Starring Sean Penn, Hulu original sci-fi, The First, canceled or renewed?
The First has served us with high voltage eight episodes. Now Hulu has canceled it. Here is the recap, cast, plot, cancellation reasons.
The First is a sci-fi drama television series created by Beau Willimon. The series follows the group of astronauts who are planning to become the first humans to visit Mars.
The series is produced by British Channel 4 in collaboration with the American network Hulu. It first hit the screen on September 14, 2018. Season 1 ran for eight episodes, and the finale of the series finale premiered on September 14, 2018. Since the finale, fans were waiting for season 2. But to the fan’s dismay, Hulu canceled the series on January 18, 2019.
Why The First Season 2 canceled?
Well, there are various reasons why the series got canceled. Fans were complaining that they did not what they had expected. The show was supposed to show space, but, unfortunately, the creators have failed to do so. Willimon, during speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, said-
“If we rushed it, and got to space too soon, we would be neglecting a huge portion of the story.”
Maybe creators are right, but fans wanted to see some space drama. Instead, they get earth drama.
The second disliking of the fans is the pace of the series. Though the creators wanted to invest time in character development, too much of it destroyed the action part. For most of season 1, we only see talking, which obviously fans not enjoyed much.
The Cast of The First? Who is in it?
The main cast of the series comprises five astronauts, that includes Sean Penn as Tom Hagerty, Hannah Ware as Sadie Hewitt, Keiko Agena as Aiko Hakari, LisaGay Hamilton as Kayla Price, and James Ransone as Nick Fletcher. Other main cast includes Natascha McElhone as Laz Ingram, the CEO of Vista, Julia Badinger as Laz, Anna Jacoby-Heron as Denise Hagerty, Tom’s daughter. Eden Grace Redfield portrays a young Denise in a recurring role, Rey Lucas as Matteo Vega, Brian Lee Franklin as Lawrence, Oded Fehr as Eitan Hafri, Norbert Leo Butz as Matthew Dawes.
The Plot of The First. What is it about?
The story is set in the year 2030. The narrative commences with an initial effort at the mission ceasing in despair and failure. The new group of people including Sadie Hewitt, Aiko Hakari, Kayla Price, and Nick Fletcher with the supervision of astronaut Tom Hagerty was appointed for the mission. They all had conflicts in their profession and personal life.
Sadie Hewitt’s wife Ollie wanted to have children but Sadie always told her that it was not the right time. Soon Ollie started liking Nick Fletcher who used to say nice things about her. Kayla Price was a lesbian and upset about Tom being in charge of the mission.
Laz was answerable for the finance of the mission. The Mars mission was funded by a public-private partnership, so she had to answer two sets of people. The cash was constantly affected by various political and public factors.
During the whole series, they were getting prepared for the mission and involved in the activity.
The supervisor and single father Tom is juggling his relationship with his teenage daughter Denise, who was a drug addict.
At the finale, the team was all set to land on Mars. Well, we will never see what will happen further.
Trailer of The First
Hulu has officially canceled the series. So there is a possibility that we may never get season 2 of the series. Till any further news, enjoy the stunning trailer from season 1 of the series.
Rating of The First?
The First got mixed responses from fans and critics and rated accordingly on various platforms.
IMDB rating- 6.7 out of 10.
Rotten Tomatoes- The First scored an approval rating of 68%, with an average rating of 6.3 out of 10.
Metacritic– the series got 61 out of 100 based on 28 critics.
Where Can We Watch The First?
As it is Hulu original and co-produced with Channel, it is available on Hulu and Chanel 4 as well to watch. You can also watch it on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
The series is a nice drama with super talented actors and an engaging plot. However, you can not say it is science fiction. The sci-fi lovers are very disappointed with the series. Well, the creators told the fans that they have to develop characters and cannot straight away jump to space. But the fans are not satisfied with the response. Ultimately, Hulu had to cancel it.
If you just want to enjoy a good drama, you can go for it.
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