I cannot deny that I just love the basic premise, because it is grounded in such a wonderful insanity, America, simply on the grounds of stubbornly refusing to admit defeat, insisting on going all the way to fucking Mars, no matter the cost, just out of a sense of "We deserve to win because this is America!"
So, the premise is that the Soviet's land on the Moon first, and the Space Race escalates from there.
A more achievable response would probably be a manned Venus flyby, but I can imagine the politicians would only settle for landing on Mars.I cannot deny that I just love the basic premise, because it is grounded in such a wonderful insanity, America, simply on the grounds of stubbornly refusing to admit defeat, insisting on going all the way to fucking Mars, no matter the cost, just out of a sense of "We deserve to win because this is America!"
Not easy to have the Soviets on the Moon first, indeed. Main PITA is the insane rivalries between Glushko (prostituting his tremendous engine knowledge to whoever rocket builder is the present Politburo favorite) and the three strong pig of personalities of rocket builders - Yangel, Korolev, and Chelomei.It was pointed out elsewhere that there are a lot of problems with the idea of the Soviets making it to the moon first - I did see one realistic take on it on an AH website, but it required a major disaster in the US programme, the Soviets didn't pull it off till the early 1970s, and even then it was a very Soviet affair with landing multiple unmanned capsules because only one of them might work on the way back up, etc.
I think it's being emphasized for us in the advertising because it's taking this moment we think we know from history, one of great national and human triumph, and juxtaposing it with the negative response of the people seeing it to build up the feeling of it being wrong before we're confronted with the actual moment it becomes clear.I did think that too - I'd expect some depressed reactions but the trailer presents it as a moment of dread horror, like Mount Rushmore rotted to reveal large decaying skulls underneath
That's right. It will be only 60 minutes of discussion about fuel mixtures. The other 60 minutes will be discussion of rocket design.Clearly how the Soviets get there isn't that important. The story is what matters, its not going to be some rivet counting AH with 120 minutes of discussion about fuel mixtures, thank God.