Let's say you end up in creative control of a movie or series based on a timeline you like. How would you choose to handle it?
First four episodes (Mercury/Gemini,Apollo 1,Apollo 7,Apollo 8):mostly the same. Maybe a few minor casting changes.
Apollo 9/10:Here’s where things start to diverge. I see this episode being a two-parter,one part covering the failure of Apollo 9 and one part covering the success of Apollo 10. The LM development story would be divided between the two episodes. Title:’A Spider in a Haystack’
Apollo 11:the lunar landing episode. Keep more or less the same story as the OTL Apollo 11 episode (was there still a ‘who’s out first?’ debate?). Alan Bean still narrates. Three or four act structure to accommodate both EVAs,end with footage of RFK announcing the 50 Stars program. Title:’Oceanus Procellarum’.
Apollo 12:not sure what the story should be here. Perhaps focus on Buzz Aldrin’s career as ‘Dr.Rendezvous’,or introducing the public to lunar exploration. Focus somewhat on the docking problems as well. Title:’Sailors on the Sea of Tranquillity’.
Apollo 13:emphasis on the drama of the mission. Begin in medias res,with Lovell and Haise’s radio transmissions from Fra Mauro. Like the OTL episode,focus on the ground side of the mission. Title:’Going Home’.
Apollo 14:emphasis on the geology training,as well as Farouk El-Baz’s career. This episode should have a peppy,uplifting feeling to it after the near-tragedy of Apollo 13. Title:’An Eye in the Sky’.
Apollo 15: perhaps a focus on Jack Crichton’s career,or on the post-Apollo 11 climate at NASA. Limited focus on Stuart Roosa as well. Perhaps an angle on the politics of the era as well? Title:’The Blue and the Grey’.
Apollo 16:another two-parter,first the development and launch of Olympus and then the actual Apollo 16 mission. The ‘story’ this time around is broadly similar to the OTL Apollo 15 episode,so plenty of gratuitous geology training scenes,perhaps foreshadowing of Skylab as well. Title:’The Greatest Adventure’.
Apollo 17: obviously the redemption of Jim McDivitt. The Surveyor story would fit here as well. Title:’The Return of Jim McDivitt’.
Apollo 18:an angle on the international cooperation aspect of space this time. Harrison Schmitt’s career would also make a nice backdrop. Title:’The Flying Geologist’.
Apollo 19: obviously the first lunar rescue. Again,start in medias res,this time with a post-moonwalk geology debrief. Have about half of the episode focus on the actual mission,half on the investigation (and the crew celebrating the holidays as a sort of fluff filler). Title:’Shaken’.
Apollo 20: obviously very similar to the OTL Apollo 14 episode. A big focus on Alan Shepard’s return to flight,with the discovery of lunar gold as a subplot. Title:’For Miles and Miles’, because as Bow said,never mess with perfection.
Apollo 21: Philip Chapman gets center stage this time,as does the emphasis on this being a very unusual mission,what with the introduction of Zeus and all. Title:’Beyond the Sunset’.
Apollo 22:similar to the OTL Apollo 16 episode,but with somewhat less focus on the astronaut wives and more on the solar flare emergency. Also,emphasis on Joe Engle. Title:’Nothing So Hidden’.
Apollo 23:similar to the OTL Apollo 17 episode. Emphasis this time as on the transition from the Apollo era to the Clipper era. End with the first ‘Lunar Clippers’ being tested. Title:’The End of the Beginning’.