"Have my flight plan, ready to rock."
And with that, Cricket takes the controls in this exclusive clip from the new Apple TV+ anthology series "Circuit Breakers."
The futuristic kids' show, which begins streaming Friday (Nov. 11), "uses science fiction as a backdrop to tell universal stories about growing up." In "No Place Like Home," the series' seventh episode from which this clip is taken, Cricket (actress Maya McNair of "Clarice") and her family prepare to host visitors to their self-sustaining home on Mars, but a storm jeopardizes their plans and safety, as well as their environmental studies for the survival of Earth.
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In the video, Cricket uses a drone to inspect the exterior of her habitat on the Red Planet.
"Solar panels clear of sand... communications tower operational," Cricket reports as her mom oversees her flying.
Each half-hour installment of "Circuit Breakers" includes a sci-fi twist on kid relatable stories, with the intent of kids and their families asking themselves how they would act in each situation. Other episodes in the seven-part series center around themes such a robotic clones, medical augmentations, memory alterations and freezing time.
Created by Melody Fox ("R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour"), with executive producer Matt Hastings ("The Handmaid's Tale") directing three episodes from the season, including the pilot, "Circuit Breakers" features cast members Callan Farris ("Grimcutty"), Nathaniel Buescher ("APB"), Veda Cienfuegos ("Undone"), Cole Keriazakos ("Southside"), Maz Jobrani ("Immigrant"), Cale Ferrin ("Endlings"), Quincy Kirkwood ("Y: The Last Man"), Arielle Halili ("Less Than Kosher"), Gavin MacIver-Wright ("Odd Squad: Mobile Unit") and Khiyla Aynne ("13: The Musical").
Sophia Walker (Y: The Last Man"") and Alex Paxton-Beesley ("Murdoch Mysteries") appear alongside McNair in "No Place Like Home."
As the clip comes to an end, Cricket's mom congratulates her on her top-notch piloting.
"Nice work, Maverick."
"Who?" replies Cricket.
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Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of collectSPACE.com, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for Space.com and co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.