Mars is one of the most unique shows on TV. It's about a mission to Mars but that isn't all it's about. In between the imaginary story being told, the show cuts into interviews about what we are doing NOW to make a Mars landing a possibility one day. They really go into the hard science and always stress how insanely difficult such a real life mission to Mars would be. I like the dichotomy. It's like learning and seeing the application of that knowledge in a story that is very compelling.
We follow the first manned mission to Mars and the six person team chosen from around the world. It's not going to be an easy job when help is not forthcoming if something catastrophic happens and there are a millions things that can go wrong.