‘The First’ Creator Beau Willimon Tells Us What the Hulu Drama Is ‘Actually About’

(Spoilers ahead for “The First” Season 1)

Hulu’s new series “The First” is more about the journey to Mars, creator Beau Willimon says. It’s also about “human journeys” inward.

The juxtaposition of artistic and scientific exploration is central to the series, and can be personified in Tom Hagerty (Sean Penn), an astronaut on the first manned mission to Mars, and his artist and recovering drug addict daughter Denise (Anna Jacoby-Heron).

“The inward journey that an artist...

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