Space Force (TV series) is a brand new comedy TV show, a Netflix original. It is made by the star of The Office (USA) Steven Carell and Greg Daniels, the creator of The Office, SNL, The Simpsons, and many other popular shows. Available on Netflix.
The story is about the newly created (sixth) branch of United States Armed Forces, named US Space Force, the unit is in a chaotic race to attain space supremacy over their adversaries. I found the show to be average, nothing noteworthy or engaging.
The show highlights how incompetent the current US administration has become, especially the POTUS (President of The United States) being self-centred and everyone around doing things just to please him – In one episode, the bigwigs at Space Force try hard to come up with an out of the world, birthday present to the President – In another, a celebrity businesswoman (reminding the infamous Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos) known to the President gets to showcase her non-proven Rocket Fuel in a real rocket launch.
In the 1970s and 1980s, USSR was shown to be the adversary to the United States in many works from Hollywood. Being 2020, the Space Force has China as the bogeyman – a clear contrast is seen with China being displayed to be superior and well-funded whereas the US team to be ill-prepared and several steps behind.
Unlike “The Office”, Space Force had little exploration of the individual characters, their background, their love, fear, or aspiration. Instead, it focuses on the top brass and the larger plot and that makes it tiresome after a point.
Season 2 – March 2022:
Season 1 ended as a cliff-hanger. The first episode of Season 2 continues from that point well.[spoiler] We learn that both the US and Chinese astronauts have destroyed each other’s habitat on the moon using wrenches and non-firearms. At least no life was lost due to some good intentions and incompetency of the General heading the US Space Force. [/spoiler]
There were fun moments in this season, I liked the chair race the characters have while waiting for the decision by the secretary on the program’s fate, and the killer robot challenge that was conducted. I felt that in these times of global tensions, Space Force comes as a good antitode in the way it handles geopolitics and gives hope.
After the first episode, rest of the season 2, was ordinary. The story doesn’t progress much and not much of mentioning happens. I hope Season 3 turns out to be more engaging.