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‘For All Mankind’ 3×07 Review: “Bring It Down”

For All Mankind 3x07 Joel Kinnaman as Ed Baldwin and Lev Gorn as Grigory Kuznetsov
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  1. Meg says:

    Yay, someone who was able to put my feelings about this episode into words! When everything is really distressing but SO well-done.

    Jimmy’s storyline and character make perfect sense to me (and yeah, depending on how it resolves itself, it’s on the level with most of the other writing). In one sense, he knows that the story NASA tells about his parents’ sacrifice is true. He knows too many people at NASA to know that there wasn’t a cover up that his conspiracy theorist friends think there was. But on an emotional level, as a kid who was only in high school when both of his parents died, it *doesn’t* make sense to him. Parents are supposed to always be there, and yet his weren’t. So even though the part that doesn’t add up to him is different from Sunny & Co, it makes sense that he’d gravitate towards them. (also because he couldn’t work it through with Danny beecause Danny just turned to drinking and drugs, a la Tracy).

    Since 3.01 I’ve been convinced that Ed wasn’t going to make it off of Mars, but I don’t think I expected it to be LIKE THIS (if this *is* how he dies).

    As much as I hate it, and fully believe that 90% of our country’s problems stem from Reagan’s presidency, Ellen being a Republican makes sense to me. Tom was her mentor, and he was a Nixon Republican. Also, in a heightened Cold War, NASA was seen by the executive branch as much more of a military asset than a research program. So even though she’s looking at it from a more idealistic standpoint, the country doesn’t/isn’t. Her winning the nomination also make sense in a country that actually RATIFIED the ERA within the stupid timeline. Also, in general, even though most Democrats thought that queer people should be treated like human beings, they still weren’t fully in favor of gay marriage. Obama himself was opposed to it in 2008 (or, he claimed he was). And lastly, though it’s impossible to conceive of right now, in the 80’s and 90’s there were far more liberal Republicans (McCain AT THE TIME) and conservative Democrats (Clinton AT THE TIME). So she’s in the liberal Republican vein. The racist AF backlash to Obama is what changed that.

    But why is Larry always IN THE OVAL with her?! They aren’t co-presidents. AS IF Hillary would’ve let Bill be anywhere NEAR the Oval once it was hers.

    Loved the nod to lesbian First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

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