Steve Carell is as hilarious as ever in the new Space Force trailer!
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The trailer for Steve Carell’s Netflix series Space Force season 2 just dropped! The workplace comedy/drama/space show first premiered in 2020, to somewhat mixed reviews. According to show co-creator Greg Daniels, the upcoming season has been heavily revamped behind the scenes. Hopefully we will get a more focused comedic take on “what if there was a Space Force, but not the actual one the US currently has?” than the previous. With an enormously talented comedic ensemble cast led by Steve Carrell, it feels like they can take it up a notch with this new stack of episodes. Check it out here:
The season 2 Space Force trailer opens with an off-screen voice reciting a number of qualities than can describe Steve Carell’s General Mark R. Naird, the Chief of Space Operations. Those adjectives are…not complimentary. Carrell responds with an aggrieved, somewhat tortured metaphor indicating that pointing fingers at someone’s poor qualities only highlights the accuser’s own. That would be all well and good, if this did not appear to be a military evaluation and/or tribunal of some kind. The speaker is revealed to be an exasperated Tim Meadows, and we’re off to the races. The opening scene is a good indicator of the tone of the trailer, which is to say, chaotic, emotional and actually pretty funny.
Space Force is just the most recent comedy from showrunner Greg Daniels. Through the course of his illustrious career, Daniels has written on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, adapted the original UK version of The Office for American TV, and co-created Parks & Recreation and King of the Hill. That is a level of comedy superstardom that certainly raises expectations to a perhaps unfair level with any new project. They definitely were very high for the first season of the show, which also took on the large task of skewering American exceptionalism, military buildup, workplace interactions and John Malkovich. A big bite to chew for anyone, but Daniels and co-creator Steve Carell definitely have the resumes for it.
After the lukewarm reviews of the first season of Space Force, Greg Daniels worked to retool the show. According to an interview with Collider, he went so far as his past collaborator Norm Hiscock (from both Parks & Rec and King of the Hill) as a co-showrunner. Daniels also enlisted director Ken Kwapis to direct the entirety of Space Force season two; he is also a former co-worker, having directed numerous episodes of The Office (including the American pilot for NBC). The writing room was also beefed up, with Jimmy O. Yang pulling double duty as a part of the ensemble and as a writer, and Steve Carrell himself wrote the season two premiere episode.
Space Force season two has a lot going for it, and the ensemble has talent to spare. When a comedy has Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz, John Malkovich, Jimmy O. Yang, and Tawny Newsome (among many others), it’s pretty hard to screw things up. At the very least, Carrell will be staying busy with his other TV gig at The Morning Show and reuniting with The Office’s John Krasinski for the movie If. Space Force’s second season will be premiering on February 18 on Netflix.