‘The First’ Series Premiere Review
Earlier today, new Hulu original series titled, The First premiered on the streaming platform fictionally chronicling the first effort to send people to mars starring Sean Penn as Captain Tom Hagerty. At the beginning though, Hagerty isn’t a part of the first mission to mars, which turns out to be a great thing because that rocket explodes due to some mysterious mechanical error, ultimately killing the 5 astronauts that took off for their first mission to mars.
Despite everyone’s shock, sadness and horror, Laz Ingram (played by Natascha McElhone from the most recently saved show by Netflix, Designated Survivor) tries to help everyone keep it together. Professionally anyway, as what I think is the boss of the company, or at least in charge and making a lot of money from it. Hagerty comes back to try to console the families and encourages Ingram to do the same. And eventually she does. But the family members don’t take it too well. As to be expected.
But it turns out Ingram isn’t taking it all that well either. She even has her car go at her at full speed, just for her car to automatically stop right in front of her (thanks to technology). Hagerty sweetly consoles the astronauts’ family members but we also learn that he has baggage of his own; his teenage daughter previously ran away and she’s what I’m assuming is a drug addict. But she comes back to his apartment after watching the rocket explode on TV.
All in all, there’s still a lot of questions I’m asking, like: why did the rocket explode, what happened between Hagerty and his daughter, what happened to his wife, and what are they all going to do now post-explosion? But I also have the rest of the season to answer at least some of those questions. That aside, I thought it was a relatively entertaining episode and I’m excited to see what happens next.
All 8 episodes of the first season of The First is now available on Hulu