Sci Fi Watcher 183: The First S01E05: Two Portraits

Bryan and Corey return to look at the fifth episode of Hulu’s original “The First”.  The guys sit down to talk about the questions that have been answered and what’s coming up on the show.

The First: Two Portraits

Season: 1
Episode: 5
Overall Episode: 5

Air Date: September 14, 2018 (all episodes released at once on Hulu)
Cast: Sean Penn as Tom Hagerty; Natascha McElhone as Laz Ingram; LisaGay Hamilton as Kayla Price; Hannah Ware as Sadie Hewitt; Keiko Agena as Aiko Hakari; Rey Lucas as Matteo Vega
James Ransone as Nick Fletcher, one of five astronauts chosen to be the first people to colonize Mars
Writer: Francesca Sloane
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Synopsis: As Denise paints a portrait of her late mother, Diane, a series of flashbacks reveal the family’s history. Tom is shown to have been away during his Navy career, and struggled with parenting Denise when he returned home. He moved the family to their house in New Orleans, but Diane continued to struggled, and eventually committed suicide in the river by their house as Denise watched. Tom insisted that Denise go to New York for school, where she began abusing drugs and eventually overdosed. Tom enrolled her in rehab, but she relapsed after returning home, angering Tom and forcing her to leave. Due to Tom’s struggles with his home life, he was replaced as Providence 1 mission commander. In the present, Denise destroys her portrait of her mother and goes to a party, where she relapses into drugs.

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