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?
What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!
Spring showers bring plenty of new content your way this April.
So, who is ready to do some serious binge-watching? We didn’t practice for this all of 2020 to give up now! Especially because there are some really great TV shows premiering and a handful of highly-anticipated shows returning!
Here’s what’s on tap!
Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC (April 1)
Has there been a more anticipated TV return? Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to the NYPD and joins a new task force while reuniting with ex-partner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
Manifest – NBC (April 1)
What happened to Flight 828? TV’s biggest mystery continues into season 3. Ben pursues a tail fin that may have belonged to the plane he was on while the rest of the passengers continue to follow Callings.
Home Economics – ABC (April 7)
The new comedy series looks at the uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three adult siblings from the Hayworth family.
Kung Fu – The CW (April 7)
The reboot of the 1970s drama of the same name stars Legacies actress Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and travels to a monastery in China only to return home to San Francisco and find it overrun by crime. As she doles out justice, she finds herself the target of an assassin.
Rebel – ABC (April 8)
Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal attorney who ruthlessly fights for the cases she believes in. The series is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.
Them – Amazon Prime (April 9)
The limited horror anthology hails from Lena Waithe and finds a black family in the 1950s moving into a white neighborhood in L.A. where they not only have to deal with terrible neighbors but also supernatural forces that mean to do them harm.
Fear the Walking Dead – AMC (April 11)
Season 6B picks up with John Dorie reuniting with an old friend who helps him through a dark moment.
The Circle – Netflix (April 14)
The highly-addictive reality series, described as Big Brother meets Catfish, returns for a second season. Contestants move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re only allowed to communicate through a special social media app.
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Netflix (April 14)
The sitcom, inspired by Jamie Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne, finds him playing the role of a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who must navigate raising a teen daughter.
Younger – Paramount+ (April 15)
The seventh and final season of Younger wraps up Liza’s journey at Empirical/Millennial and hopefully reveals if she ends up with #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles once and for all.
Big Shot – Disney+ (April 16)
John Stamos moves on from Uncle Jesse in a new role former men’s basketball coach who gets fired and is forced to become a coach at an elite all-girls school. If you’re looking for a new sports drama with heart, look no further.
Cruel Summer – Freefrom (April 21)
Hailing from executive producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s newest thriller takes the spot left behind by Pretty Little Liars. Set in the 90s, it follows the disappearance of a popular and charming girl and the nerdy wannabe who is blamed for the crime.
Shadow & Bone – Netflix (April 23)
In the fantasy series, based on a book of the same name, sinister forces plot against a young woman who has the powers to unite her world.
93rd Oscars – ABC (April 25)
As they say in show biz, the award show must go on. The 93rd Oscars, which originally mandated an in-person attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, have reversed course and are allowing remote participation.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (April 28)
June and her fellow Handmaids go beyond the walls of Gilead following an uprising as they seek freedom in the dystopian series.
Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (April 2)
Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin stars as a teen who befriends a community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia when he stays with his estranged dad (played by Idris Elba) for the summer.
Thunder Force – Netflix (April 9)
Dynamic duo Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are former childhood best friends who invent a formula that gives them superhero powers.
Stowaway – Netflix (April 22)
A stowaway crashes a mission to Mars and risks the lives of the whole crew on-board. The sci-fi thriller stars Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim.
Without Remorse – Amazon Prime (April 30)
Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an elite NAVY Seal who uncovers a covert plot while investigating the death of his pregnant wife.
Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members
We’ve got some elite news!
Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!
The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals.
Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes.
The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.
It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021.
The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up.
Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.
What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!
Can you believe it’s almost March?
2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!
Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week.
March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming.
Here’s everything to watch on March 2021:
Debris – NBC (March 1)
Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!
The Voice – NBC (March 1)
The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm!
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)
The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews.
New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)
With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.
Good Girls – NBC (March 7)
Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?
Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11)
After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.
A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)
After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.
Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)
The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)
You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”
Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal pic.twitter.com/kwsqTCSkqq
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) February 22, 2021
The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.
The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)
The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”
Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges.
— Jorge Bendersky (@JorgeBendersky) February 19, 2021
Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)
Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake.
Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)
After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”
Moxie – Netflix (March 3)
Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways.
Yes Day – Netflix (March 12)
Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.
Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)
The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.
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