From the free DUST sci-fi channel at YouTube:
“Alone” by William Helmuth (December 3, 2020): From the Press Kit:
Kaya Torres, an engineer with a sailor’s mouth and a stubborn spirit, barely escapes her research ship when calamity breaks it in half.
Now she’s circling a black hole in a pod, with no one coming, no one to help.
While figuring out what to do, Kaya starts sending messages to Hammer, a cartographer marooned on a nearby planet. And as their friendship grows, Kaya’s options slowly dwindle, until survival seems hopelessly out of reach…
As Torres is “marooned on my lifepod” as the only survivor of the DSV Intrepid, she is able to contact an “interstellar penpal” to keep her company via occasional messages until her food runs out and she dies. Unless…
The vodka part was a bit overdone but you’ll see it when you get there. Hint: Very few women could drink that much vodka without choking. See what you think.
One thing that makes the film relevant is the lonely COVID-19 Christmas many will be experiencing. Also, anyone who receives a terminal diagnosis will actually live through something like what Kaya Torres is experiencing.
The ending is worthy of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, as Torres discovers a timely truth.
Note: Language warning (profanity).
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