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Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4/20










Away centers on Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission. It is a series about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.




10 episode season. Premieres September 4th.

From the creator of Friday Night Lights, the director of Glory & Courage Under Fire and the director of The Batman.


Edward Zwick directed the Pilot.


This looks really good and has a great creative team behind it. However, it's premiering the same day as season 2 of The Boys, so it may not get much notice.

and how does Netflix keep up cranking out shows like this?


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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

This seems like it is going to be a little too melodramatic for my taste.

Cast and premise looks pretty good, but I have a feeling it is going to be one of those series where every episode is going to have to have someone breaking down. Ill wait for some reviews.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Watched 30 minutes of the first episode so far and not sure how I feel about it.

I love astronomy, so this should be perfect for me. But it seems like Iíve seen everything before in every other space-related TV show and movie.

I didnít read the plot summary beforehand. After reading it now, I guess I was hoping for more of a thriller instead of a drama.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Zwick's pedigree is in relationship & family dramas, not sci fi, so I expected it to be soapy and it is. Most of Ep2 is in space already so it's not a tempo issue. It's not bad, just very mainstream and predictable, "thirty-something Goes to Mars"... The real topic so far is now much everyone misses everyone being headed for a long mission, and a family scared for Mom because "space is dangerous".

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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

I've watched the first two episodes and am ambivalent at this point. Was hoping for something a bit more original, but when the crew started deploying the solar panels, I thought to myself, "okay, one will have a mechanical failure and they'll have to go out and fix it and have major drama doing so." I'm disappointed at how correct I was.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

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I love astronomy, so this should be perfect for me. But it seems like Iíve seen everything before in every other space-related TV show and movie.

I didnít read the plot summary beforehand. After reading it now, I guess I was hoping for more of a thriller instead of a drama.
This sums up pretty well how I feel about it after watching the first episode. I knew nothing about it going in other than that it was about a mission to Mars. To be honest, when I started watching I thought this was a movie. About 40 minutes in I was thinking "Is this whole movie going to only be about the days just before a Mars mission, but not the mission itself?" Only when I checked the time remaining did I see that this was labeled episode 1. I'll watch some more to see how it goes. I like Swank, and the actor playing the Russian astronaut is usually good playing asshole characters.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Sounds like y'all would be better off watching For All Mankind instead, if you haven't already.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Decided I'd give this a shot. I generally love sci-fi though.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Not bad, but it really strikes me as a Clint Eastwood-directed film, just cut into ten 50-ish minute pieces.For-sure more soapy than sci-fi\thriller.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

First ep was fine, I think I'm going to stick with it, I like Swank and Josh Charles
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

I liked the second episode better, though I don't feel like this team of astronauts is very realistic. The story is really pitting them in conflict with each other to heighten the drama. They act very antagonistic with each other (for an astronaut crew), and that runs quite contrary to what I know of real international space travel collaboration. The Chinese woman's 'secret' communications and her readiness to throw out the established chain of command on the ship is kind of cartoonishly villainous. And the botanist? They're sending a guy to Mars who's never even been in space before? They all act like they only know each other a little bit, but they should have been training together for years for a mission like this. Whoever did the psych evals for this crew and approved them to spend 3 years together in a tin can should be fired.

I do like that we see how Swank's husband and daughter are dealing with their wife/mom being away and in danger. Feels like there's more to the story of the 'support crew' member--the woman that is looking after Swank's daughter. We got to see a little of the family and backstory of the Russian astronaut, so I presume we'll find out more about the others' personal stories, too, in time.

The visuals are pretty good, though fairly minimal. I'd like a better view of the ship as a whole and the rotating sections of the ship. One thing that bugs me in space movies that depict zero gravity is when they show someone floating and they kind of bob up and down a little--either in place or as they move after pushing off something. That shouldn't happen. I think I saw a little of that when Swank was moving toward the solar panel. A minor nitpick, but I teach physics and things like that are pet peeves for me, even when I can ignore more significant errors for the sake of storytelling.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

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I liked the second episode better, though I don't feel like this team of astronauts is very realistic. The story is really pitting them in conflict with each other to heighten the drama. They act very antagonistic with each other (for an astronaut crew), and that runs quite contrary to what I know of real international space travel collaboration. The Chinese woman's 'secret' communications and her readiness to throw out the established chain of command on the ship is kind of cartoonishly villainous. And the botanist? They're sending a guy to Mars who's never even been in space before? They all act like they only know each other a little bit, but they should have been training together for years for a mission like this. Whoever did the psych evals for this crew and approved them to spend 3 years together in a tin can should be fired.

I do like that we see how Swank's husband and daughter are dealing with their wife/mom being away and in danger. Feels like there's more to the story of the 'support crew' member--the woman that is looking after Swank's daughter. We got to see a little of the family and backstory of the Russian astronaut, so I presume we'll find out more about the others' personal stories, too, in time.

The visuals are pretty good, though fairly minimal. I'd like a better view of the ship as a whole and the rotating sections of the ship. One thing that bugs me in space movies that depict zero gravity is when they show someone floating and they kind of bob up and down a little--either in place or as they move after pushing off something. That shouldn't happen. I think I saw a little of that when Swank was moving toward the solar panel. A minor nitpick, but I teach physics and things like that are pet peeves for me, even when I can ignore more significant errors for the sake of storytelling.
agreed, 2nd episode was better and the visuals are very good. I love space stuff so I will stick with this, but it has a lot more melodrama then I care for, but it's new content, so why not!
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

3rd episode was all drama, but it was really good.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Watched the first 3 episodes. Really boring.

The Sean Penn Mars series on Hulu was much better than this. Unfortunately cancelled.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Managed to watch it all, but damn was it slow and the drama extremely forced. Multiple times it's stated they trained 2 years for this trip, yet the entire time the crew just bickers like school children who can't work together for even the smallest of tasks. Ends like they intended for it to get another season for the return, but I figure this show will be canned.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Watching with the wife. It is ok. Hillary Swank bugs me but there's enough here for me to keep watching with my wife.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

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Managed to watch it all, but damn was it slow and the drama extremely forced. Multiple times it's stated they trained 2 years for this trip, yet the entire time the crew just bickers like school children who can't work together for even the smallest of tasks. Ends like they intended for it to get another season for the return, but I figure this show will be canned.
Looks like it doesn't change it's drama at all then? I'm already three episodes in. Not sure if I should continue it or not. I think it would be better if it was straight up sci-fi. Instead they seem to be leaning really heavily on it being realistic and there so much melodrama that it's just way to unrealistic. I wouldn't trust these people to work together to get a ferry boat across the english channel let alone on a 3 year journey to Mars and back.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

This has fallen onto my "I may finish this one day" list. Better content beckons!
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Finished up last night. Not sure if it actually gets better or I acclimated to the drama, but decided that it's not bad. Less drama and fewer clichťs in Season Two would be nice.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Yeah I mean if there weren't any drama this would be a show about people in space and then just doing their mundane space jobs.

I will say I love the fact they have space cell phones. And video calls. That shit cracks me up. And that they brought garland into space to decorate.

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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

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Yeah I mean if there weren't any drama this would be a show about people in space and then just doing their mundane space jobs.

I will say I love the fact they have space cell phones. And video calls. That shit cracks me up. And that they brought garland into space to decorate.
Especially considering it costs $10,000 /lbs to send anything into space. And that's low earth orbit let alone Mars. But it is a 3 year mission so certain creature comforts probably become more of a necessity on that long and isolated of a mission.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

Okay, I've just watched episode 7 and I'm thinking I'll finish the season since I've only got 3 eps left, but I doubt I'd watch a second season.

A couple of things irked me in this episode:
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When the daughter gets in the motorbike accident and Matt and the 'support crew' woman are on the way to the hospital, they decide to send a message to Emma--whom Matt is aware is struggling mentally--that just says "Your daughter's been injured in an accident--we don't know how bad it is yet." When they could have waited about 20 minutes until they got to the hospital and had the facts about the daughter. But, no, they had to send the vague message first because Emma--who was 20 million miles away--needs to know ASAP. Really stupid writing just to generate drama. Not a good sign for this show.

Also, the whole little subplot with the surviving plant was kinda dumb--at least in the way the botanist and the Chinese astronaut are portrayed. They are (self-described) two of the 'preeminent' scientists in the world, and he jumps to "It's a miracle from God!" while she thinks it adapted itself to drought, like, immediately. And their whole botany program depends on the survival of this one plant because this version of NASA is apparently unaware of the existence of seeds! You know--those things that can turn into plants but can be kept in dry storage for a long time. Or maybe they just didn't have room to bring seeds because the space was taken up by the Christmas decorations.







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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

this was a bit of a slog, and I wound up fast forwarding the heavy melodrama to get to the sci-fi and space bits... I liked the last ep though, wonder if it found its footing?

The effects were pretty good, but the drama to scifi/space stuff was prob 80/20 would like it to get to 50/50 next time if there is a next time...
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

I binged it over last weekend. Enjoyed it and hope to see another season.
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Re: Away (Netflix) -- S: Hillary Swank, Josh Charles - From EP Jason Katims, Matt Reeves & Ed Zwick - 9/4

https://deadline.com/2020/10/away-ca...ma-1234600145/

Cancelled unfortunately.

I was planning to watch as I like the cast and creative team.

For those who finished the season, does it have any kind of satisfactory end or does it feel incomplete and obviously had more story to tell?

Netflix is just killing projects that aren't getting massive viewers and getting talked about on social media and such. I'll be honest, I saw very little to no promotion or coverage of this show. It's been out barely over a month and they pulled the plug.

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