The last manned Apollo mission to the moon is juxtaposed with Georges Méliès' filming of A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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The last manned Apollo mission to the moon is juxtaposed with Georges Méliès' filming of A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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Most of the people in the series are portrayed in a visually accurate manner. However Ed Fendell, who controlled the TV camera on the lunar rover from his position in Mission control, is shown as having a full head of black hair, whereas in reality he was practically bald. See more »

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Emmett Seaborn: What we learned about the moon you see is not nearly as important as our going there. Apollo 8, witnesses to the first earthrise in the conciousness of man. Apollo 17, Gene Cernan takes that remarkable photo of Jack Schmitt standing on the moon with the Earth over his shoulder. See that's why we went to the moon. To take those pictures. We didn't go there to conquer it or claim it or simply beat the Russians to it. Sure, we wanted to find out what the moon was made of to satisfy questions of ...
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The Queen's Dispatch
Written by Graham de Wilde (as Graham DeWilde)
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Disappointing finish to the series
16 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another unsuccessful attempt at being creative with the storytelling, the final episode of this series misses the mark. First, we're subjected to Hanks hamming it up as a fictional character, and second, there were so many good stories to be told about Apollo 17, etc. Why focus on this angle? Oh well ... don't blame Tchéky Karyo for the crappy writing here! He is good as Georges Méliès, but again, the whole episode doesn't work well. The "flashback" interviews are the best part of the episode, but why not explore the experiences of Gene Cernan more fully? He was the last man to walk on the moon, and we haven't been back. That in itself could be a whole episode. Also ignored in the process of the final episodes was Charlie Duke, one of the more engaging astronauts ever (along the lines of Alan Bean, who got his own episode in the series). Duke was CAPCOM for Apollo 11's landing, too, and then walked on the moon during Apollo 16's mission. He's basically ignored by the writers. Too bad they chose this kind of random way to end the series, because there were some good stories missed elsewhere in the process. One thing all writers should learn in college is that the conclusion of any written endeavor has to outdo the introduction, and on this note, the series fails with this episode.


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