'For All Mankind' Season 3 Episode 2: Will Apple TV+ show introduce first female POTUS pipping Bill Clinton?
'For All Mankind' is a show that hinges heavily on the one twist that spawns multiple storylines. The very premise of the hit Apple TV+ show was the Soviets beating America in the space race, and with season 3 all about getting the first man on Mars, the eight-episode installment also promises a few shockers along the way with one of them being the possibility of a new and the first female President of the United States.
Set in the 90s, the show sees America before Bill Clinton became President after winning the '92 Presidential Elections. He was the 42nd POTUS succeeding George HW Bush. However, the show pits him against Jodi Balfour's Ellen Wilson who puts her hat in the ring. She's shown to be massively involved in a rather ambitious political career and that makes for an interesting storyline. If the show decides to make her President, it shouldn't come as a surprise since it has a penchant for altering history.
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To quickly recap her role, Wilson was one of NASA's female astronaut candidates slated to make the trip to the moon, however, the space program gets to the brink of termination due to the death of Patty Doyle (Cass Buggé). In the end, Wilson is picked to be one of the four women to join NASA's astronaut unit and makes her mission on Apollo 19. Further cementing her character, the show sees her chosen as the commander for Apollo 24. As far as her POTUS aspirations go, she makes for a perfect candidate. Wilson can be best described as tough, level-headed, loyal, and a believer in fulfilling any purpose she sets out to achieve.
However, her sexual orientation could be one of the decisive factors that may dent her Presidential campaign. She is revealed to be lesbian and was shown to be in a relationship with Pam Horton. In order to stave off any doubts, she marries her gay friend Larry Wilson. The second episode sees her take a dig at Clinton in the form of a TV commercial that sees him increase the sales tax in Arkansas by 33% and his run for Presidency will result in every American paying more taxes. The ad describes Wilson as a "true American hero" with the promise of a better future.
There's no telling if the show ends with Wilson as President, but if it does, the ramifications of the move on NASA remain to be seen.
'For All Mankind' Season 3 Episode 2 is streaming on Apple TV+