Apple has added an Augmented Reality (AR) experience to For All Mankind – the For All Mankind Time Capsule which was unveiled by Apple and the co-creator of the series Ronald D Moore. The For All Mankind Time Capsule is an AR app that is available on the iPhone and the iPad and explores the decade-long gap between Season 1 and Season 2 of the Apple TV+ show.
According to Apple, the AR app brings the world of the popular Apple TV Plus series right into the homes of fans to uncover memories from the lives of Danny Stevens (Casey Johnson) and his parents, astronauts Tracy Stevens (Sarah Jones), and Gordo (Michael Dorman).
Season 1 of For All Mankind ended in 1974 and Season 2 starts in 1983, this time capsule is going to explain what happened in the time in between.
The For All Mankind Time Capsule is narrated through the eyes of teenage Danny Stevens, who is the son of astronauts Tracy Stevens (Sarah Jones) and Gordo (Michael Dorman). The app guides you through a box filled with interactive keepsakes that have details about Stevens’ life and the For All Mankind universe.
“This was something that came up very early in the development of For All Mankind. Like literally when we had sold the show For All Mankind, one of our very first meetings with people from Apple was with the group that was working on AR,” Moore told reporters.
Moore pointed out that For All Mankind Time Capsule allows fans to explore this alt-history world in different ways and with more depth than was possible to show in a TV show that had its own multiple narrative threads to deal with.
The For All Mankind Time Capsule features a total of four characters: Danny, his dad Gordo (Dorman) who leaves Danny voice messages, fellow astronaut Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall) who serves as the narrator, and a new entrant to season 2 in Kelly Baldwin (Cynthy Wu), the adopted daughter of Ed (Joel Kinnaman) and Karen Baldwin (Shantel VanSanten) who’s Danny’s new best friend.
Apple handled the bulk of the work for this AR experience, given this is app-first, but Moore noted that the For All Mankind creative team was heavily involved as well. And this lot included writer Stephanie Shannon (For All Mankind Season 1 Episode 6, and the upcoming Season 2 Episode 3).
Shannon has worked on the stories involving Danny and had to make sure that anything that happens in For All Mankind Season 2 does not get contradicted by what’s in the time capsule. This whole process also involved production designers and researchers who added their bits to this alternate universe.
For All Mankind is available on Apple TV and you will need a subscription to Apple TV+ to watch it. TheFor All Mankind: Time Capsule app can be downloaded for free on the iPhones and iPad via US-specific App Store and is expected to reach more regions soon. The first episode of the second season will debut globally on 19 February.