Space Force may be one of the silliest incidents during a presidency that is both patently ridiculous and relentlessly cruel. Trump announced this sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in June 2018, intended to defend satellites and carry out space-related missions, but mostly, as our own Garrett Martin noted, to distract from the president’s abhorrent border policy.
However surreal the idea of a Space Force is (even the two words together sound like comic book material), someone has to mine that comedy gold, and thus the eponymous new Netflix sitcom was born. Space Force comes from the minds of Steve Carell and American The Office creator Greg Daniels, with the former also starring in the forthcoming workplace comedy. The two will also executive produce alongside 3 Arts’ Howard Klein, whose credits include The Office (U.S.), The Mindy Project and Parks and Recreation.
A short clip tipping its hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey says that the series will follow the people tasked with creating this nebulous sixth division of the armed forces. Whether the show brings back the talking heads format popularized by The Office or delves into The Thick of It territory, needless to say, we’re excited.