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While it's undeniably wrenching to know you'll soon be losing direct contact with your loved ones the longer you travel into the cosmos, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't itching to get back to deep space every time the story turned to Lex.
Ultimately the saving grace for "Away" is what keeps it from being great - the soap-opera plots. They're storytelling junk food. You keep watching because you wonder how everyone can get themselves out of this mess.
The problem is that even when Emma and her colleagues face serious dangers, like fires and damaged water-supply systems, the stakes never feel as high as they should. Away is a TV show. It's also a form of melatonin.