We’ll be honest, our first thought was “Oh. Another Sad Astronaut story.” We feel like a couple of decades from now, pop culture scholars are going to look at the string of Sad Astronaut tales from this period – Gravity, The Martian, First Man, Interstellar and Ad Astra, to name a few examples – and wonder why we all wanted to be Major Tom, morosely signaling to Ground Control that we’ve given up on earth. Granted, people have always had a fascination with space exploration in our fiction, but there’s something interesting about how – in a time when space isn’t really being explored all that much, comparatively speaking – we’ve turned the astronaut figure into a sort of avatar for human failings. To be fair, however, Away looks like it’s trying to be something of a standard work-life drama:
From Executive Producer Jason Katims, the Netflix series Away is a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way. As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most. As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex. Away shows that sometimes to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind. Created by Andrew Hinderaker, the series is executive produced by showrunner Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims, Matt Reeves, Andrew Hinderaker, Edward Zwick, Hilary Swank, Adam Kassan and Jeni Mulein.
You see, Lady Astronauts are by definition Bad Mothers. Aw, we’re being cynical bitches, we know. We didn’t have a lot of interest when we first heard about this one, but we have to admit the trailer makes it look pretty good.
It also looks fairly expensive, which is kind of a prerequisite for a space drama to work these days. Sure, we’ll watch it. We don’t have a ton of expectations (and not a lot of demands on our time at the moment) but we’ll tell you what: This trailer didn’t make us actively roll our eyes the way that ridiculous Ratched trailer did.
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