Critic Consensus: Sean Penn gives an intensely poignant performance as the driven but conflicted Tom Hagerty in The First's rather slow-moving first season.
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The series may well develop into an absorbing character-led take on humankind's dream of exploring the solar system, but Willimon seemed to be relying on the audience having a bite at the second episode before deciding.
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.
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