On ‘Europa,’ can anyone hear you scream?

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EUROPA REPORT

Europa, which orbits Jupiter, is the sixth-largest moon in the solar system. It’s also the destination of the six-person international space mission in “Europa Report.”

The plot’s straightforward enough. Much of “Europa Report” would qualify as outer-space procedural, if that were a genre. The mission takes off from Earth. It lands on Europa and investigates. It takes off or doesn’t (straightforwardness isn’t the same thing as predictability). And what isn’t straightforward about the plot is either hackneyed, implausible, or both. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a good deal of suspense, of course. What is it about the sight of a person putting on a space suit that invariably elicits an “uh-oh” from viewers?

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