Space Force is the new comedy streaming on Netflix. Staring Hollywood’s sweet heart Steve Carrel as well as the acclaimed John Malcovich. It is an iconic pairing using current US developments as their foundation for the satire.
Space Force is a workplace comedy series that centers on a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of USA’s military. Carell’s character, Mark Naird, is the general in charge of the effort and the series follows his collaboration to get “boots on the moon” per the orders of the President. It aims to replicate the success of the Office.
The show isn’t slapstick comedy as I was expecting but actually very smart satire. This may not resonate with the audience as well. The jokes are funny with a deeper underlying tone. This may fly over the heads of people looking for more 40year old or office style antics. Think of it as a more mature office and if that tickles your taste buds then you in for a treat
Malcovich is still a privilege to watch. After viewing his cameos over the last few years, I always hoped for a more comedic performance and he doesn’t disappoint. Poised opposite Carrel he still delivers. Carrel is the heart of the show, having developed the show. His sensibility and stupidity help offset the mediocrity of the supporting cast. Again, his banter with his co Star is what holds the show together.
The supporting cast is the polar opposite and in dire need of an adrenaline shot. They seem to be lacking in every front. Their personality and humor seems to have been confiscated by the general. Maybe I am selling them short, surely standing against the talents of Carell and Malkovich can be extremely intimidating.
From a story point the show moves forward and a healthy pace and does have a longer arc. I suppose they weren’t going for barrel of laughs but rather a genuine story with a funny bone nudged in, along with a sprinkle of satire. If that is indeed the case then they have hit their mark.
The show has the right ingredients to become a classic, but it really needs to find its feet fast. A few chops and change and this can join the ranks of Carella former office glory. Personally I am sticking around for season two. I want to see “Boots on the Moon”