Saturday, October 3, 2020

Round Two: Away

Away: Season 1, Episode 2 “Negative Return” (B)

I haven’t been too quick to continue watching this show, which premiered on September 4th, but I also find it very difficult to stay up to date on streaming series that release all of their episodes at the same time if I haven’t had a chance to start early and watch them before that. This show’s premise does intrigue me, but what I’m trying to figure out is whether there’s anything truly original here that merits watching it instead of any other space travel science fiction that’s out there. I will always, for instance, reference “Virtuality,” a FOX series that only ever got a two-hour pilot order, as an enormously compelling space travel series, and I’d gladly trade all of this show for a chance to see more of that produced (it’s been over a decade, so I’m not holding my breath). What doesn’t strike me as vital is the manufacturing of a life-or-death situation involving the main character, who we all know isn’t going to die. One of the things I appreciated most about the new “Lost in Space” (a show whose second season I still need to watch) is that it felt like its characters were in mortal danger each episode even though they were evidently not going to die. Here, Emma doing something crazy to try to save everyone was obviously going to work, and as a result the suspense factor is minimal. Getting more insight into who Misha is was helpful, and the same is true for the other astronauts whose backstories are slowly being filled in. I’m open to the idea of continuing with this show, but unless I find that I have plenty of time to spend on it, I may opt to prioritize other series that I consider to be more vital viewing.

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