We’re more than halfway finished with Away, so I thought it would be a good time to look at the series overall.
For a show about going where no man or woman has gone before, not much has happened since the pilot episode. Sure, the Atlas crew launched into space and yeah, they’ve spent months together getting closer and closer to their destination each day, but the pacing of the show has been very leisurely. I guess if we’re to get a sense of how they feel up there, then it’s hitting the mark because being stuck in a tin can for months has got to be draining.
I’ve seen plenty of criticism about the show pointing out its inaccuracies and that it seems like they never consulted NASA or even an astronaut, and I’ll admit, those inadequacies do add up. The whole mission control has been shown to be inept and it’s concerning how great their cell service has been even now when they can only communicate via email and texts. It’s astonishing considering I lose service every single time I drive down a heavily wooded road here on Earth.
But if you throw all those concerns out the window, you see the show for what it’s really meant to be. Space is used as a backdrop for the drama building up between family and co-workers. It’s about relationships and how they fluctuate far more than it is about space travel. And most importantly, it’s about hope and achieving your dreams. When I look at it from that perspective, I get especially peeved with Away Season 1 Episode 7 and with Emma in general.
From the beginning, she’s been weighed down by her sacrifices, but seven episodes in, she still hasn’t gotten a handle on her emotions proving that maybe Misha and Lu were right all along — she’s not fit to be Commander.
Right now, she’s on a spaceship millions of miles away from her family. No one ever said it was going to be easy, but her priority right now needs to be the “family” on the ship, not the one on Earth.
There’s a difference between checking in with your husband and daughter and wanting to parent that’s in control at all times. When you’re in space, it’s impossible to be both. And if Emma didn’t realize that going into this mission then she was living in denial.
Lu said herself that she understands the task at hand and the circumstances she’s in. It doesn’t make her a bad mom or a less caring one, she’s simple looking forward and not stuck in the past, which seems to be Emma’s problem.
Even her advice to Lex about Isaac and “flying” was hinged on her own experiences of getting pregnant and thinking she’d ruined her future. Lex finally found something that made her happy, that allowed her to breathe, that made her feel free, and instead of getting some sound advice from her mother, she told her “boys are distractions.” It may have been well-intentioned, but it completely backfired.
Space takes a heavy toll on everyone and they’re supposedly in the “hardest part of the journey,” but it’s only Emma that seems to be cracking. And she shouldn’t be — she’s worked her whole life to be here. She prepared for this, she knew this was coming, and she’s supposed to be one of the best astronauts in the world.
It’s problematic that the episode found her coming to a revelation that there are more important things than Mars as she’s on her journey to Mars. Honestly, no, there’s nothing more important right now than the mission you signed up for and trained your whole life for.
It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about your family. Despite the struggles they’ve faced with Emma away, Matt and Lex are immensely proud of her and her accomplishments.
She needs to honor that.
If she didn’t care about Mars, she would’ve pulled a Melissa and given up the dream when she decided to have the baby. But she didn’t — she went ahead and proved that you can have a career and become a mother, which makes her a hero and an inspiration. It proves that women are just as capable as men even if it costs them a higher price. Emma needs to shine in that space and own it rather than trying to prove her belief that she’s “less of an astronaut” because she’s a mother. Otherwise, she’s just proving everyone right and last I checked, I signed up for a dose of female empowerment.
It would help if Emma trusted everyone around her and recognized that her family can take care of themselves. She’s not Melissa because she’s lucky to have had a better man than Scott. Scott bolted when things got tough, but Matt buckled down for the ride despite his own struggles.
There should never be a moment where the team has to worry about breaking any type of news to their Commander out of a fear that she’s not in the mental space to handle it. If it comes down to it, it means their leader is again, not capable.
There’s no denying Lex is Emma’s daughter — she’s just as reckless and irrational as her mother. They’re also both flying way too close to the sun and if they keep it up, they’re going to get burned.
She wanted to prove something after getting her mother’s email, which is why she got a little carried away on the dirt bike. She didn’t think about how dangerous it was or what could have happened to her.
She’s lucky the outcome was just a “small concussion.” Though, it doesn’t bode well for her seeing Isaac again.
Similarly, Emma made a poor decision when she began rationing her rations to keep a dandelion alive. Yes, proving that life can grow on Mars is one of their main missions but not at their own expense. She was careless and ignored the very real risks that came with dehydration, which could have hindered the mission for everyone.
Emma’s smart, but she can be so incredibly stupid. The whole family is their own worst nightmare. Surprisingly, Matt was tolerable during this episode probably because he was so focused on Emma and Lex. It’s beginning to become obvious that his recovery has been put on the sidelines as he dedicates all his time “consulting” at NASA.
It was funny how Lu and Kwesi both had different scientific theories for why the flower continued to grow when it was so obvious what was happening with Emma.
Ram missed the signs, which would have been surprising if he didn’t have such a blind spot for Emma. He has her back without hesitation, which can be a good and a bad thing. In this case, he didn’t see what was going on with her even though the symptoms were right in front of him. Towards the end, after he gave her saline, I couldn’t figure out if the “moment” between them was supposed to be something romantic and Ram’s realization that he has feelings for her or that he’d finally come to a point where he didn’t fully believe she was the best person to lead the mission.
It’s unclear, but I’m hoping it’s the latter for the sake of drama.
How are you enjoying Away so far? Are you just as frustrated with Emma as I am?
Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance
It seems almost silly and trivial to prioritize romance when the world — specifically, Hawkins — is being taken over by a disturbed and power-hungry creature from the Upside Down, but it’s such a human emotion to value and champion love even in the darkest moments when everything looks bleak.
As Stranger Things continues to prove, love, in all of its shapes and forms, trumps hate every time. And Nancy and Steve? They love each other. They might not know it yet or simply aren’t ready to admit it, but there are some strong feelings there that deserve to be explored, especially in light of a possible end-of-the-world scenario. Ask yourself, if not now, when?
Stranger Things Season 4, through all of its darkness, found a light with Nancy and Steve. Hero hair aside, Steve underwent massive character growth from your stereotypical and shallow jock to a father figure, caretaker, and most importantly, a man who knows what he wants. Steve and his voluminous Herbal Essence commercial hair ran towards danger countless times for the greater good and for his friends. Steve’s emotional glow-up wasn’t lost on Nancy either, as she took notice on several occasions, and at times, found herself taken aback by his newfound maturity. As some people pointed out on Twitter, Season 4 Steve Harrington just hits different.
Yes, he’s portrayed as a ladies’ man, but on the inside, Steve is a softie with a mad crush and a dream of having a real relationship with the right one. He acknowledged the progress he’s made since season 1 and how much he’s grown in the swoon-worthy speech to Nancy that further drove him into heartthrob territory with audiences while proving to Nancy that those butterflies she’s been feeling whenever he looks at her aren’t just a result of an unexpected trip to the Upside Down. Steve Harrington told Nancy flat-out that he was to have six kids (six nuggets, to be exact) with her, and if that didn’t convince her that he’s top-notch boyfriend material, I honestly don’t know what would.
I wouldn’t have blamed them if they took advantage of the moment and used the “apocalypse” excuse to sneak in a passionate kiss, but that’s the other point — despite his desires, Steve never made a move on Nancy because he respects her and their friendship. He knows that she’s with Jonathan, and he’s not going to cross that line even if they might never get a chance to pursue these feelings again. At least not without Nancy making a move and giving him the go-ahead.
Deep down, Steve cares about Nancy as a friend. He proved it not just with words, but also with his actions as he stood by her when Vecna put her in a trance. He could’ve left the Upside Down at any point to save himself, but he would never leave her there. And, in turn, Nancy proved that she would risk it all for Steve when she jumped into the water and swam into the Upside Down to go after him. She’s always had a soft spot for Steve, but now that he’s become a man worthy of her, there’s no denying the attraction.
There’s also a love and understanding between them that has provided for a solid foundation that would be helpful if they were to pursue a romantic relationship.
Stranger Things benefited from the love triangle this season, in particular, as it kept tensions high and provided a personal escape for the characters, but it also cannot be dragged into the final battle. The bottom line is that Nancy and Jonathan can’t string each other along as Steve continues to pine Nancy — it’s not fair to any of their very deserving characters.
One might argue that Jonathan has always been the underdog so he deserves the girl, but even that’s starting to change as Steve grows into his own and figures out his real connection to Nancy that’s only intensifying as time goes on.
This brings me to Jonathan. I know it isn’t entirely his fault that he wasn’t by Nancy’s side when the fight against Vecna began, but it speaks volumes that he was on the other side of the world. The reason Mike was with Eleven when it mattered is because he willingly made the trip to go see her. Neither Nancy nor Jonathan chose to visit each other despite being apart for so long. The chance was there, but they both decided to stay put and deflect.
There was a time when Nancy and Jonathan were the right choice for each other, but there’s nothing left between them but a forced relationship that continues because it’s comfortable and safe. The spark between them barely has a pulse. When they were finally reunited at the end of the season, it didn’t seem like a romantic relationship but two friends who care about each other. And that’s the thing — they’ll likely always love each other and feel a connection through shared trauma, but they are not in love with each other anymore.
They aren’t on the same page anymore, no matter how much they hope to be. They want two different things out of life, but they’re refusing to come to terms with the fact that their paths are taking them in opposite directions. Nancy wants to excel in college and make something of herself, while Jonathan didn’t even apply. The worst part is that they both know that time is running out on their relationship, so they are avoiding the hard conversations. Neither of them has the heart to tell the other the truth.
Even if nothing happens between Nancy and Steve in the upcoming season, in the face of the unknown and a potential apocalypse, Nancy and Jonathan owe it to themselves to be honest about their feelings and go after what their hearts desire. I’m not sure what that is for Jonathan at the moment as he seems pretty lost about his future, but for Nancy, I think that definitely involves six little nuggets with Steve Harrington somewhere down the line.
Who Dies On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?
Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath as Vecna brutally claimed a handful of victims in his plan to take over Hawkins.
The body count included a handful of pivotal and core cast members that will forever leave a mark on our hearts.
Dr. Brenner – When the FBI came in guns blazing, Brenner tried his best to get El to safety. But the truth is, she wasn’t even supposed to be there. If he simply allowed her to leave when Dr. Owens insisted, she would’ve been on her way to help her friends fight Vecna. Also, there definitely wasn’t a solid contingency plan in place in the event that the FBI did find their secret hiding spot.
In his last moments, Brenner assured El that he loved her and always meant well, but it’s hard to really believe any of that when he pushed her to her limits, shamed her, treated her like nothing more than a lab rat, held her against her will (in hopes that she’d understand), and even put a dog collar on her in order to mute her powers. Brenner was definitely not a friend. And in the moment where they say goodbye, El realizes what true love is when she sees her friends sacrifice everything to come and save her. Papa never came from a place of true love — it was all self-serving and manipulation masked as love. It’s unclear if Dr. Owens survived or if the FBI took him out simply because he betrayed them. If they did, I bet they’re regretting it now.
Eddie – Eddie is a fan favorite, so his time on the series was limited considering Stranger Things has a track record of killing off the lovable, new guy. After a really metal guitar solo in the Upside Down, Eddie took one for the team and sacrificed himself to stop those bats from digging into his friends. It was a redeeming moment as Eddie proved he wasn’t a coward as he “didn’t run away” this time. I only wish he held off a little longer so El could do her thing because he could’ve been spared!
Max (kind of) – Max was marked this season, and it’s unfortunate. Everyone in that group is brave, but Max, in particular, risked it all in hopes of defeating Vecna and stopping his plan. She allowed herself to become his target — the bait that lures him while everyone works in the background to slay the monster. Eleven tried her best to help Max when she could no longer stay in the light and run from Vecna’s wrath, but it wasn’t enough. Vecna got his grip on Max before El could regain her strength. And even after she broke his hold on Max, the damage had been done as her bones snapped and her eyes were glossed over and bleeding. She died in Lucas’s arms, a hero that only a few will ever truly know about. As far as death’s go, it one was the most heartbreaking next to Eddie’s. But then, Max came back to life. Her heart stopped beating for a full minute before it restarted in what doctors call “a miracle.” We know, however, that Eleven used her powers to resuscitate Max. Unfortunately, the injuries were intense and she’s now in a coma. It’s not known when she’ll wake up, if ever… and the battle for Hawkins, and the world, inches closer. For this reason, Max stays on the list.
Jason also died in a gory scene, but honestly, there was nothing more satisfying than seeing him burn in half right after he tried to kill Lucas. The ego on that dude was next level, so he had it coming. Also RIP Chrissy, Fred, and the 22 and counting other souls that died in the mysterious and seismic earthquake that unexpectedly hit Hawkins. A natural disaster it was not! Not to mention all the Russians who fell victim to the Demogorgon and the Demodogs…. they, too, had it coming,
Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’
The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.
The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.
If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized” and “sic” after watching the show.
Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:
just finished “keep sweet: pray and obey”. I don’t have the words. need everyone to try and watch this, it’s so sickening.
kids getting married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers. pic.twitter.com/dTOEkEHJfg
— Menks (@choplifexo) June 9, 2022
Watched Keep sweet , pray and obey on #Netflix mmmm I don't even know what to say
— . (@snatched_fire) June 9, 2022
I thought the new season of Stranger things season was dark… then I watched Keep Sweet; Pray and Obey and it made me physically nauseous lol. I hope Warren Jeffs gets beat up in prison every day for the rest of his life
— Brax (@byu_homer) June 9, 2022
Well, all I can say after watching that, is that the women who escaped from the FLDS and have built new lives for themselves are incredibly brave and deserve a heap of cash from all the millions held by the ‘church’. #KeepSweetPrayAndObey
— Ian McClellan (@ianmac67_SE) June 9, 2022
I nominate Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey for horror movie of the year
— emma ✨ (@e_graceful) June 10, 2022
#keepsweetprayandobey documentary on Netflix is crazy. The things that happen in society under the name of religion and faith is just filthy.
— Clarette Waithera (@ClaretteWaithe1) June 8, 2022
If you told me Heaven was a ranch in Texas where I had to do chores and make lunch for a bunch of old dudes, I’d be making accommodations to reach Hell as soon as possible. #keepsweetprayandobey #keepsweet
— Tyler’s sense of shame (@TchtJustine) June 11, 2022
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