"Space Force" is a new Netflix Series that reunites Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, the star and creative force behind the American version of "The Office". And there's an amazing cast for the ride, including John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Jane Lynch.
But as we think about the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, all of this only makes the show more disappointing. It's not a disaster – "Space Force" is sporadically entertaining and fun, but never as entertaining or fun as you might hope.
Part of the problem is the show's stance towards the Trump Administration's Space Force. While one might expect Space Force to skewer the idea of space militarization, it fluctuates between mockery and lukewarm enthusiasm instead – and in both cases, the organization pictured appears to be only slightly related to its real counterpart.
The show also suffers from the focus on Carell's normally adorable screaming and scratchy performance as General Mark R. Naird, the fictional chief of the Space Force. And there's a broader feeling that everything was a little rushed, as the show was announced little more than a year ago, while Daniels was working on the (far superior) "upload" for Amazon Prime Video.
Before we get to our review, we also (briefly) discuss our support for the ongoing protests that respond to George Floyd's death.
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If you want to continue, the episode is broken down as follows:
0:26 protest discussion
4:40 "Space Force" rating
27:52 "Space Force" spoiler discussion