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The First is surprisingly pompous, inflated by its soundtrack... But stick with it.
As flawed as I found the first season, I'll admit, it hooked me enough that I'm interested to see how they live life on Mars.
[Tom] acts like a complex hero in this post-"Sopranos" era, but the aimless writing and the arty editing leave him flat.
Visually compelling with a nicely pensive music score - courtesy of Colin Stetson of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver - "The First" is otherwise plodding and padded.
Penn is solid and stolid as Hagerty, conveying more depth in the scenes with his family than he does with his crew.
The First could be made of stronger stuff than it is. Its use of imagery and a drawling, unidentified voice-over philosophizer are both recurrent and generally intrusive.
Sadly mistaken for a full on sci fi epic, The First is a drama quest on our limits and emotions. Sean Penn shines. [Full review in Spanish].
The First needs to up its game or it's headed for the black hole of oblivion.
The seriousness of the subject doesn't entirely explain the solemnity of this pilot episode, nor the glacial pacing.
For a show about people looking up to the stars in wonder, its gaze is disappointingly earthbound.
Even with a thruster rocket full of inspirational motivations and overly meticulous visuals, The First really doesn't have anything new to say, up close or in the big picture.
Audience Reviews for The First: Season 1
3d agoA masterpiece. And too good for this world.
Mar 03, 2021Elon Musk: please finance the production of Season 2 (and seasons 3,4,5...). This is what I would like to watch every night. Really well played tv-drama.
Nov 26, 2020Hoping for a decent Sci-Fi but all I got was Existential crises from the 90% all main female cast some lgbtq, some me too in 2030, some mental and most just boring. While 1 Man trys to hold them all together. Shows even in the future Wahmen arent cut out for... well anything. Not Sexist or rasist. I dare you to watch this garbage & tell me otherwise. Oh & Spoilers! No One goes to Mars. All you get is 1 Strong P*nis and 10 whiney Venus! z
Sep 15, 2020Who doesn't love a good space drama that puts the stakes of mankind's thirst for exploration front and center? The premise is exhilarating and full of promise only to be dragged down by the fatal error of weaving in weak personal stories of the astronauts. The inter-personal hardships that are supposed to show the humanity of each astronauts conflicts as they set forth on a multi year exploration to Mars are both trite and boring. On top of that a massive distraction. The yawn inducing cliches woven into Sean Penns young daughters substance abuse issues as a result of her mothers fatal demise is time that could have been better spent on screen time showing the stress inducing intricacies of planning a mission to Mars and its political ramifications. The First deals with that too, but wastes time and acting energy on the meaningless stories of the astronauts personal lives. Such a bummer in what would have otherwise been an amazing effort.
Sep 12, 2020Watched this after watching Away on Netflix. Why did this not get reviewed? Fantastic performance by Sean. I would have loved to see another couple seasons. I hope Away does not suffer the same fate.
Sep 11, 2020Why did Hulu not renew? Such a great performance by Sean. I am mysitified by what programming becomes popular.
Jun 17, 2020I really wanted to like this show. But I just can't get past Sean Penn.
Jun 07, 2020Loved the emotional ride and character development.
Apr 20, 2020For a show about the first people to Mars, there was not enough actual going to Mars. It really is that simple. The last episode should have been spliced with the first to be the first episode, with the rest of that interpersonal and political drama thrown in later as flashbacks. This show taunts you on Amazon Prime with an image of space and the claim that it's a show about the first people to Mars. It then proceeds to show exactly two clips of 'Mars' throughout the entire season, and about as much space as there is between a super model's butt cheeks. Abhorrent garbage, do not recommend, not even if you have the time to waste.
Mar 05, 2020I had not heard any buzz about "The First" but I love sci-fi so I tuned in. I was grabbed in the first episode by the events (with undertones to the not too distant past). I thought the casting of Sean Penn was either brilliant or a monumental misstep. Turns out it was brilliant and maybe his best work to date. I am so saddened the series has been cancelled (though the second year would be much more difficult to write). I can understand that the ratings were not great as this was an adult series geared to adults and so few of us are left. I loved the feelings and human interactions (and realistic portrayal of dysfunction) and did not miss 5 explosions per minute or cgi robot battles one bit. "The First" is an artistic, somber series with depth. Such things appear still--even boring--to those who lack the wisdom or are too shallow to explore what is underneath.