This review is spoiler free
Not all reviews for Final Space had praise for the animated series. It takes a special kind of viewer, a connoisseur if you will, to find appreciation for the show. It’s not a Futurama and it’s not a Rick and Morty, but it does have elements that lovers of the aforementioned series can appreciate. That said, the show is not without its flaws but is a good filler while you wait for that next season of Rick and Morty.
Final Space is a TBS series and can be described as a space opera comedy-drama. The show was created by Olan Rogers and first aired in February 2018. It boasts a great cast as wells as Executive Producer Conan O’Brien. There are many things that suggest that Final Space has the potential to be one of the greats despite some of the negative criticism for the show.
Gary Goodspeed (Olan Rogers, who is also one of the creators of Final Space) is a prisoner aboard a spaceship called the Galaxy One. The reason that Gary is sentenced to imprisonment is because he tried to impress a lady by pretending to be a pilot. He is the only human on the spaceship and is surrounded by robots. One of the robots that Gary is forced to interact with is KVN. KVN is a Deep Space Insanity Companion, which is ironic as he highly annoys Gary. Gary also interacts with H.U.E (Tom Kenny), the ship’s AI, who can be quite endearing as a companionship grows between Gary and the AI.
Gary’s mundane existence is turned upside down when he meets an adorable green alien he names Mooncake (known to others as E35-1 as well as the “planet destroyer”). After Gary meets Mooncake a series of adventures (or misadventures) occurs as Gary tries to save Mooncake from an evil Lord Commander (David Tennant). The Lord Commander wants to use Mooncake for evil purposes as it turns out that Mooncake is as powerful as he is cute.
Along the way, Gary’s group grows to include Avocato (Coty Galloway), Little Cato (Steven Yeun) and Quinn (Tika Sumpter). The group, including H.U.E and KVN, stay together and go through a series of adventures in order to do the right thing, keep their morality intact and prevent the Lord Commander from getting Mooncake.
While some of the show’s dialogue can be a be drab, there are definitely some golden moments of comedy in the script. Final Space aptly fits into the new age of adult animated series, in that it’s fast-paced and sometimes feels a bit too much to take in at once. The characters can also feel like they’re only developed on a surface level. Perhaps, this is something that will develop as the series develops. Despite the lowbrow humour, the show also has both a darkness and an undeniable warmness.
While there are some obvious flaws it won’t be a complete waste of time if you choose to watch Final Space. It’s good.