May 19, 2020 at 10:29 am #1203489887
I like this trailer. It had a good ending. I got a kick out of them putting dialogue over cuts of people’s faces from different scenes. Speaking of which, I cannot wait for you all to see Lisa Kudrow outside of this one scene for her that they keep using in the trailers. To those who have commented with concern about her having a limited role, fear not—she has other scenes, ha.May 19, 2020 at 10:29 am #1203489890
Obviously you can’t completely judge a show based on its trailer, but it really looks like this Emmy season is going to have not one, but two space themed comedies with prestigious teams that turn out to be total disappointments.May 19, 2020 at 10:37 am #1203489902
I think the trailer looks good for what it is. I have a general rule that I don’t judge comedies by their freshman year. I find that most comedic shows that I like don’t get good until season 2 onwards (The Office, Parks and Rec, The Orville, Schitt’s Creek). As long as it’s not so horrendous that it gets cancelled after the first season it’s a success in my opinion.
This show looks more satirical than the typical jokes-after-joke type of set up and I’m okay with that. Mildly humourous is all I’m looking for.May 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm #1203499245
Pretty positive first review from Politico:
Based on the first season of 10 episodes, which POLITICO binged-watched in advance of the May 29 release, the show is goofy, funny, wildly unrealistic in some ways—and also gets some big stuff totally right.
Still keeping expectations low but we’re at least off to a good start.May 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm #1203500365
With how on point the publicity campaign has been, I wonder if we were all too hasty in dropping this from predictions. Homecoming and Snowpiercer recently premiered to no fanfare; Barkskins and Ramy are out this week with Space Force and there are almost no reviews out for either, despite not being under embargo. Buoyed by the enduring or resurgent love for The Office, Space Force feels like it might be the most anticipated show of the spring. If that Politico review holds up and this gets a 70 on Metacritic, why would it miss for The Kominsky Method? Steve Carell seems safe; Fred Willard and Jane Lynch are on the cusp.May 26, 2020 at 12:10 am #1203501035
Suuuuuper mixed reviews, learning on bad. It’s a bust, guys!
A collection of notable reviews:
THR: Space Force just isn’t close to consistent — especially in the first half of the season, the misses outweigh the hits — and even as it settles into itself a little more, it’s hard to buy all of the eventual smoothing out of characters and plot lines from that choppy beginning. As star-studded, erratic sci-fi satires from spectacularly talented creators go, Space Force has a lot in common with HBO’s maddening Avenue 5. Maybe both shows will work through their kinks by a second season, but don’t go into this first set of Space Force episodes without expecting the rough patches.
Variety: After watching the whole first season, it’s hard to say what kind of story or comedy “Space Force” is trying to be. This kind of identity crisis isn’t unique; most freshman comedies need a bit to settle into their grooves and ultimate intentions. Still, given the talent and enormous machine behind it, “Space Force” should by all rights be better than “fine.”
Comicbook.com: Space Force is delightfully absurd, a comedic light that comes along at the best possible time. The satire throughout is welcome comedy, poking fun at the notion that the United States government aims to convert soldiers into space-faring crimefighters. Admittedly, the parodies are a little too on-the-nose at times, removing the suspension of reality some might expect while they put on a movie or TV series. Even then, that’s something that speaks volumes to the world we live in, rather than to the quality of the programming itself.
That said, Malkovich is getting great reviews, Carell is getting good to great reviews, and the cast is well-liked by most critics I’ve read so far. I think Series/Writing/Directing are probably out; hard to say if the actors will make it through come Emmy time.May 26, 2020 at 12:33 am #1203501075
Boy Genius Report: “I watched the whole thing twice.”
crpWrites: “worthwhile to watch and re-watch over again”
B+ from Flick Direct: “Netflix and Carrell [sic] have another hit on their hands that is enjoyable and entertaining”
4/5 from ComicBook.com: “Space Force is delightfully absurd”
4/5 from Toisto: “The ride might be bumpy, but so far it’s worth it.”
75% from Keith Loves Movies: “Space Force is a solid workplace comedy”
New Scientist: “Almost as Comical as the Real Thing”
C|NET: “But is it funny? Sort of…”
3.5/5 from Music City Drive-In: “The writing of the show had its ups and downs.”
C+ from Entertainment Weekly: “Space Force is a Title in Search of a Show”
3/5 from The Telegraph: “One Giant Laugh Isn’t Quite Enough”
3/5 from Digital Spy: “It’s just frustrating.”
Variety: “Space Force is really just okay.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Space Force just isn’t close to consistent”
Inverse: “This Unfunny Workplace Comedy Isn’t Worth Your Time”
Time: “Why is Their New Show Space Force Such a Bust?”
Consequence of Sound: “A Waste of Space, Talent, Resources, Time”
The Daily Beast: “Space Force is Shockingly Bad”
1/5 from TV Guide: “New Netflix Series is Just Vast Emptiness”May 26, 2020 at 12:54 am #1203501106
At this point I think I’m just gonna skip it. I don’t need to watch another mediocre show when Ramy another comedy show is released the same day.May 26, 2020 at 1:13 am #1203501119
So far the reception of the show reminds me a lot of Parks and Recreation’s first season – talented and largely likeable cast, inconsistent writing, tonally confusing, and kind-of-funny-ish-but-actually-just-okay. Also the whole fighting to climb out of The Office’s shadow narrative. P&R eventually turned out of be one of the best comedies (imo) of the last decade, but I can’t see that happening for Space Force. What a shame, given the talent in front and behind the camera. When do we think Netflix is going to announce whether it’s picked up for season 2 or not? I’m still expecting this to be a commercial hit despite the lukewarm reviews.May 26, 2020 at 1:15 am #1203501125
Reviews confirm that Lisa Kudrow has a small role of being the wife.May 26, 2020 at 1:16 am #1203501121
The more legitimate the publication, the worse the review. Like I have said, they spared no expense in production design and visual effects, with a sweeping score by Carter Burwell uncharacteristic of a sitcom. The second episode is all about Steve Carell directing a chimpanzee in space via live video feed and I could not tell at the time if it was inspired or just dumb. The litmus test for this show might be the “Kokomo” dance sequence toward the end of the pilot. See if you find it delightfully funny or just cringe; that might give you an idea of how you find the rest of the season.
John Malkovich getting better notices than the show is irrelevant because I do not think that you can overcome such a thing in supporting. Steve Carell can in lead because of his star power; Jane Lynch and Fred Willard can because they are just guests, but supporting is the weird middle ground. Speaking of weird middle ground, let me put it this way about Lisa Kudrow: She has a single scene between the first and eighth episodes. The eighth episode is her tape, but then she is back to a single scene in the ninth episode, so she is properly only in three episodes. Among the most bizarre things about the show is that the first episode introduces a major mystery related to her character—one of only two things embargoed from spoiling in reviews (and the other is so insignificant that you would never guess it)—and then it goes unresolved all season, so do not hold your breath as I and the rest of the press did. It is a smaller role than it should be, but she is not just “the wife” and might have been best in show for me actually because I was happy when she appeared, like Archie Panjabi in Run; reviews cannot mention her much because they are facing a specific embargo here.May 26, 2020 at 8:25 am #1203501583
Reviews from IndieWire and Collider are kinder to the show, again singling out Carell and Malkovich as they seem to be the standouts on the acting side:
IndieWire gives it a B – “With a clenched jaw, gray hair, and raspy growl, Carell feels like he’s bringing Brad Pitt’s “War Machine” caricature down to Earth; he walks a fine line between cartoonish indifference and wearied heroics, and Carell usually hits the right mark for each moment. When he has to reach for the laugh, he tends to get it.”
“Still, “Space Force” might fall apart without Malkovich.”
“As it stands, “Space Force” is clearly made with joy. Maybe it won’t fill the “Office”-sized hole in Netflix subscribers’ hearts when the series leaves the service later this year, and perhaps it could serve a greater purpose than silly fun. But I certainly prefer this version over one that only aims to recreate the past.”
Collider gives it B+ – “Naird’s arc in particular is quite fascinating, and Carell does a tremendous job of instantly differentiating this specific workplace “boss” from one Michael Scott. Naird is largely humorless, but Carell and Daniels are able to use that to draw out humor as it relates to this specific character. He’s also empathetic, as his relationship with his daughter Erin (Diana Silvers) is another emotional cornerstone for the series”
“Dr. Adrian Mallory, played with delightful aplomb and self-awareness by John Malkovich (a tremendously underrated comedic performer). Mallory is in many ways the right-hand man of Naird, but the two are on opposite sides of the political spectrum and argue often. There’s an inherent respect between the two individuals, however, that continues to bring them together despite their disagreements, and this close friendship is one of the emotional cornerstones of the series.”
“But as with all of Daniels’ other shows (including the recently launched Amazon sci-fi series Upload, which is great), Space Force is a series that succeeds because of its well-drawn characters. There’s a winning charm to Carell’s performance that’s hard to resist, and the friendship between Naird and Mallory is basically the Jim/Pam of this show—there’s a lot to root for there. There are characters that work better than others, and it takes a few episodes for the series to find the right tone (satire ain’t easy), but by the end of the 10-episode first-season run I found myself endeared to this disparate ensemble and deeply invested in what happens next.”
It is currently sitting (barely) FRESH on RottenTomatoes at 61%.May 26, 2020 at 11:06 am #1203501995
Currently has a score of 46 on MC. I guess it is a flop?May 26, 2020 at 11:57 am #1203502039
So I was only predicting it for Carrel and I’m now trying to figure out if I should continue keeping him in or replace him with Cheadle.
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