The first manned mission to the Moon during the Space Race in the late 1960s was a global success for NASA and the United States. But this drama answers the question: “What if the Space Race had never ended?”
In an alternate timeline, the USSR beats the US to the Moon; thus setting its first Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, on it. Dubbed as “Red Moon”, this event leaves NASA in devastation. This doesn’t mean those working there have given up as they challenge the Soviet Union a second time to show that there is no giving up on hope.
Queer Plotline Timeline
Through season one, Ellen’s sexuality is a secret to most. In keeping with the times, she knows she has to make sacrifices to be an astronaut. But the plot echoes and compliments the space race and America itself.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1, Episode 4 “Prime Crew” – We find out Ellen and Pam the bartender are in a relationship, however Ellen is in a beard relationship with a gay man, Larry, who works at NASA to keep up appearances.
- Season 1, Episode 6 “Home Again” – Fearful of an impending FBI investigation, Ellen wants to break up with Pam.
- Season 1, Episode 7 “Hi, Bob” – Ellen and Larry get married to hide their sexuality.
- Season 1, Episode 10 “City Upon a Hill” – After a disastrous launch, Ellen comes out to Deke thinking they’re going to die. He takes it badly, telling her to never tell anyone else. Ed’s wife, Nancy, brings Pam to the family room so she can know what’s happening. After Deke dies, Ellen sends Ed back to earth and remains the lone American on the moon.
- Season 3, Episode 9 “Coming Home” – While holding office as President of the United States, Ellen comes out to the world in an unscheduled press conference.