Tuesday, February 22, 2022

What I’m Watching: Space Force (Season Premiere)

Space Force: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Inquiry” (B+)

I was never sure if this show was actually coming back for a second season since the notice I saw about its renewal felt very unverified, and it’s been a little over a year and a half since all of season one dropped. I will say that the show has grown on me over time, and I found myself quite amused watching this season opener. It’s fun to see a few faces who are also currently on other shows, like Ben Schwartz on “The Afterparty” and Noah Emmerich, whose General Grabaston made it very difficult to take his FBI agent on “Suspicion” seriously. It looks like he’s out of the loop now with Mark back in control of Space Force, though he’s going to be watched carefully and he unwisely negotiated down the amount of time in which he needs to make a good impression or find his funding and authority cut once again. Among the highlights of the anxiety-ridden testimony process were Tony not being able to handle not being near his phone before Adrian stepped in to slap him and Angela expressing legitimate annoyance than everyone kept comparing vacations and other experiences to how she felt coming back from the moon. Mark’s words on the stand didn’t help all that much, agreeing with certainty that he was only two or three of the things that he stood accused of, definitely not all six, and Brad and Erin gave specifically unhelpful details that should have worked against him. But they all rallied with true words of affirmation for their boss, and it appears to have paid off. I wonder if everyone FaceTiming with Maggie is a sign that we’ll see more of her this season, but it’s hard to know. I’m looking forward to what’s sure to be an absurd and entertaining ride.

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