In “For All Mankind” Season 3 Episode 6 (“New Eden”), Danielle Poole and the crew make it to Mars. In a broadcast back to earth, Will Parker (Robert Bailey Jr.) decides to come out as gay. While some areas of this show are more advanced than our world today, prejudice still exists, and Parker’s admission threatens his position as an astronaut. Parker’s disclosure elicits mixed reactions on both planets, but the most surprising criticism comes from Danielle, who doesn’t seem too happy about the incident either.
“When I first read it, I really hated it,” Krys Marshall told Decider. “It made me angry that Danielle wasn’t behind him and it didn’t seem like she sounded like me either. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, she’s black. He is black. She is an advocate of the little guy and the misfit. I can’t understand why Danielle would take action against him, why she would blame him, it doesn’t seem true who she is.'”
The actress said she even attempted to change the scene, but was finally persuaded when she realized her character is a wiser mentor figure for Parker who placed herself above the mission. “Will’s in his 20s and he looks to her like this selfish kid who steps up and sacrifices everyone else on the mission, and she looks at him and says, ‘How dare you put yourself first? ‘”, she explains.
Remarkably, this scene isn’t the only moment in Season 3 that upset Marshall when he first read the script.