Editor's Note: The following are spoilers for Season 3, Episode 10 of AppleTV+ series, For All Mankind.
For All Mankind Season 3, Episode 10, "Stranger in a Stranger Land," lasted for another decade, while still remaining true to the story of an unimaginable tragedy. The one-hour and 23-minute episode is packed with tension and heart-raising action, leaving plenty for us to obsess over in the future.
Ellen Waverly's season begins when she admits to the world that she is a lesbian, and the episode concludes with a discussion of her fate and possibilities. Even as the vice president, who has conservative social views, confronts her, President Waverly commits to her earlier decision to come out. However, this time with a freedom she never had before, Deke Slayton advised her to keep her in the closet for the rest of her career.
Ellen's story is still full of surprises but also filled with hope, yet season 3 finds a way to end two other women's lives and forever change two more. This group manipulates him until he discovers himself involved in a plot to bomb the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Unfortunately, Karen is murdered just after being appointed CEO of Helios.
Molly Cobb's (Sonya Walger) narrative is resolvable thanks to her prolonged exposure to radiation on the moon. She is able to lead other members of JSC to safety, after returning to her former employer to assist Ed Baldwin with a nearly impossible flight (the lights went out after the explosion).
Margo Martindale (Wrenn Schmidt) is revealed as a hero and the nameake of the new space center in a newspaper she picks up. In the final moments of the film, Aleida Rosales (Coral Pena) discovers Margo's office partially destroyed and is beside herself. Margo's assumed death seems like the obvious choice for a dramatic reunion in the early 2000s next season.
"Stranger in a Strange Land" also reveals the real first person on the Red Planet, Lee Jung-Gil (C.S. Lee). The other man dies after impact, but Jung-Gil survives, despite being ghosted by his country. It's when he encounters Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall) and Grigory Kuznetsov (Lev Gorn), who kidnap him back to his base, giving him the ability to converse videos with
Kelly Baldwin (Cynthy Wu) is nearing the end of her pregnancy and has pre-eclampsia. However, the whole crew at Happy Valley volunteer to stay behind to help her get to the Phoenix. It's strange but it works. She is now able to carry her baby safely around the planet.
Ed has a few things to deal with as the Happy Valley crew prepares to leave Mars for 18 months. Danny Stevens (Casey W. Johnson) has yet to confess that Karen cheated on him. He does however, confess that she did the drill explosion. At the end of the episode, Ed banishes Danny to North Korea's probe, promising to supply him for the remainder of their time on Mars. However, this is the first time that the audience will not get a glimpse at the world'
For All Mankind Season 4 might go to unexpected places that are impossible to anticipate thanks to a show that knows how to punch punch while also weaving perfect themes through its characters.