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Final Space: The Corny Cartoon on TBS That's Proving to Be So Much More...
A brief overview on the TBS series, Final Space discussing the flaws and strengths of the series' run in its first season.
TBS's Final Space is now in its fourth episode, and in spite of its campy, cheesy, and often forced humor, the show seems to shaping up to be a story of actual value and substance. Created by Olan Rogers and produced by a team that includes David Sacks and Conan O' Brien, Final Space follows the adventures of intergalactic prisoner Gary Godspeed as he tries to protect a cute but also planet destroying alien creature known as E-351 from the clutches of a space tyrant aptly named Lord Commander. Along the way he befriends an alien cat named Avocato and saves his woman crush, Quinn, from being left to drift in space. Together, they try to solve the mysteries that surround E-351 (who Gary has affectionately named Mooncake), Lord Commander, and his fervor to unlock what he calls "Final Space."
Final Space is full of mature banter between characters, and though it IS a series that seems geared to the 18+ demographic, the banter at times seems hollow and unenthusiastic. Gary Godspeed's reckless, and oftentimes, child-like approach to the circumstances is meant to relay that lost enthusiasm, only to end up becoming annoying and repetitive. Carrying the proverbial weight of the humor of the show, Gary's antics mainly involve him trying to prove to everyone else that he's a valuable member of their little quartet. The ONLY funny thing about that, and the show itself, is that...well...he keeps proving that he's NOT.
But where Final Space is sorely lacking in humor, it makes up for it in storyline; fleshing out the rest of its main characters and the universe around them. At the beginning of every episode, viewers are given a different scene of the same picture: Gary floating around amidst space debris with just a little bit of oxygen left, causing one to ask, "how did he get into this situation and how is he going to get out? You soon become invested in Avocato as he tries to capture Mooncake in the beginning, only to find out that he's being forced to do so by the Lord Commander in return for the life of his son, Cato. You begin to wonder why there is a future (and much more badass) version of Quinn sneakily following the crew around and why that Quinn is bent on reminding Mooncake that he will inadvertently cause Gary's death in the future. You want to know what makes the Lord Commander what he is and why he believes so much in Final Space. So much that he's willing to literally kill for it.
Minus the humor, Final Space actually plays out like a great space adventure. Off the story line alone, it certainly has the potential for longevity, but whether or not it gets renewed after this first season is anyone's guess. What do you guys think of Final Space so far?