A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance. (synopsis via Flickering Myth)
Aren’t visionary speeches by politicians the absolute worst?
They sound all inspirationary and full of expansive promise but dig a little and they are full of nothing but motherhood-and-apple pie ideas, PowerPoint graphics and a vague sense that something yada yada yada will happen at some point in the future.
I imagine that’s what happened in the lead-up to Netflix’s upcoming new show, Space Force, that’s … wait for it … out of this world (someone had to say it; why not me?) all about the newest branch of the US military.
Granted it actually does exist, well the idea of it anyway, but conception and execution are two wholly different things – unless you’re a politician in which case they are one and the same; well, in their minds, at least – which is precisely what the military’s newest four-star general discovers when he is given the possibly poison apple position of heading up Space Force.
The trailer indicates that this yawning gulf between cosy idea and sobering reality is very much a thing for Space Force where what someone wants may not necessarily be what someone gets.
Parody is, of course, the name of the game here and with a raft of great comedy talent onboard and Greg Daniels and Steve Carell heading things up, its bound to a laughter-filled ride indeed.
Space Force premieres its 10-episode season on 29 May.