Ronald D. Moore’s For All Mankind Takes Some Inspiration from Deep Space Nine

Apple’s World-wide Developers’ Conference (or WWDC) event yesterday featured a sneak peek at some new AppleTV+ content from former Star Trek producer Ronald D. Moore.

IGN has a good article running down the trailer, and analysis of how Moore’s past projects may influence this new one. Firstly, you should note that when they showed the trailer, they billed Ronald D. Moore as “the creator of Battlestar Galactica and the producer of Star Trek”. That’s important because it’s not entirely true. While Moore developed the rebooted Battlestar Galactica in 2003, he didn’t create it. That honor goes to Glen A. Larson, who developed the original Battlestar Galactica in the late 1970s. And as anyone who has ever watched Star Trek knows, Moore was certainly one of a relatively small group of talented producers that helmed Star Trek over the years, but he’s hardly the producer. Pedantry aside, Moore does bring some serious production chops to the table, and Apple is right to be proud of his helming the show. In addition to producing Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he’s also the producer behind the hit period romance drama Outlander, which was adapted from the book series of the same name.

But back to the trailer. In it, we see what looks to be the world watching the famous Apollo 11 moon landing. But we soon realize that it isn’t the United States but the Soviet Union making the landing, and it’s apparent that this is not quite a historical piece. The rest of the trailer looks as though it will be an examination of an alternate future, where the Soviets made it to the moon before the Americans, setting off a huge space race, heading towards Mars and beyond.

IGN do a good job of drawing a parallel between Deep Space Nine and what we’ve seen in the trailer: “Ignoring the outer space trappings, the biggest similarity between Deep Space Nine and For All Mankind is the focus on humanity struggling to overcome its worst impulses and achieve a brighter future for itself. Both Deep Space Nine and For All Mankind seem built around the same basic notion that humanity is capable of wondrous achievements, but also that humans will always be susceptible to their worst impulses when given an opportunity.”

The trailer is available to watch now on YouTube and the show, For All Mankind, is widely expected to drop when AppleTV+ does, sometime this Fall.

Alison Pitt