This Christmas is not like the others!
Christmas in space can get pretty lonely. After all, you’re a billion miles away from the people you love.
The distance was made worse by the fact that all voice communication would soon cease because the Atlas was almost halfway to Mars. Email and text communication would still be possible but even those times would be delayed with messages taking as long as an hour to get delivered.
For the first half of the season, the crew has struggled with the sacrifices made to man this mission, but they’ve held it together because of their ability to stay connected with loved ones. It’s not the same as being there, but you could still be there in real-time with your family or friends.
That’s no longer going to be an option and they are going into the dark and into the unknown.
Therefore, much of the episode focused on everyone saying their goodbyes as if they were their final goodbyes. Emma is certain they will make it back home from the mission, but there are no guarantees and space has proven to be tough on even the most experiences of astronauts.
With Emma’s close connection to her family, she took the goodbye the hardest. And while it’s understandable, Lu’s advice couldn’t be more brilliant.
Yes, losing time with your family is heartbreaking. She wouldn’t be there to see Lex grow up, become a senior, fall in love, etc. She also wouldn’t be there for Matt during his recovery. However, she was gaining something that no man or woman has ever accomplished — she was going to Mars.
Lu’s advice of keeping your eye on the prize is the only thing that will get them through these tough times.
As previously mentioned, space is taking an emotional and physical toll on everyone. Well, everyone except for Lu who is somehow in better shape than she was when they left Earth.
Kwesi began losing parts of his body due to atrophy. While it’s interesting to learn just how space affects your body, that scene an the beginning of the episode where his skin just peeled off from his foot and began floating around in space was nauseating.
Misha is also suffering from a loss of eyesight. There’s apparently a term for your eyesight being severely compromised in space — “space blindness,” but unfortunately, there’s no known cause and thus, no known remedy.
This will obviously complicate things for the crew as their survival depends on everyone being of sound health and mind.
Instead of tackling the issue head-on, Misha is avoiding the problem because he’s scared and knows that it could sabotage everything he’s worked his entire life for. Can you imagine dedicating everything to conquer space and finally reaching Mars but not being able to see anything?
Those floating high above weren’t the only ones struggling.
On Earth, things were just as tense as Matt made it home in time for Christmas. With the home outfitted with ramps to accommodate his wheelchair, home didn’t feel very home-y.
The problem with both Matt and Lex is that they’re bottling up their emotions and trying to keep a sense of normalcy for one another. The harder they try to be normal, the more it’s evident that it’s anything but.
And we all know what happens when you bottle up your emotions. Eventually, they explode.
Lex did a better job of venting all of her frustrations to her mother during their last call. She continues to find ways to create a new normal and is looking for ways to cope with the changes. Isaac has been a huge help with that.
For Matt, it’s not as easy. He doesn’t want to burden Emma with his physical disabilities and is also avoiding the real issues at hand just like Misha because he wants things to return to normal so badly.
His “explosion” finally happened after he struggled to pull down the holiday decorations from the shelf and toppled over as his legs gave out under him.
It’s incredibly hard to accept that you’re no longer able to do the things you once were, but part of growing and accepting change is acknowledging the new limits imposed by your body.
By trying to fix things quickly, I fear he’ll make things worse for himself.
Without Emma, the only way Matt and Lex are going to get through this is by communicating openly.
She snuck out and didn’t even do anything bad — she went to midnight mass for Christmas. Obviously, she’s a good kid that just needs to find her way and breath. And Matt needs to realize that she’s becoming her own person and needs her space. They’ll get it down, eventually.
The first step was simply accepting their new reality and going to Melissa’s for the holidays. I have this weird feeling that Matt and Melissa will form an intimate relationship. I know Matt loves Emma and don’t think he’d ever cheat on her, but I can’t shake this feeling whenever I see them interact. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
The scene between Emma and Ram was also strange. During Away Season 1 Episode 4, I never got the sense that Ram was trying to hit on Emma or overstep any boundaries, so it was weird that she reminded him “not to get the wrong idea.” Was he ever getting the wrong idea?
Three years is a long time, but I never got the sense that Ram was trying to move in on her or mistook her kindness for anything other than friendship and her loyalty to the mission.
The best part of the episode was watching the Atlas crew celebrate the holidays together.
There are plenty of things that they’ll have to deal with, but one night of Christmas cheer is good for the soul. And that Christmas cheer included Misha’s homemade vodka, the first real food in months as Kwesi presented everyone with the first greens grown on the Atlas, and dancing!
Misha also put on a puppet show for his grandchildren, and it was sweet to see the whole crew get involved to help him out with the production.
Misha topped off the night by apologizing to his daughter for abandoning her, and while one apology won’t erase years of pain, it’s a start and the only thing he can do while floating in space. If they don’t make it back — and for the sake of a second season, let’s hope they do — at least she got to hear her father’s side of the story.
No one ever just abandons a child without reason. In Misha’s case, he thought that his daughter would be better off being raised by her uncle and aunt and he was better off in space rather than drinking away his sorrows every day. It may not have been the best decision, but it was the one he thought would give her the best life.
No one can fault him for that.
Slowly but surely, the crew members are beginning to open up and trust each other. It’s lovely to watch.
Kwesi remains the only crew member that we don’t know all that much about, but his celebration of Hannukah with his “mum” seems to indicate he was adopted.
I’ll be interested to see how his storyline plays out moving forward.
What did you think of the episode? Will the crew make it without relying on communications with their loved ones?
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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