly inspired.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

They do what good documentarians do: contextualize a major moment in a way that clarifies it for people who weren't alive when it happened and makes it more vivid for those who were.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Challenger: The Final Flight is an effective time machine, taking me back to a formative moment that I, like so many people, was obsessed with as a child.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The docuseries isn't just about newsmagazine-style journalism. We learn the back stories of the crew... There are heartbreaking moments reminding us these brave and bold explorers were also lovely, caring, real people.

Sep 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Final Flight could be a lot more focused. But Leckart and Junge ultimately have the goods, and they do deliver.

Sep 16, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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[Challenger: The Final Flight] may not offer any earth-shattering revelations about NASA's most famous catastrophe... But the series does take a deep dive into the story, providing no small amount of drama and some eye-opening details.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The tragic tale remains a dark mark on the history of NASA, but Challenger never loses sight of the human loss at the center of this sad event.

Sep 25, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The four-part documentary doesn't reveal much new info about the space shuttle explosion that killed six astronauts and a high school social studies teacher, but it's revealing nonetheless...

Sep 18, 2020 | Full Review…

There are few revelations that justify the four-hour running time of Netflix's now-streaming docu-series about the 1986 space shuttle explosion.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Challenger: The Final Flight is haunting and effective with incredible archive footage to back up NASA's biggest failure.

Sep 17, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

[It] sometimes gets caught up in the technical details of the shuttle or the cascading dissension at NASA a tad too long... But at its core, [It] presents a moving legacy for the brave crew members who died in the U.S.'s most notable space tragedy.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Where the series shines is in the little details.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Challenger: The Final Flight: Miniseries

  • 23h ago
    No mention of Roger Boisjoly? Why?
  • 5d ago
    Excellent series! Growing up I didn't understand the subtleties and now as an experienced project manager, learning about it again was a whole new experience. As a project manager I've seen this kind of thing happen. I know exactly what engineer Brian Russell felt like. I cried, not only for the Challenger but for all the times that this exact same scenario plays out over and over all over the globe.
  • Sep 21, 2020
    This was an enjoyable and saddening documentary with a good mix of excellent footage, details about the crew, and accounts from people working with/for NASA. It's quite shocking to find out that there was this recurring o-ring issue, and yet NASA decided to keep launching people. The documentary clearly explains that there were some serious mistakes made by people inside NASA and gives an engaging outline of the events pre and post launch. The discussions of the lives of the crew members was also very interesting and upsetting to hear. This is definitely one of the best space documentaries I've seen.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    I have watched dozens of NASA and Space Program documentaries and read many books on the subject, and consider myself somewhat of an amateur historian of the space program. And this is by far the best documentary of the Challenger disaster. When you watch a lot of NASA documentaries you tend to see the same footage over and over. But his series had so much new, never before seen footage. Other Challenger documentaries give focus almost exclusively to Christa Mcauliffe but this series also does a good job highlighting the other astronauts. I actually wanted to see more about each of them. But obviously the fact that Christa Mcauliffe would have been the first teacher in space, it obviously was one of the things that made this event so dramatic. One thing I noticed is how the series deliberately never mentions Roger Boisjoly nor Arnie Thompson - the two engineers from Morton Thiokol who were trying to stop the launch. Those interviewed only refer to Roger as "The Chief Engineer". Boisjoly died back in 2007 and I wonder if his family did not want to participate in this documentary, or why they didn't mention him by name since he was such a prominent figure in this story. I read a review in the news about this series that said there's no real central villain, but rather it was "the system" that was to blame. I disagree with that. The series is pretty direct about Larry Malloy and William Lucas being the "villains" in this failure. Although it was certainly a systemic failure. I think the series could've benefited from a 5th episode to delve deeper into some areas such as the chain of events that led to the explosion. We know it was the failure of the O-rings, but they never go into the real cause beyond that which I think would be useful to show. But all in all this was a fantastic series that really focused on the people and families.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    ‘The last flight', expertly edited and slickly produced, provides a great deal of background on the crew and families of the Challenger mission. Yet, it fails to investigate or let alone answer questions around why the space shuttle took off at all on that fateful January morning in 1986. Particularly troubling is the almost complete omission of Roger Boisjoly's crucial involvement in uncovering unethical (some might say criminal) corporate behaviour and a deeply flawed chain of command at NASA. Unfortunately, this documentary, like its subject matter, never reaches its destination.

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