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Away Review – Space Dogs (1×05)




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?

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Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance



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. 

Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance

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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.

Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance

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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 Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance

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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.

Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance

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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?

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Who Dies On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?



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,

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Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’



Fans Recall Feeling 'Sick' After Watching 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:

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