Science fiction epics typically focus on the traditional heroic types: the dashing space warriors, the roguish smugglers, the fierce female with a power loader and an attitude. But what about the folks in the background during all those blaster fights and space battles? What about the people who show up after all the chaos and carnage and have to clean up the mess? Don’t they have worthwhile stories, too? Such is the premise behind the upcoming webseries Space Janitors, the biggest thing to happen to extraterrestrial waste management since Roger Wilco went into retirement.
Set to run on the popular gaming site The Escapist beginning on April 13th, Space Janitors is the story of Darby and Mike, two hapless janitors who help keep the Empire’s floors clean and shiny. That might not sound like that stressful a job, but most janitorial positions don’t include the risk of being force choked by a Sith Lord if you forget to refill the paper-towel dispenser. According to First Showing, the show is the brainchild of Toronto-based filmmakers Davin Lengyel and Geoff Lapaire. They’re also responsible for the webseries Pure Pwnage, which you can watch via their website or on Hulu. If the Space Janitors premise excites you too much to wait until April, the pilot episode will have a special early premiere on The Escapist this February 24th.
You can check out the first official poster for Space Janitors below, and the gallery at the bottom has another shot from the series, as well as individual character posters for the show’s main players. In addition to Darby and Mike, you’ve got a computer psychologist, an android engineer (do they have androids in Star Wars?), and a clone trooper named Dennis 4862. Who, it should be pointed out, doesn’t really look that much like Temuera Morrisson.
Of course, there’s a space elephant in the room will have occurred to many Star Wars fans by now, that this all seems awfully familiar. Specifically, Robot Chicken did a hilarious take on this same core concept in one of their Star Wars specials. They managed to wring quite a bit of laughter out of the concept in basically 30 seconds of screen time. Will Space Janitors find ways to mine even more humor out of the idea? We’ll have to wait until April to find out.