Space Force on Netflix is well worth watching. Spoiler-free review below.
This sci-fi comedy manages to avoid many of the low-hanging fruit inherent in the setup and should be fun for viewers of all political stripes. Which isn’t to say it’s devoid of potshots at the current administration, but it savages the Democratic leadership pretty good as well.
Instead of a goofy and shallow political satire I expected, the show manages to serve up engaging story lines and surprisingly deep and likable characters.
Although I’ve never been a huge Steve Carell fan, he delivers a solid enough performance, but is far outshined by John Malkovich who steals every scene he’s in. Lisa Kudrow is… also in the show. The supporting cast is very solid, especially Jimmy Yang (of Silicon Valley fame), Tawny Newsome (Superstore) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec).
My one quibble is that the Chinese are consistently presented as stock Cold War villains without much redeeming humor and warmth, which the show managed to present so well in the one Russian spy character. They somewhat balance this by having a major Chinese American character on the show (played by Yang), but not quite enough.
There are moments of dry humor that made me laugh out loud mixed with some slapstick and loads of potshots at government bureaucracy and inefficiency. But it’s the character arc that kept me binging the show.
Season 1 is ten 30-minute episodes on Netflix. Warning: ends on a huge cliffhanger.