Quinn (Bea Santos) has been hiding a secret from those closest to her. After years of preparation, Quinn is set to become one of four people sent on a one way mission to Mars to establish a colony. With only a few days left before she leaves, Quinn is finally revealing her mission to the people that mean the most to her in life. Their reactions are mixed, and it leads Quinn to question why she accepted this mission in the first place.

World Away is a six part web series directed by Elias Campbell, Maxim Gertler-Jaffe, and Evan Hamza, and may be one of the most interesting ways to spend about 30 minutes of your time. Broken down into five minute episodes, each piece focuses on Quinn revealing her plans, or saying goodbye in her own way, to the people that mean the most to her.

Of course her first stop is her parent’s house, and the reactions may seem familiar to some viewers. Her mother picks away at the little details surrounding the event, like the fact that Quinn never finished school, while her father is a bit more supportive but still questions the decision. Quinn then reconnects with an old boyfriend, and another friend, before randomly meeting a stranger in the park.

These later moments show Quinn dealing more with her own reasons to leave. She doesn’t actually tell her ex-boyfriend what she’s going to be doing. She really just wants to let him know how important he was to her. When she tries to speak with another friend who she hasn’t spoken to in a few years, the conversation is more negative.

These episodes work wonderfully, as the short series explores why Quinn would even make a one way trip like this. It’s essentially like committing suicide, which is hammered home in the final episode. It’s a bit of a misstep here, as Quinn meets a man in the park who is obviously upset. When he reveals that his boyfriend recently committed suicide, the comparison is made too apparent. While this moment helps Quinn understand what her friends and family are feeling, as well as how she feels about herself and her place in the world, it’s a little too on the nose to be comfortable.

Santos does a fantastic job as Quinn, slowly coming to understand her own motivations for leaving Earth as well as realizing why her friends and family have been reacting the way they have. Although running only five to six minutes an episode, they manage to pack an emotional punch in every scene, slowly building to a final shot that may leave some viewers with tears in their eyes.

The final episode takes away some of the subtlety that the other episodes had built by directly addressing the idea that leaving for Mars is the same as committing suicide, but it’s a small moment in many that work beautifully. You can learn more about the series, the creators, and watch all the episodes by heading to the World Away official website. It’s definitely worth your time.