There’s a very annoying thing in the age of streaming. It’s the “just wait until episode five… it gets real good” thing. The “I know there are close to 1,000 TV series to watch but spend several hours not enjoying yourself so you can appreciate when this arbitrary show finds its way” thing. The very annoying thing that—groan of all groans—can be true if you have the patience and/or the masochism to investigate.
And so when it came to Space Force, I watched through episode five. And then I watched episode six. And episode seven. And episode eight. The show did not get good.
Maybe it was disbelief that kept me hitting “play next,” or at the very least confusion. If not, perhaps it was misguided optimism?
You see, Space Force, which launches on Netflix Friday, is Steve Carell’s big return to TV comedy, his first starring role in one since The Office. More, the series reteams Carell with Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of The Office for NBC. There’s another “more” to that sell, too, which is the cast assembled. John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Schwartz, Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair, Kaitlin Olson, and the late Fred Willard all have supporting or guest roles.