‘Final Space’ is an American animated space opera comedy and drama series that airs on TBS and Adult Swim. The series first premiered on February 26, 2018. It has been created by internet filmmaker Olan Rogers with David Sacks developing the show. The series is a gripping narration of the adventures by an astronaut Gary and his friend Mooncake, an alien as they try to decipher the secrets of the titular ‘Final Space’ and the various adventures that come in their way in the meanwhile. The show has quickly gained a lot of popularity, which prompted the streaming giants, Netflix, to pick it up and distribute it worldwide. In fact, in some places, it is displayed as a Netflix Original.
Needless to say that the series enjoys a substantial fan base and critics have given mixed reviews of the show, saying that it does have the same potential as shows like ‘BoJack Horseman‘ but misses the humor in some places. Nonetheless, it has some shared aspects with content like ‘Futurama’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. The critics are of the opinion that the comedy the series boasts of, leans more towards what adolescent boys might find funny, and yet, just from the initial season, they are of the opinion that the show could go on to do great things.
Final Space Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Final Space’ includes Olan Rogers who voices the role of Gary Goodspeed, the astronaut, Mooncake, his alien friend, and Tribore Menendez, among other voices. Fred Armisen of ‘Cop Out’ fame voices KVN, a ‘bubbly and much-loathed Deep Space Insanity Avoidance Robot Companion’, Tom Kenny who voices the titular character in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ lends his voice as H.U.E., the computer of the spaceship that is used in the adventures on the show. John DiMaggio of Netflix’s ‘Disenchantment’ voices the role of Turk and Superior Stone, among others.
Ron Perlman who played the role of Hellboy in Guillermo del Toro’s movies lends his voice as John Goodspeed. Caleb McLaughlin of ‘Stranger Things‘ fame is also present as he voices the part of Young Gary. Most notably, David Tennant, known for his role in ‘Doctor Who’ and playing Killgrave in ‘Jessica Jones‘ appears as the villain here too, as he voices the part of The Lord Commander or Jack. Notably, critics have praised Tennant’s performance on the show. There are several other notable actors and stars who lend their voices including Gina Torres of ‘Firefly’ and ‘Suits‘ fame, and Conan O’Brien who made his name with ‘Conan’.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see all these talented actors return once again, and perhaps some new characters might be thrown into the mix as well to ensure that we have the time of our lives on this space adventure.
Final Space Plot: What is it about?
‘Final Space’ is a comedy space series that narrates the adventures of an astronaut and his alien friend. Gary Goodspeed is a flamboyant astronaut is sentenced in the spacecraft prison, Galaxy One. Gary is serving his five-year sentence in the space prison and while spending the last few days of his sentence, he happens to bump into an alien. Gary starts to get along well with the alien and names him Mooncake. He learns that Mooncake is being chased by the army of a powerful Lord Commander, who rules the telekinetic creatures. It appears that Mooncake is the solution to curing the Lord Commander’s mortal illness. Gary also happens to meet a group of robots who are unflinchingly loyal, the ship’s computer named H.U.E, and an army of shipmates. Gary along with his mates including the alien, Moonwalk decides to start their quest of saving the universe from evil forces. They also try to unveil the secret of the Final Space, the place where the universe concludes which is considered as a mystery.
While the series does show a lot of potentials, its approach to humor is more along the lines of hitting it or quitting it. It comes across as more of a freewheeling kids’ show than a series that is expected to delve into mature themes like ‘Rick and Morty‘, another of the shows that aired on Adult Swim. The pacing of the dialogue is thus sped up, to blitz the audience with a flurry of quick comebacks that are funny only for a short while, and if you do not ponder on it too much.
Unfortunately for the series, in some parts, Gary is not quite charismatic enough to carry the entire series on his shoulders. However, this does not stop the comedy from trying and one of the best parts of a comedy is that if it keeps throwing funny stuff at us, something is bound to stick eventually. The show’s animation must be praised as well, along with the visuals, which is one of the most engrossing aspects. It has been rightly surmised, “for a spacefaring action-adventure series, the animators’ grasp of scale comes into play quite often, whether it’s one already-massive spaceship being dwarfed by another, much larger vessel, or when one of our heroes runs afoul of a not-so-nice butterfly and almost ends up becoming bug-chow.
The locales vary from exotic alien marketplaces to dangerous industrial facilities, to neon-colored jungles; my only complaint here is that Final Space moves so quickly through these settings that the show never really gets a chance to catch its breath in any of them, save the prison ship HQ. Perhaps the best display of the show’s willingness to get into the gritty realities of space dangers is the cold open of each episode which features Gary in peril as HUE talks him through his last minutes alive.”
In the upcoming season, the series will hopefully take off from where we last saw the show end. We saw Gary and his crew battle the Lord Commander for a portal, and ultimately we saw Gary floating off into the vast nothingness of space, while earth got pulled into a new dimension. It is extremely likely that the new season will see different aspects of Gary’s journey which takes place in a very different realm.
Final Space Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Final Space’ Season 1 premiered on February 26, 2018. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. The show was renewed for another season on May 7, 2018. Although there is no official release date yet, it is expected that ‘Final Space’ Season 2 will air sometime around the latter half of 2019. However, do stay tuned for an official update regarding the release date.
Final Space Trailer:
While we wait for release of ‘Final Space’ Season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Adult Swim to catch all the episodes of the previous season.
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