The hardest thing about living on Mars… is us. Mars returns November 12 on National Geographic.
Season 2 of National Geographic’s Mars will premiere this November according to an official announcement from the network. The second season of the hybrid scripted television series and science documentary represents an interesting step forward for Nat Geo, as the network continues to dip its toe into the realm of scripted dramas, while also staying true to the nature and intent of its other programming. That challenge is made even more difficult as the series itself teeters on the edge of being science fiction, even though it comes at it from an angle grounded in science.
Season 1 of Mars saw the first successful manned mission to the planet, resulting in a human settlement. As was made clear in the announcement by Nat Geo, the new season will follow the advancements made by the crew in the Martian colony by jumping forward several years in time. That will not only allow the dramatic portion of the series to tackle a fresh batch of problems, beyond initializing a settlement on a planet other than Earth, but also give the series’ “Big Thinkers” a new series of topics when discussing the real science, logistical concerns, and more of putting human beings on the Red Planet.