by Naina Biswas ’23
On February 18th, Netflix’s Space Force returned to the silver screen for its second season. Initially, many were surprised by the renewal of the show due to its weak comedy, garnering an abundance of negative reviews, both from critics and viewers. However, the creators of the series were able to improve it by taking the criticism it received in a constructive manner.
Space Force is a comedy series created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels. The show stars Carell himself, John Malkowich, Diana Silvers, Ben Schwartz, and Tawny Newsome, as main cast members. In season 2, the main cast stays the same, except for the addition of Jimmy O. Yang and Don Lake, who played recurring characters in the previous season.
The show follows a group of people who are assigned to work in the United States Space Force, a branch of the United States Armed Forces. In season 1, General Naird (Carrell) takes on the position of Chief of the Space Force. The members of the Space Force fight against the Chinese Space Force to colonize the Moon. The U.S. Space Force then notices that their Chinese counterpart has already established a base at the moon, resulting in them spending the entirety of season 1 attempting to plan their own colonization. Season 1 ended with the team’s established base being destroyed by the Chinese Space Force leaving the audience on a cliffhanger and on their toes for the following season.
Season 2 takes a different approach, focusing on the entire cast rather than the protagonist who Carrell portrays. The season depicts a majority of the members of the Space Force preparing to leave due to other career opportunities, driving the audience to believe that this season will be the last. However, in a turn of events, they end up staying due to wage increases, romances, and job promotions, alluding to the third season where the viewers are able to see the ensemble come together again. Many praised this season’s ability to broaden their focus to a group of characters as it accounted for engrossing character dynamics and relationships. Viewers have called this new season to be “bigger, bolder, and funnier” in comparison to the first, and have noted that it is a ‘gut-busting, laugh-out-loud workplace comedy.” The show hasn’t been renewed or canceled for a third season yet, however with such a drastic improvement from the first season to this one, the audience can only expect the following season to be the best one yet.