While watching the initial trailer for Hulu's space drama The First, you may be reminded of the films of Terrence Malick or perhaps, BBC's Planet Earth.
Based on the preview, the show won't just be about humanity's quest to colonize the cosmos (particularly Mars), but also about our planet's natural beauty: insects, the aurora borealis, even an electrical storm. These are the things that the astronauts in the series will be giving up for the cold vacuum of space.
"Every time people venture into the unknown, there is a cost," says someone at the end of the trailer. Not only are these explorers giving up the beauty and safety of Earth, they're leaving behind loved ones, friends, and lives.
Watch the trailer below and prepare to be haunted by its melancholic and hopeful allure:
Sean Penn, the biggest name here, leads the cast as Tom Hagerty. Prominently featured in the trailer, Hagerty quotes the famous cosmologist Carl Sagan when he says:
"Every human being that ever was, lived out their lives on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
This is part of a larger quote from Sagan's 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. In the bigger passage, he nails home just how insignificant we are within the vastness of the universe. It doesn't matter whether you're a peasant or a world leader, a hero or a coward; we're all still stuck on this little rock floating out in the middle of nowhere.