Netflix must be feeling pretty good about Space Force, its forthcoming sci-fi comedy series starring Steve Carell (The Office), because it just released an entertaining second trailer, with over three minutes of mostly new footage.
The show marks Carells first major return to TV comedy since The Office wrapped seven years ago. Created by Carell and Greg Daniels (who also created Parks and Recreation and the new comedy series Upload), Space Force was inspired in part by the Trump administration's announcement that it would establish a national Space Force.
Netflix was purportedly so keen on the series—ratings for The Office on its streaming service remain consistently high—that it snapped it up immediately. The cast also includes John Malkovich (The New Pope), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Recreation), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Lisa Kudrow (Friends), and Jane Lynch (Glee, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), among others.
Per the official premise:
A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and "Spacemen" are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.
In the first trailer, we saw Mark, freshly promoted, getting stuck with the assignment to establish a new military branch known as Space Force. Granted, it wasn't the promotion he was hoping for, but like a good soldier, he throws himself into the task. In the process, he must navigate the political waters. His archrival, General Kick Grabaston (Noah Emmerich) is rooting for him to fail. And his chief scientist, Dr. Adrian Mallory (Malkovich), has a pacifist bent not entirely suited to a military branch. In a line destined to become an instant classic, Mark tells Mallory: "As a scientist, you have a loyalty to reason, which makes you a little untrustworthy."