Back at the beginning of 2020, which now feels like 3 years ago, I published a Top 10 promising 2020 releases and Space force was among them. Space force on Netflix was released shortly after an actual rocketship Crew Dragon by SpaceX was due to launch but got rescheduled to May 30, which was exactly a day I finished up series one of Space Force and switched from a tv show to an actual live space launch. After seeing 10 episodes of the comedy show I got quite nervous for the real thing.
The timing of the Space force release on Netflix was perfect.
Space force brought a lot of big names like Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz, or Lisa Kudrow. Or for uninterested better known as Michael Scott from The Office, Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Recreation and Phoebe Buffay from Friends.
With a cast like that, your expectations for a great comedy are high.
The plot follows up a chaotic attempt of a new branch of Americans military Space Force fulfill POTUSs tweet “Boots on the moon” (a typo for boobs so you know exactly which president we’re dealing with) and put Americans back on the moon.
The whole Space Force branch is a laughing stock lead by Steve Carell as a Mark Naird, who has a lot on his plate with a teenage daughter (Diana Silvers) and a wife (Lisa Kudrow) in prison.
Everything is a mess and no one really knows what they’re supposed to be doing so the humor of it shows naturally. The show really had me laughing out loud in some moments, but most of the time it was just a light chuckle. Nothing extra. Just ok.
There were times where the comedy seemed too bleak and forced.
They tried to balance it with heavy stuff. Like discussing what’s gonna happen with a marriage if one person sits in prison for 40 years or considering attacking the Chinese space base for running over the American flag and the potential repercussions.
I liked the one about people forgetting how bad polio was so they refuse vaccination and forget how bad the war was so they march right into the next one. But besides that, it was not that deep.
I got to appreciate the pilot episode, you know the most important one that’s gonna make people decide if the show is worth the rest of their time. Seeing a chimp repairing a spaceship totally got me hooked.
The episode number one was the best of them all and the show slowly decreased its value over the episodes.
Like any other comedies, we have a place B we need to get to from place A with a plot, but each episode has its little own story to tell on the way. You can play any episode randomly and still get the general idea of what’s going on.
Another thing I had to appreciate is that the bad guy was not Russians but Chinese for a change.
What surprised me was the amount of relationships displayed in just 10 episodes. One more and the Space Force would turn int rom-com. I just think that when you’re sending a janitor to the moon, you don’t need to add an awkward boy likes a girl moments to spice it out.
I feel like they were holding back and didn’t reveal the shows pull potential in season one.
Space Force was produced by Greg Daniels, the guy who created The Office and this sitcom of his was not even close to the glory of The office. I would compare space force to the last few seasons of The Office when you know the quality is not what it used to be but you watch it for the nostalgia and laugh because it feels sad not to.
The season ends on a cliffhanger so there is a possibility for season 2, but nothing has been confirmed yet.