The last frontier is space. The location we occasionally fantasise about visiting, despite the fact that there isn’t much in the way of gravity, oxygen, or even an atmosphere of any sort. That would seem idealistic and strange in any other year, but for those of us who have spent the previous calendar year in quarantine, it already feels like we’re all living in different space habitats.
Space Force, a half-hour work sitcom about a military space group, feels oddly fitting in light of this. The series, which stars Steve Carell as the eponymous Space Force commander General Mark R. Naird, premiered in May 2020 with a 10-episode first season. The programme depicts an American agency that consistently fails miserably at even the most basic space-related activities. Chinese intervention, unregulated private contracting, a puppy being devoured by a monkey, and the prospect of an all-out war on the moon are among the challenges.
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Unsurprisingly, the relatable and anxiety-validating Space Force has been extended for a second season, so let’s go through what we know thus far about season 2.
When will the second season of Space Force be released?
Unfortunately, because of continued pandemic constraints, Space Force’s wings have been clipped, as have the wings of so many other programmes trying to continue production. “FilmLA is now accepting applications for licences to film on-location,” according to the most recent update as of this writing, with the caveat that “on-location film production taking place at this time is subject to strict adherence to health and safety requirements.” Simply said, things are still moving slowly at this time.
What we can say is that planning has been going on in some form or another since the first season of the programme aired. “We have some writers already sketching out what we’re going to do simply so that we don’t waste any time,” Space Force co-creator Greg Daniels told Digital Spy in an interview in May 2020. Add in the fact that season 2 will air, which was confirmed in November 2020, and it’s reasonable to conclude that a lot of work on the sophomore season has already begun.
To summarise, if the Netflix series receives clearance for on-location filming, adheres to the standards, and there isn’t another catastrophic breakout, production will almost probably begin and end in 2021. It’s unclear if the second season of Space Force will air in 2021, but we think it’s doubtful at this stage.
Who is in the second season of Space Force’s cast?
Except for the return of the majority of the actors from Season 1, there’s no casting news. We’ll see more of Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, and Diana Silvers since the Naird clan will be back fussing and fighting with one another.
The same is true for the Space Force crew, which means that Ben Schwartz’s funny F. Tony Scarapiducci will return, as will John Malkovich’s irritated Dr Adrian Mallory. Tawny Newsome, who plays Angela Ali, Jimmy O. Yang, who plays Dr Chan Kaifang, and the rest of the cast are in the same boat.
Of course, a programme wouldn’t be complete without a worthy foe, and Noah Emmerich will reprise his role as Mark Naird’s arch-enemy General Kick Grabaston.
The only significant absence from the ensemble is Fred Willard, who played Mark’s father Fred in the first season. Willard died on the 15th of May, 2020, at the age of 86.
What will be the plot of Season 2 of Space Force?
Despite the fact that enough people saw Space Force warrant a second season, the show has received mixed reviews from critics. We know that producers are searching for change because the film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 38%. Parks and Recreation writer Norm Hiscock has been hired by Space Force for a creative overhaul, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That isn’t the only change worth noting. Consider that we’ve experienced an actual changing of the guard in the real world. Former President Donald Trump founded a genuine Space Force in 2019, which is why a fake Space Force exists. Of course, in 2021, Joe Biden is President of the United States, which will very certainly change the way Naird and his team interact with the rest of the federal government.
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To be fair, we don’t yet know how Naird will reclaim command of the Space Force. General Kick Grabaston was in charge of the space organisation when we last saw him, and his decision to strike a Chinese base on the moon turned out to be a big miscalculation. The Chinese, it turns out, did the same thing to the US base. With the astronauts in peril and war on the horizon, it’ll be fascinating to see how real-world politics and Naird’s fictitious existence collide.
The first season of Space Force is now available on Netflix.