A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It discusses the private space race, and the passion people have about going into space and developing the technology to do it.
Positive Role Models
Participants selected for the first all-civilian orbital flight are said to represent the mission's pillars of Leadership, Hope. Prosperity, and Generosity.
The Inspiration4 team, including the astronauts, is comprised of men and women, and women are shown in key positions. Dr. Sian Proctor is Black, and the first Black woman to pilot a space craft. Most of the featured people involved with the project are White.
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Violence & Scariness
Childhood cancer is a theme. The Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, and the death of astronauts, are discussed. Archived video of these events is shown.
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Occasional words like "ass" and sometimes curses like "s--t" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
It's a promotional vehicle for Space X and Inspiration4. Various Inspiration4 uniforms feature logos for The North Face, NYSE, and St. Jude. The astronauts used Apple phones to record their time in orbit. Logos for Starbucks, Pepsi, and others are randomly visible, but not in a commercial context. There are references to FaceTime and Zoom.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Celebratory champagne and other alcohol is consumed in some scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space is a docuseries that followed the Inspiration4 Mission, which launched an all-civilian crew into orbit, as it unfolded. There's some occasional cursing, and some celebratory drinking is visible. Occasionally consumer logos (like The North Face) are visible on flight uniforms, and the logo St. Jude's Cancer Research organization is prominently displayed. There are brief conversations about things that can go wrong during space flights, and conversations about, and archive footage of, the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters are featured. But the overall series, while a promotional vehicle for Space X and the Inspiration4 Mission, also highlights the passion and commitment the folks involved in the project have for space exploration and travel.
Is It Any Good?
The interesting and heartfelt docuseries, which was a real-time production that followed the Inspiration4 project from the time it unfolded until its successful end, underscores the idea that the U.S. is going through a momentous period in space aviation. Referred to as "Space Race 2.0," it highlights the attempts of private citizens to launch their own space journeys, and the efforts of Space X and other private companies to develop the necessary technology and programs designed to support space tourism. But while Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space is focused on the process by which it all came together, at the heart of it are the personal stories of the astronauts, their families, and those who play a role in the success of the launch and preserving the safety of its crew. It's a natural for space fans, but anyone can appreciate the positive and emotional impact Inspiration4 had on the people who were involved in it.
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