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Space Force review round-up: Critics find Steve Carell’s show a ‘pretty farce’

Created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, Space Force starts streaming on Netflix from May 29. The show also stars John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and Diana Silvers.

By: Entertainment Desk | Published: May 26, 2020 7:02:21 pm
space force review Space Force starts streaming from May 29 on Netflix.

Netflix’s latest comedy Space Force is all set to debut on May 29. The early reviews of the Steve Carell show are out, and not everyone seems to be impressed. Created by Carell and Greg Daniels, who have earlier worked together on The Office, the trailer of the show seemed like a throwback to Michael Scott and his Dunder Mifflin days, but the critics have called this series a ‘farce’.

Here’s what critics are saying about Space Force:

The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg wrote in his review, “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.”

Variety’s Caroline Framke remarked that Space Force is “really just okay.” The review reads, “In his first regular comedic TV role since Michael Scott, Carell plays Mark Naird, a newly promoted four-star general who immediately has to prove his worth by making Space Force a workable reality. Mark is either a meek rule obsessive or an arrogant blowhard depending on what any particular scene feels like indulging, but Carell gives him a strange gravelly growl of a voice throughout.”

“But when Space Force tries to go bigger or more inspiring with its plot, it buckles under the weight of its own ambition. It creeps along as the branch makes vanishingly little progress before suddenly lurching it forward to land on the moon,” Framke added.

Indiewire’s Ben Travers’ wrote in his review, “Carell’s sitcom return isn’t Netflix’s Michael Scott Paper Company to NBC’s The Office, or even a Veep-like political satire, but instead a very pretty farce.”

It further read, “It’s a farce and, at most, a light satire when it comes to politics. Despite sharing a name with the American military’s newest and most widely ridiculed branch, Carell and Daniels only take mild pokes at their characters’ odd patriotic obligation — and the President who felt it necessary to make space our next ‘war-fighting domain’ in the first place.”

Space Force also stars John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and Diana Silvers.

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