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Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor
The first all-civilian mission on a SpaceX Crew Dragon is getting the star treatment.Netflix plans to produce a documentary, “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space,” following the adventures of the Inspiration4 crew scheduled to launch to space for a three-day mission later in 2021.
The privately chartered Inspiration4 plans to fly four people to space in September, including billionaire Jared Isaacman, cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux (whom Isaacman invited), data engineer Chris Sembroski and geoscientist, science communicator and artist Sian Proctor. Sembroski and Proctor’s seats were awarded from contests that Isaacman ran in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — also Arcenaux’s workplace and the spot where she received her cancer treatments years ago.
The documentary will be co-produced by Time Studios, and is directed by Jason Hehir — creator of the Michael Jordan series “The Last Dance.”
For Netflix, Inspiration4 will represent a new shift to near real-time documentary production, according to Deadline. The mission launch is scheduled for Sept. 15, and Netflix will be releasing two pairs of episodes about it on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13. The final of the series will be live at the end of September. (Naturally, this schedule assumes the launch happens on time.)
“The quick-turnaround series will take viewers behind the scenes with the four crew members — from their unconventional selection and intensive months-long commercial astronaut training, through the intimate and emotional moments leading up to liftoff,” Deadline said in its report. “The final episode, which premieres just days after the mission is completed, will feature unprecedented access inside the spacecraft, capturing the launch and the crew.”
Netflix also plans to release a “hybrid live-action animation special for kids and families” about the mission to air Sept. 14, the day before the launch. This kid-friendly viewing option will answer some of their common questions about Inspiration4, such as how rockets work, how people eat and sleep in space, and mission basics, according to The Verge.
Like many other streaming companies, Netflix has benefited financially from the pandemic. The company stated in its July 2020 quarterly results that its subscriber growth remains ahead of forecast — now standing at 209 million paid memberships — although the company has experienced “lumpiness” as restrictions ease and the pace of new subscriptions slows.
Netflix’s decision to co-produce the Inspiration4 documentary comes weeks after two other billionaire passenger spaceflights launched and landed safely in July, days apart from each other. The crewed missions of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity (including founder Richard Branson) and Blue Origin’s New Shepard (including founder Jeff Bezos) attracted extensive commentary online in the days surrounding those two launches.
Some of the main themes of these discussions included whether the billionaires were in competition (they both denied it, even after Blue Origin released a snarky infographic about Virgin Galactic), the worth of sending rich people and their invitees into space, and what the missions will mean for the future of space tourism — questions that may also be asked of Inspiration4 as launch day approaches.
Netflix has dropped a new trailer for their upcoming semi-live docuseries Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space, giving us a more formal introduction to the four civilians journeying to space. We get a look at some of the personal stakes for each crew member and what drives them in their mission.
After a brief intro by Elon Musk on the gravity (pun intended) of the mission, we first meet Hayley Arcenaux, a childhood cancer survivor and pediatric nurse helping children through the same struggles she faced at their age, who wants to inspire other children with similar dreams. Chris Sembroski, meanwhile, is an Air Force veteran finally getting to live his dream of going to space. The trailer shows him with his wife as she prepares to send him off to orbit. Dr. Sian Proctor is a scientist driven by her father’s words of inspiration and love for space. She will become the fourth Black female American astronaut with her completion of the flight. Finally, there’s the captain of the crew, Jared Isaacman, the CEO of Shift4 payments and a highly skilled pilot, but the trailer emphasizes his love of being a father.
The whole trailer builds up each of the civilians as one of us, each with relatable goals and ambitions that carry them forward. Its sentiment is summed up perfectly by a line near the end: “These people are you and me.” As an extra feel-good aspect to this mission, it’ll also act as a massive $200 million fundraiser for St. Jude to help battle childhood cancer.
Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space is directed by Jason Hehir, the director behind the wildly successful 30 for 30 docuseries The Last Dance. It’ll be a five-episode series covering the training and lead-up to the launch and the civilian crew’s return home, but the series branches into a hybrid live event as the live launch of Inspiration4 will be broadcasted on Netflix’s YouTube channel in between Episodes 4 and 5.
Episodes 1 and 2 of the TIME docuseries drop on Netflix on September 6, followed by Episodes 3 and 4 on September 13. Then, the main event happens on September 15 with the series wrapping up at the end of the month. Check out the trailer below to meet our representatives to the stars.