Hilary Swank is going where no man or woman has gone before in her brand new Netflix series, Away.
Swank stars as Emma, a headstrong and passionate astronaut in charge of commanding the inaugural mission to Mars.
But achieving such greatness comes at a high price and sacrifice, as the streaming drama paints a clear picture of how difficult it is to juggle family and career responsibilities.
While most of us have never been presented with the opportunity to not only make a pitstop at the moon but then (wo)man a ship all the way to Mars, we easily relate to Emma and her frustrations and guilt.
She’s worked her whole life for the trip, but she’s plagued with the guilt of “abandoning” her family for three years followed by the possibility of never making it back home.
She’s making history, but she won’t be there for Lex’s soccer games — and by showing that scene prior to the big media Mars mission media day, the series aims to underscore how important both these things are to her.
The series has found a middle-ground by balancing the two things that mean the world to her.
Her feeling of guilt is only exacerbated when her husband suffers a stroke the day before the big launch and she finds herself at a crossroads: should she continue on with the mission or go back and be with her family who truly needs her?
“The further away I get, I’m actually just getting closer to being back to you.”
The series paints a working woman’s plight through many different avenues. Her husband, a former astronaut, is sidelined after being diagnosed CCM disorder. While he doesn’t hold it against her and encourages her to “be the best,” there’s a hint of resentment when he’s forced to stay behind and watch her accomplish what was also once his dream.
That resentment is quickly wiped away with pride as Matt is a good man who, despite just getting out of surgery, finds it in himself to convince his wife to “do her job” rather than come home to take care of them.
And there’s the workplace drama appeal that anyone can relate to without ever stepping foot into a spaceship. The entire world has agreed to work together and collaborate on this mission, and while the crew seems to get along with each other initially, the dynamic is fractured after an incident on the spaceship that the audience is made privy to through each member’s individual accounts.
They always say there are two sides to every story and then the truth. In this case, there are four sides to the story, and then what actually happened.
Since we don’t get as much information about the crew members as we do about Emma in the pilot episode, these scenes are crucial for getting a sense of who these people are.
Ram only saw the aftermath of the incident, but he has Emma’s back wholeheartedly and informs Darlene that Emma would never ever put them in danger or get rattled.
Kwesi, the man who was lightly injured in the incident, bluntly tells Darlene that Emma saved his life.
Problems arise with the Yu and Misha’s accounts of what transpired. Misha doesn’t seem to trust Emma and says that she “froze” when put in a dangerous situation. He doesn’t believe she’s a good leader nor does he think she has the necessary experience because an “experienced astronaut doesn’t remove the panel,” which allowed for the pretreat, an acid, to escape and burst into a firebomb. In his version, he claims that he came up with the idea to get the water and pour it on the pretreat, but this contradict’s Lu’s version of events.
While Lu believes Emma was reckless in how she handled the situation, she explains that since she’s the on-board chemist, she’s the one who told Misha to get the water thus proving that Misha’s motivations are self-serving.
Eventually, we hear Emma’s side of the story — Kwesi opened the panel just as she shouted for him not to. When the pretreat oozed out, she pulled him to safety and then disregarded Lu’s suggestion to use water and instead, took off her shirt and tried to capture it with her shirt not realizing that her deodorant would cause a reaction.
She informs Putney that her mistake could’ve killed the whole team. Putney is there to assess Emma’s ability to continue on with the mission as all hell is breaking loose at the command center with each nation urging NASA to pull Emma off the mission.
However, he argues that she dove headfirst into a dangerous and unknown situation to save them all without any regard for herself. That’s what makes her a good leader, and that’s the reason they chose her to command this mission.
“Maybe it’s not in our nature to work together. But the future demands otherwise. And we will come together now in pursuit of a dream that was once thought to be impossible. And if we can do this, we can do anything.”
With Putney’s words and her family’s support, Emma once again gains the confidence she needs to command her team, regardless of whether or not they trust her.
At the end of the day, they’re all in this together. There will always be colleagues who think they are better than you or know better than you. There will be those people that undermine you at every step. And while it’s annoying, it’s usually fine in an office setting, but if your workplace environment is jetting off into Mars to do what’s never been done before, you’re going to need everyone on-board. Ego has no place in space, which Emma makes very clear in her final message to the people of Earth.
They all have to work together to survive because the future demands it.
In the final moments of the episode, the crew successfully takes off on their mission to Mars, but this is just one of the many hurdles they’ll likely endure especially with the odds of survival set at 50/50.
The pilot may have dug a bit into Emma, but one of the best things about the series is that it features such a diverse cast. The crew members represent China, Russia, the U.K, and India, and it’ll be exciting to get to know them and discover what’s fueling their passions. We briefly got a sense of what matters to them with Misha boasting about his grandchildren, Lu mentioning her “friend,” Ram goofing off about his love of women, and Kwesi’s decision to bring along the Torah.
Plain and simple: it’s a stellar cast, a simple premise, a glimpse at the sacrifices needed the achieve greatness and a look at the possibilities that open up when people put aside their differences and work together.
What did you think of the series premiere of Away?
Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)
From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.
It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.
Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.
The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy.
But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey.
Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career.
Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story.
Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight.
Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead.
The more she digs, the less she knows.
Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon.
Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story.
It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode.
All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable.
And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well.
In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told.
But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.
After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”
In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.
Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers.
While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges.
Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more.
Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.
And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA.
Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be.
At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons.
All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city.
Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast.
Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson.
Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.
The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.
Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting.
And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.
After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!
‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller
Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.
“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”
What’s It About?
The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine.
All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?
We’re already totally invested.
Is there a Trailer?
YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!
Check it out below:
Who Else Is in the Series?
Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar.
When Does It Premiere?
The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!
Is There Going to be a Second Season?
While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!
WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’
Oops… she’s doing it again!
The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.
Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.
Check out the trailer below.
Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.
After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.
Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.
Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!
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