Tuesday, June 16, 2020

What I’m Watching: Space Force

Space Force: Season 1, Episode 4 “Lunar Habitat” (B)

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone that Mark is the type of person who would boldly march into a situation he saw wasn’t working to try to fix it himself without bothering to ask any questions about what had gone wrong and what specifically needed to be addressed. He started off poorly when he expressed a distaste for all the potatoes, which gave me flashbacks to “The Martian,” and it wasn’t long before he started eating bugs. I recognized the sculptor, Jerome, as actor Michael Hitchcock, a familiar face from other shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” He appeared most sympathetic to Mark from the start and, in the end, Mark being able to open up about his feelings and what worried him most helped the mission to come to a seemingly positive and successful conclusion. Erin’s eagerness to throw a party in her father’s absence resulted in a whole lot of uneaten pizza and many more bugs than were on the counter because of the spilled smoothie, and I like that Mark came home and just started cleaning it up himself rather than yelling at her for not doing it. Maggie wasn’t very helpful when Erin came to her for advice, and I wish Erin would have called her good buddy Angela or her boyfriend Bobby to spend some time with her. Brad has been positioned as a completely useless assistant thus far, and in this episode we saw that he at least gets what is supposed to be accomplished even if he can’t always execute it. Tony, on the other hand, doesn’t want to listen to anyone, and instead seeks only his own career advancement, as evidenced by his totally counterproductive efforts to placate FLOTUS’ request for absurd new uniforms.

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