Netflix’s Space Force fails to explore its boundless potential.

Netflix’s Space Force fails to explore its boundless potential.

Created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, Space Force pokes fun of the space warfare division of the United States Armed Forces that was made independent by Donald Trump’s administration.

It has a star-studded cast namely Steve Carell as General Mark Naird, John Malkovich as Dr. Adrian Mallory, Ben Schwartz as Tony Scarapiducci, Diana Silvers as Erin Naird and Tawny Newsome as Captain Angela Ali.

Centering on the task force for the “boots on the moon” order by the president, this workplace comedy has a lot of real-world material to work with like caricaturing political figures, imitating real-world events, and making fun of Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, it can’t quite strut on its rich groundwork. It runs with a limp and loses its way while dragging us along with it.

General M. Naird for most of season one is more concerned about delivering overbearing punch lines than sound ones. His relationship with his wife (Lisa Kudrow) and daughter (Diana Silvers) had plenty of screen time. His chemistry with Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich) is one of the fun things about the show. Their banter leaves a lot of room to be improved but enjoyable nonetheless. Tony Scarapiducci and Brad Gregory weren’t really that interesting and to some degree, they’re quite a nuisance. The standouts are really the cuteness of Captain Ali and his relationship with Chan. The two are playfully dancing on the “are we friends or more than that?” storyline with astronomical stakes involved.

The space scenes and space politics were really interesting to see. Seeing a monkey trying to attach the solar panels of the ship while another episode shows an escalated territorial dispute on the moon between China and the U.S.A. were some of the show’s highest points.

The comedy sometimes just feels like it’s trying too hard. If the personalities were better highlighted and a bit more distinct, then it wouldn’t have felt like everyone’s trying to snatch the mic from everyone.

Still, there’s a lot of room to improve in the series. Patching the plot holes and tightening the script for season 2 would draw more interests.

Space Force gets a 5/10

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