The First

10 Worst Episodes of The First

Follow the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 22, 2022.

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The First - S1E8

#8 - Near and Far (Season 1 - Episode 8)

The members of Providence 2 gear up for their mission on launch day. Laz and Denise must prepare for a new chapter in their lives.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 412 votes.

The First - S1E2

#7 - What's Needed (Season 1 - Episode 2)


With the mission in danger of being shut down, the Vista team travels to Washington to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the Castillo family pursues their lawsuit against Vista. Tom and his daughter Denise work to repair their relationship.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 552 votes.

The First - S1E6

#6 - Collisions (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Laz attempts to sway an influential reporter who is critical of the Mars program. Aiko and Eitan test a solution to the MAV problem. An incident with Denise forces Tom to reconsider his priorities.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 423 votes.

The First - S1E7

#5 - The Choice (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Tom and the Providence crew must make a choice with potentially life-threatening consequences. Matteo wrestles with his past. Tom and Denise must deal with unfinished business.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 397 votes.

The First - S1E4

#4 - Where Life Is (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Sadie and Ollieโ€™s marriage is tested. Laz works with the engineers as pressure builds to find a solution to the MAV malfunction. Tom and Ellen grow closer.

The episode was rated 7.19 from 456 votes.

The First - S1E1

#3 - Separation (Season 1 - Episode 1)


On launch day, Vista CEO Laz Ingram and the Providence crew count down for the first manned mission to Mars. Former mission commander Tom Hagerty watches from home. After a difficult day he is confronted by an unexpected visitor.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 674 votes.

The First - S1E3

#2 - Cycles (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Kayla and Tom find themselves at odds when faced with a difficult decision. A problem arises with the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) that may jeopardize the crewโ€™s safety. Aiko hosts a dinner party to celebrate Sadie and Ollieโ€™s wedding anniversary.

The episode was rated 7.12 from 512 votes.

The First - S1E5

#1 - Two Portraits (Season 1 - Episode 5)


Denise confronts her turbulent upbringing as she paints a portrait of her late mother, revisiting a lifetime of joy and trauma.

The episode was rated 7.09 from 428 votes.

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