What is the Space Force going to do

Series criticism: "Space Force": That's all so Trump!

If Steve Carell and Greg Daniels had arrived at a broadcaster ten years ago with their idea for a series about the United States Space Force, then this weird number would have passed off as pure satire. Today, however, when you advertise the ten-part, first season of "Space Force" as a comedy series on Netflix, much of what you see in it has long been (sad) reality, so absurd that you just have to find it funny.

At the start of the series there was a temporal coincidence that could have come from a gag writer: Just a few days ago, the flag of the Space Force, the US space force, which was founded at the end of 2019, was unveiled in the White House: It basically shows the badly stolen logo the "Enterprise", and on this occasion Trump announced what he was planning to do with the Space Force. For example, quote: "Build a Super-Duper Missile". To roar.

Comedy series

Space Force, USA 2020

By Steve Carell and Greg Daniels.

To be seen on Netflix from May 29th.

As a comedian, it's difficult to turn something like that into a joke. Especially when the satirized person is funnier than you are. Carell and Daniels still shot a series about the often ridiculed Space Force. You already know the team's humor from "The Office", both tick similarly when it comes to good punch lines. And so it is surprisingly entertaining at first when the author duo grapples with the absurdity of a space army.

"Boobs on the Moon"

It was the words of the current Potus (the "President of the United States") that indicated the direction via Twitter (Trump is not mentioned by name): There should finally be troops on the moon by 2024, "Boots on the Moon" as it is called in the original. The Potus tweeted "Boobs on the Moon", but his staff dismissed it as a typo.

From here on it is clear: "Space Force" is a reckoning with the most absurd presidency that has ever existed in the USA, with a boastful egomaniac at the top who prefers to pull the Twitter cell phone instead of a Colt; only: Nobody takes him really seriously, and that is his strength (and the danger for the country).

Steve Carell mirrors this potus in a certain way within the series, because as General Naird he initially gets to the chief post of this space army quite suddenly - the pilot would have preferred to head the Air Force. Because nobody takes the Space Force very seriously, the job is also considered an ejection seat, but the move from Washington to Colorado to the secret headquarters of the Space Force is also something of a new beginning for Naird. After just a year, he should show what the Force can do, and he lets a rocket rise as a test. The part explodes near the ground. How much money did that cost, Naird wants to know. "Four middle schools," sighs his assistant.

Naird's triumphant features condense when, when launching a rocket that is supposed to shoot a satellite into space, he refuses to listen to the vehement advice of his scientific advisor to carry out the launch. This, played by a Johann Malkovich, who can hardly be beaten in his slow-motion nonchalance, warns that the humidity on this day is too high. But Naird - like Trump in similar situations - takes the full risk and wins. The start works, it is the luck of the beginner, Trump had that too once.

But the catastrophe follows on the heels of it, and this shows how extraordinary this series could have been had it just continued this level of bizarre and ecstatic absurdity. In the event of a repair in space, a monkey is used as a helper due to the lack of alternatives. He sits together with a dog in a space capsule that the Potus had shot into space to prove that assault rifles work in space. The animals were only there to give the PR department some nice photos. Since then, the weapons manufacturer has been advertising with the slogan: "Even works in Space". That's all so Trump.

Said monkey is then supposed to go for a walk through space, which of course goes wrong. Scenes like this illustrate the absurdity of this real agency.

"Space Force" is nothing like a sitcom, even if the half-hour episodes suggested it. There is a lot of drama mixed in with the comedy. But that's just life: Many of the things that powerful people think of have serious backgrounds and this series reflects that very nicely. Perhaps the Potus will also find them "Super-Duper".