Synopsis: U.S. fighter pilots are recruited to test experimental aircraft and rockets to become first Mercury astronauts. Do they have The Right Stuff?
The Right Stuff tells the story of the First Seven Americans to go into Space. Based on the novel by Tom Wolfe. The first two episodes of this compelling drama focus on how the Astronauts were selected and how the seven dealt with the level of celebrity that being the first US Astronauts awarded them.
Out of 108 test pilots. Only seven are chosen and those included Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. In these opening two episodes, it is the competition between John Glen and Alan Shepard that drives the story. Added to that we also learn about Gordon Cooper’s marriage troubles, which he attempts to hide from the program.
These first two episodes showed the seven astronauts as they worked and played hard during an era where the USA was in a race against the USSR to be the first in space. Much of the focus is on John Glen and Alan Shepard and the rivalry that the two shared.
Patrick J. Adams comes out the gates strong as John Glen who is the oldest of the 7 Astronauts chosen. Furthermore, Glen was the one that knew how to play the media game and was arguably the most all -American of the pilots. Adams provides a believable charismatic performance and is likable from the start. Taking on the role of Glen’s rival Alan Shepard is Jake McDorman. Alan Shepard is the cocky one out of the seven and was the first to go out into space.
All the cast perform well, but unfortunately, the opening two episodes only really focus on Shepard, Glen and Gordon Cooper. I hope this trend changes as we get further into the story.
Undoubtedly, The Right stuff is a pretty big story and has a lot of moving parts. Also, as a fan of the 1983 movie adaptation of this story. I was a little worried about how Disney would go about adapting the story. Especially when you look at how solid an adaptation the 1983 movie was.
Thankfully, the writers and producers behind this have managed to do a reasonable job and haven’t screwed the pooch. The opening two episodes pretty much set up the characters and the rivalry between the astronauts and how their missions affected their personal lives. While this does not surpass the 1983 movie. It does a respectable job of matching it.
Overall. A pretty solid opening two episodes, which has made me excited to see how the production will go about most likely bettering the space missions that we’ll see in episodes to come.
- CGI & Stunts9.6
- Incidental Music8.5