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?
Is ‘Bridgerton’s’ Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?
From duke to 007!
If you binge-watched Netflix’s Bridgerton in one sitting, you’re more than familiar with the dashing Regé-Jean Page.
Rumor has it that the breakout star made such an impression on audiences and executives that he’s in the running to be the next James Bond.
British betting firm Ladbrokes has been closely watching 007 predictions in the U.K. ahead of the upcoming No Time to Die premiere, which marks Daniel Craig’s final run as the notorious agent.
And Page is climbing the ranks!
Since the Shondaland series premiere, Page’s odds jumped to 5/1 in the betting after previously being at 40/1 before Christmas.
While Page’s chances of snagging the coveted role are high, he isn’t the only one in the running.
“Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and [Regé-Jean Page] has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes rep Alex Apati told Variety.
“What strengthens RJP’s chances somewhat more is that an announcement feels seemingly imminent [around] Daniel Craig’s replacement, so the timing of ‘Bridgerton’s’ success may well have worked in his favor,” Apati noted.
Fans of the series were quick to “ship” the potential casting with many noting: “If @regejean is the new James Bond… I’ll actually watch a James Bond.”
However, not everyone was convinced with some noting that Page seems to young for the role of the MI6 agent.
To put it in perspective, Page is 31 while Craig was 38 when he 38 when he starred in the first Bond film.
Page, who also starred in the short-lived For the People, plays Simon Basset, the charming Duke of Hastings in the first season of Shonda Rhimes’ breakout series for the streaming service.
TVLine announced that Bridgerton is said to be Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launch of all time with a projected reach of 63 million households in the first four weeks of its debut.
The next installment of the Bond franchise was delayed a year due to the COVID pandemic and is set to debut on April 2, 2021, so it’s likely a new Bond won’t be officially announced until then.
But till then, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Page.
Here’s the betting breakdown for the role:
Tom Hardy – 6/4
James Norton – 7/4
Idris Elba – 7/2
Regé-Jean Page – 5/1
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Richard Madden – 6/1
Jack Lowden – 8/1
Cillian Murphy – 10/1
‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’
Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.
However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods.
The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!
Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!
Season 4 Episode 1
Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale.
Season 4 Episode 3
After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?
Season 4 Episode 6
As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!
In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5!
Season 4 Episode 7
Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!
9 Biggest Moments from ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrapped up its run with the fourth and final season on Netflix.
Sabrina and friends faced their biggest threat to date – the eldrtich terrors.
Here are the biggest moments from the eight-episode season.
The Eldritch Terrors… obviously
The whole season revolved around the ancient entities that culminated with the arrival of the Void – the end of all things. Fitting for a final season, right? Sabrina, the coven, and her mortal friends teamed up to defeat each other terrors – The Dark, The Uninvited, The Weird, The Perverse, The Cosmic, The Returned, The Endless, and finally, The Void.
Hilda and Mr. C Get Married
Nothing was going to stand in the way of Hilda and Mr. C’s big day, not even a terror threatening humankind. The odd couple agreed to have a wedding reception and ceremony as dictated by Zelda and the Academy, which ended up being kind of downer when The Uninvited crashed the party, killed Dorian, and then threatened everyone else because they refused to extend him an invite to the party. Sabrina served as mediator by swooping herself and The Uninvited to Hell for another wedding, where she then married him and trapped him in a prison existing outside of time and space on their wedding night. And she made it home just in time for the private ceremony at the Spellman house in which Hilda and Dr. C exchanged vows dressed up as their favorite movie monsters.
Sabrina Gets Married to Caliban
That other wedding I mentioned? It was Sabrina Morningstar’s! The 16-year-old wed Caliban, yeah, the same one that tried to kill her and Sabrina Spellman. She promised her was reformed and loved her and all that, but Caliban will always be Caliban… and he had his eye on that throne. Of course, this didn’t take away from Sabrina’s stunning red lace dress. Though, she did have to share the spotlight with Sabrina Spellman, who used the wedding as an opportunity to marry The Uninvited and trick him into captivity. All in a day’s work for these witches!
Roz is a Witch
Roz always had powers, better known as “the cunning,” which essentially gave her psychic abilities, but this season, she learned that she’s a full-blown witch. Her ancestors, who were proud Christian women, didn’t want to be persecuted for witchcraft so they simply didn’t call themselves the W-word. However, once Mambo Marie proved that Roz had powers, she was welcomed into the Academy to join Mambo Marie and Prudence – and later Agatha – as the newest Weird Sister.
Sabrina Morningstar Perishes
With the realms in peril because of the existence of two Sabrinas, one of them had to go to the parallel realm to restore balance. Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar played rock, paper, scissors to decide, and Morningstar lost. She walked through the mirror (wish it was a closet like on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to be honest) in hopes of restoring balance in the cosmos and found herself in an eldritch terror known as the Endless. Basically, she was stuck in a diabolical sitcom and Salem is the eldritch terror. When the Void arrived, she managed to convince Salem that they had to escape and they ran back through the mirror. While she made it back to Sabrina’s realm, she died shortly after without telling Sabrina how to defeat it.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is known for throwing in little Easter eggs to sister show Riverdale, but they had a ton of fun with it in the final season. There were a few mentions of Riverdale High School and a cameo by Bret, Donna, and Joan, who played characters in a punk band. Riker Lynch, the brother of Ross Lynch (Harvey), also had a role as an undead leader of a rock band.
And lastly, one episode replaced Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda and Zelda with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the original roles in the WB sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
See all the Easter eggs here.
Lilith Destroys Lucifer
Lilith has been wanting to reign in Hell for years. After killing her newborn son, Adam, to protect him from his father, Lucifer, she negotiated to get her powers back. She then turned on Lucifer and stabbed him with the sword she used to kill Lazarus, drank his blood, embraced his powers, and banished him to the Mortal Realm. Payback’s a b….
Agatha Returns to Normal
Crazy Agatha is crazy no more! After Dorcas returned to the land of the living due to an eldritch terror, she forgave her sister for murdering her. When that happened, Agatha snapped back to reality and clearly, had no recollection of what happened in the months prior. As Prudence said, it’s good to have her back, but she needs to be clued in on a lot.
Sabrina and Nick Are Endgame… Literally
When Nick took responsibility for the demise of his relationship with Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3, it was a big step. He promised to wait until she was ready because they were “endgame.” Sabrina likely didn’t think she would be ready as soon as she was, but when there’s a chance you might die, you kind of have to follow your heart. And her heart said that she loved Nick. From then on, they were inseparable as they fought side-by-side to defeat the eldritch terrors.
When Sabrina embodied a piece of the Void and sacrificed herself to save everyone, it was heartbreaking to watch Nick mourn his girlfriend and the life they would have had together. But two people who are destined to be together will always find their way back to each other. As Sabrina chilled out in heaven, she was surprised to see Nick, who explained he went swimming and there was a “wicked undertow.”
The two kissed as he declared that they had forever and ever together.
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