Getting astronauts to live on the moon seemed like a daunting task. It turned out to be a hilarious, out-of-this-world experience. Netflix’s new show “Space Force” manages to delightfully capture the satire of militarizing the moon.
The show, released May 29, was created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels. Daniels is known for being one of the writers of “The Office,” in which Carell stars as Michael Scott.
Recently promoted, four-star General Mark Naird (Carell) is placed in charge of the newly formed Space Force. After years of serving in the Air Force, Mark must realize the Earth’s sky and outer space are two different things entirely.
Together with his motley crew of scientists and one media consultant, they strive toward completing their mission. Otherwise, they risk watching their careers go up in flames.
Head scientist Dr. Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich) acts as Mark’s better half, steering the general toward the right decisions. He also makes sure Mark doesn’t let his no-nonsense attitude get the better of him.
The show also provides subtle nods to political figures such as President Donald Trump and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). While the show doesn’t mention Trump by name, the cast only ever deals with the president through a text or tweet.
What makes “Space Force” stand out from other space stories, such as “The Right Stuff” or “Apollo 13,” is how it adds the right amount of humor to make the show worth watching, such as a monkey fixing a satellite with just a power drill.
Instead of dealing with problems in a more civil manner, meetings with U.S. military department heads quickly devolve into how they can make themselves look like winners or if bombing is an easier solution.
The department heads also pick on one another, acting as playground bullies as they compete over who is the better military.
Viewers watch as Mark races against other countries to live on the moon, works with an administration who asks for the impossible and handles a struggling family.
Throughout this tension, Mark handles all of these issues by singing about them. This is where the show succeeds: its ability to have serious or high-ranking characters take a moment and embrace their silliness. Then, when all of the pressure goes away, the characters go back to finishing what they were doing.
Media consultant Tony Scarapiducci (Ben Schwartz) takes this funny side of the Space Force team and tries to improve the program’s image through social media. Scarapiducci constantly tries to intervene in highly classified conversations to see if he can make a popular tweet out of whatever is happening in the episode.
The cast of “Space Force” shoots for stars with their comedy and successfully lands on the moon.
“Space Force” is out now on Netflix.
This article has been modified from its original version.