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How The Space Force Trailer Looks More Like Armageddon Than The Office

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BY May 23, 2020
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Netflix’s Space Force trailer is about a new comedy from the creator of The Office. Following the teaser, the full trailer depicts a bit more story and a more feel-good vibe. The show brings Steve Carell, who mostly does dramatic roles these days, back to his comedic television roots. However, despite being a comedy, both Space Force trailers feel more like Michael Bay’s Armageddon, than the creator’s previous hit NBC sitcom.

The Office Launched The Careers Of Many Of Hollywood’s Favourites

Netflix's Space Force trailer Carell and Shwarz Image via Netflix.

Greg Daniels was the man behind NBC’s hugely successful American adaptation of the British hit, The Office. The series was a breeding ground for some of the biggest and brightest comedy and dramatic stars working today. The Office launched the careers of many writers and stars, including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and so many more. Daniels re-teams with Carell in the Netflix original series Space Force. The new show is about the formation of a new space division of the US military. Seemingly conceptualized off of a true story based very much on the current administration in the White House.  

Netflix’s Space Force Trailer Outlines A Great Premise

Netflix’s Space Force trailer fulfills the exact purpose of a trailer. It raises anticipation, showcases the highlights of the series, and sets the tone for what to expect. The trailer begins with the announcement of the new division, led by Carell’s Mark Naird, much to his surprise. What follows is a mad dash to get the new space program off the ground (no pun intended), as the odds seem stacked against him. There are great moments of comedy as his failure to do so seems imminent. But a lot from the Space Force trailers comes across as an endearing underdog adventure story. Much like Michael Bay’s 1998 space mining, action-drama, Armageddon. 

Space Force Looks Like Armageddon, For Some Reason

Netflix's Space Force trailer Armageddon. Image via Touchstone Pictures.

Armageddon was a movie about oil miners having to go to space to drill through and destroy an asteroid that threatens to collide with Earth. The film brought blue-collar laborers, played by Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, to train with polished Astronauts, played by William Fichtner and Billy Bob Thornton. The comedic elements of the movie came from this unusual mismatch. The uncomfortable reactions of professionals dealing with immature miners was the basis of the comedy. Which looks to be the kind of comedy that can be expected from Space Force. 

The trailer sees Carell exasperated, as others disparage his efforts, and point out the massive scale of his potential failure. Basically what Willis and crew were up against in Armageddon. Seeing buttoned-up Air Force officers engage in inane banter in the face of absurdity is another scene between Carrell and Roy Wood Jr. in the teaser. Which was more or less Thornton’s entire purpose in the movie. There’s also the clash between Carrell’s unqualified General, and John Malkovich’s scientist, who clearly knows more.

The rest of the Space Force trailer shows off the all-star cast having frantic space travel meetings in lit spaces with pop-music blaring. Not only does that describe the first half of Armageddon, but it’s also very reminiscent of Aerosmith’s official music video of I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, featured in the movie’s soundtrack. 

Netflix’s Space Force Trailer Highlights Some Issues With The Show

Netflixs Space Force trailer Carell and Malkovich. Image via Netflix.

Judging by Netflix’s Space Force trailers, I’m kind of worried about the new show. What made The Office great was that the totally under qualified characters were believable in their element of an office setting. Whereas the ridiculous scenes in the trailer seem far fetched in the setting of a supposed branch of the US government. Although, maybe that’s the joke. The concept is more reminiscent of Armando Iannucci’s Veep, which featured politicians in office that had no idea what they were doing. That concept carried over into his new series for HBO, Avenue 5 starring an ensemble cast led by High Laurie. Coincidentally, that show was also about a bunch of unqualified people in space. Oddly enough though, the recent behind the scenes Space Force featurette released by Netflix during this writing, dismisses those concerns of mine, with a more hilarious look into the show and its makers. 

Created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell, Space Force stars Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Shwartz, Diana Silver, Lisa Kudrow, Tawny Newsome, and many more, premiering on Netflix on May 29.

What did you think about Netflix’s Space Force trailer? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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