Netflix' Away is the space drama you've been waiting for | 9Lives
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I’ve always been fascinated with space. I love watching Star Wars, Star Trek, Interstellar, Space Force… anything that puts boots on the moon. I love the science behind it and the CGI that usually comes with it, and Netflix’ Away is the perfect blend of science, drama and damn good cinematography.

So what’s it about?

Netflix gives the official synopsis as 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.

What I liked about it

If I had to sum it up in a few words, I’d best describe it as Grey’s Anatomy set in space. The series will have you in all the feels. The raw, emotional dynamic between the family, with Hilary Swank in a stellar performance as Commander Green, will definitely make you call home.

Away also gives a rare glimpse into life at NASA and how the pilots are trained. If you are at all interested in how astronauts are trained and the type of lives that they lead, the series will give great insight. It also touches on the space race and the results thereof, which makes for an interesting dynamic between the astronauts in the rocket as we see their respective countries’ politics weighing in heavily. It is not only the political content that sets this series apart, but also their willingness to tackle topics such as queerness within political contexts.

A lot of emphasis is placed on the emotional toll of a mission, and the sacrifices that need to be made on both ground-level and in space. Because it is such an engaging mix between the astronauts’ professional and personal lives, it pulls in the audience very effectively and keeps them hooked.

What’s not to like

I watched the series with my husband, and I have to say he lost interest mid-series because of the emotionally-rich content. He was wanting a bit more space and fewer feelings. Towards the end, though, he got back into the series as they once again upped the space content.

On the other hand, if you find space content too out-there for you, you won’t enjoy this series. It is heavily space and science focussed and the astronauts in Away tend to be plagued by very cliched issues – will they survive a spacewalk? will their rations make it to Mars? etc.

Season 1 is now available on Netflix to stream.


Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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