Mars (2016–2018)
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Darkest Days 

In 2037, the psychological pressures of life on Mars reveal themselves while the crew is trapped inside the habitat; in present-day, scientists study the effects of extreme isolation in various long-term analog missions.


Everardo Gout


Stephen Petranek (based on the book "How We'll Live on Mars" by), Ben Young Mason (developed by) | 7 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Jihae ... Hana Seung / Joon Seung
Alberto Ammann ... Javier Delgado
Clémentine Poidatz Clémentine Poidatz ... Amelie Durand
Anamaria Marinca ... Marta Kamen
Sammi Rotibi ... Robert Foucault
Tommy Lioutas Tommy Lioutas ... Brandon Mcclain (voice)
Cosima Shaw ... Leslie Richardson
Olivier Martinez ... Ed Grann
Nick Wittman ... Oliver
Antoinette Fekete Antoinette Fekete ... Sam
Kata Sarbó ... Ava Macon
Karen Gagnon Karen Gagnon ... DRB Solutions Senior Board Member
John Light ... Paul Richardson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tristan Bassingthwaighte Tristan Bassingthwaighte ... Himself - Crew Architect, HI-SEAS
Kim Binsted Kim Binsted ... Herself - Principal Investigator, HI-SEAS


It is now 2037, and numerous additional colonists have arrived. A variety of wings have been added to the base camp which is now called Olympus. A massive dust storm blocks out the sun for many weeks. Lack of light and power shortages test the sanity and mental toughness of the entire population. Solar power is lost immediately, and a backup nuclear reactor is soon disabled by lightning emanating from the dust clouds. Drastic power conservation measures are ordered. This forces light to be cut off in the plant-growing area, where biologist/geneticist Paul Richardson has been nursing small crops of Mars-evolved wheat. All of his plants die within days in the darkness. Desperately, he preserves one specimen in a lighted box, as he is slowly driven insane. The dust begins to clear and as the sun shines again, Paul has a psychotic break which causes him to open the airlock to the science wing. Paul and six others in the wing die from decompression and the laboratory is destroyed. Written by William Manatee

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Release Date:

12 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Erfoud, Morocco See more »

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Imagine Entertainment See more »
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Impossible fiction
17 December 2018 | by fernando-e-parodiSee all my reviews

It is impossible to open that airlock so easy. Currently any industrial environment is equipped with 2 or 3 safety overrides to avoid that to happen. If killing people in Mars is the line, screenwriters should use another more real way to express that on the show.

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