Thanks for the mention, Tim! I always appreciate another perspective because it can provide valid points, something to think about. And the more I think about the show and its mistakes, the less I like it. So, here are some reasons why (don’t take it personally, Tim, it’s against the show, not you):
- Relatability is one thing, the lack of it doesn’t necessarily equal a bad sitcom, but certainly doesn’t help. Yes, there are millions of people who are familiar with this setup, which is just another reason to at least keep up the illusion of science. Space Force is really bad at that. But it’s a comedy, I don’t expect everything to be credible, but it certainly didn’t help that they haven’t done much research on some topics.
- It’s fair enough to say that most people disliked the show because they expected “The Office” in such an environment as Space Force presents. Let’s say that’s true. If I’m going to a restaurant and I expect to eat beef, but they serve me a delicious chicken instead, I won’t say I don’t like it, just because I wanted beef. However, if they gave me some tasteless rubbish to eat, I’m gonna say that it’s shit.
- If Greg Daniels didn’t want us to compare General Naird to Michael Scott, he should’ve come up with an original character. Naird is basically a softened Michael Scott. Less funny, less PC, less racist, less dumb, less everything. But in this environment, it just doesn’t work.
- Characters: so you already mentioned one of the most ridiculous misfires. We don’t know why Naird’s wife is in prison. Does it matter? No. Does she have a significant role in the series? No. Why is that? No one knows. They wasted a complete episode (and an unnecessary side story) on a “conjugal visit” that’s awkward and unfunny as hell. One of the worst episodes. Naird couldn’t handle the zip on her prison uniform, and that’s supposed to be funny for like 2 minutes? Really? In 2020 that’s a legitimate joke they used to make us laugh? The Despicable Me comparison is spot on because they didn’t make this show for adults. They made it for children with cartoon buffoons. By the way, he took his daughter to visit her Mom, but she was left outside, running with the prisoners, and in the end, he totally forgot about her. Are we supposed to laugh at that? Not to mention the fact that in the last episode, the same daughter who was scared shitless to see some people using drugs suddenly gets drunk at work because… why exactly? Where is this coming from? This is just another proof that the character development the writers did is just a total disaster.
- Black on the Moon is another terrible episode. So, again, in 2020, are we supposed to laugh because she used the wrong word? Hahaha. She said “black” instead of “back”. What a joke!
I could go on and on, but I don’t see the point. As I said before, it’s not the worst sitcom I’ve ever seen, far from it, but from such geniuses, as Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, it is a huge disappointment.