The First Season 1 Episode 1 Recap
Hulu’s The First kicked off its first season with 8 episodes set in the near future as humans set out on their first journey to Mars. Come along with us as we recap The First season 1 episode 1 and find out what it takes to make it to the Red Planet.
“I’m with You in Spirit”
Tom Hagerty went about his morning in a reflective and glum mood. The first manned voyage to Mars would be launching on Providence 1 later that day. He was formerly the mission commander, but he had been removed from the position. It’s still unknown as to why, but he was well-liked and close with his crew. That morning, fixing his sink forced him into a part of the house that was inexplicably locked up.
As Providence 1 was preparing to launch, Hagerty called CAPCOM, who patched him in to the crew on board for some encouraging words. However, before Providence 1 escaped Earth’s atmosphere, it disintegrated, and everyone on board died. Hagerty rushed to Vista, the company in charge of the mission. He ensured anything celebratory was taken down before the families of the crew arrived. He did his best to comfort them, but when the founder and CEO of Vista, Laz Ingram, hadn’t shown up, Hagerty tracked her down.
Laz Ingram appeared cold and matter-of-fact in an interview prior to launch. She could hardly give an answer to how she was feeling, deeming it “irrelevant”. After the failed launch, she addressed her employees awkwardly. She reviewed the footage of the explosion with the lead designer, Eitan Hafri. Hafri couldn’t understand what would’ve gone wrong, considering the redundancies and no sign of issues.
She was in a meeting when Hagerty arrived. He called her a coward for being unable to face the families of the crew. Ingram insisted she was busy, but as the families were leaving, she arrived to shake their hands and mumble condolences. The father of one of the crew members yelled at her, questioning what she had lost. She went home and played chicken with her car, ordering it to speed at her head-on for it to stop short of her.
Hagerty finally arrived home. He was shaving his beard when his dog’s barking signaled someone’s arrival. His daughter, Denise, had come home. She sat with Hagerty and talked about how she had watched the launched at a guy’s place. She rambled and picked at her fingers, and he had quickly deduced that she was high. Denise vomited in the sink, and Hagerty put her to bed. He finished shaving and knelt by his bed as if in prayer.
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