Away (Netflix) Season 1 *spoilers*

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  1. MacThor

    MacThor Not Pictured

    Feb 7, 2002
    Richmond VA


    So I'm interested in this show (but am taking note of the negative reviews here) the series (formerly season) finale an adequate conclusion to the story, or will it just feel incomplete?
  2. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    It's a good season finale.
  3. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    I want to say... yes? I suppose it's a spoiler, but this thread IS tagged as spoilers: they make it to Mars, and the conflicts that were presented within the show were (somewhat) resolved. Obviously family drama is never quite resolved, but resolved enough for the show.

    I personally have no problem watching shows that were cancelled, if it's a good show. This was an ok show, I don't know that I'd watch if I knew it had been cancelled.
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  4. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Finished last night: we were not so hooked so it took us a few months to finish. We'd watch an episode every week or two, mostly when we were waiting for something else to come one.

    I can get past a lot of the dumbness, most specifically things like sending a rookie along or the interpersonal relationships. I just can't get past overlooking basic physics like how long messages take to get back and forth. The water episode was particularly galling in its science stupidity. I just don't think that in today's world it's responsible to play fast and loose with science, even for a "regular" show and definitely not for a scifi show!!!

    I was actually impressed with what they did for null gravity: yes, it was clear they were still in gravity (especially when they sit down) but they were committed to it so I have to give them props for that.

    I would love to get some decent near-future scifi so I was hoping they'd have a second season: there are a lot of really interesting plotlines you could play out on Mars. If they'd just gotten a science advisor and listened to them for even half the things it would have been a whole other story.
  5. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000


    I suspect the latter (listening to them) was more of an issue than the former (having one).

    I know somebody who knew the science advisor for ST:TNG, and he apparently ended up quitting because they just completely ignored everything he had to say. He came to the conclusion that the only reason they had a science advisor was so they could say they had a science advisor, not because they wanted any science advice.
  6. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    I was the opposite. I can overlook some basics, because the story needs to be the story, not the science. But things that are (IMHO) just ridiculous, like rookies on the first trip to Mars, just made it seem like poor writing.

    I never finished. Too many other well-written stories competing for time. Just finished The Queen's Gambit, and today The Crown reckons.
  7. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Funny, I have the same opinion but the opposite conclusion :). Things like rookies on the first trip are OK with me, because the story needs to be a story and having rookies along to serve as someone the viewer can identify with and to be a not-100%-professional all the time seems like a reasonable thing to propel storylines.

    But not making at least a basic attempt at getting the science right is really lazy writing. If they were doing a fantasy sci-fi, like for example Star Wars, then it's one thing to ignore physics but this is supposed to be our near future!

    Queens Gambit was awesome; it was one of the shows that meant it took a few months to finish Away :).
  8. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Sad to see that this was canceled. I finished it yesterday. I had initially watched episode 1 months ago but abandoned it because I thought the Russian and Chinese astronauts were flaming a-holes and couldn't imagine that any agency would put such a dysfunctional crew together for such an important mission. A friend of mine mentioned Away recently so I went back and started episode 2 and kept going. I ended up liking most of it it quite a lot.
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  9. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I watched this over the last couple of weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm actually surprised by the overwhelmingly negative reactions. Yes, the science was laughable, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment.

    Someone mentioned For All Mankind. What drove me crazy with that one was when they were inside a structure on the moon, magically they had full gravity. But as soon as they went outside they were bouncing around. At least with this one they address that the moon has a lighter gravity whether you are inside or out.

    That being said, I'm really looking forward to season two of For All Mankind.
  10. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    Let's not talk about a different show in this thread? Just started watching it.

    I liked this show also.
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  11. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003
    I just have to say one thing-it's really about both shows-I will spoilerize-
    I lol'ed when the "Russian astronaut" in both shows was played by the same actor-like Costa Ronin plays the Russian spy in both Homeland and The Americans-LOL! Are there that few Russian actors? :D:p:rolleyes:...and when I looked up the "Russian Astronaut" actor, he was in Homeland too! LOL!
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2021
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  12. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I didn't catch that!
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