I’m usually not a fan of ‘dark comedy’, much less of graphic violence. But I must admit, TBS’ new animated series, Final Space, has impressed me with its quality. Its still repulsive, but it gives a ‘this is leading to something big’ feeling; you get the impression its creator had a vision he’s very confident in.
The basic concept involves Gary, a petty thief from sometime in Earth’s future who has been condemned to 5 years of solitary confinement- aboard the Galaxy 1, a spaceship manned only by robots. His crime? Having caused massive destruction accidentally while disguised as a pilot so he could hit on Quinn, a female captain of the Galactic Guard! (yeah he’s an idiot. And a jerk. And unlucky.)
Being alone (except for the robots, who are either uncaring, or @$$holes) has driven him at least half-mad. So when he finds a cute alien creature, he adopts it as a pet, calling it “Mooncake”. He’s unaware that it possesses tremendous destructive power, and an alien tyrant named Lord Commander is looking for it.
Eventually, Gary is joined by Avocato, a green cat-like alien bounty hunter, who is looking for his son (who was kidnapped by the Commander) and by Quinn, since she has discovered something is destroying the universe but no one believes her. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure is watching these events unfold…
Of all these concepts, its curiously, Gary himself that I find most intriguing. You rarely see a space prisoner as a protagonist. Also, is he crazy or not? What will be his role in saving the universe IF it can be saved (you never know with this kind of show). One more thing of note: Every episode starts with Gary adrift in space, with his suit’s AI telling him how much time he has left to live. We don’t know when this happens but it appears to be a flash-forward to the last episode. So we know where he ends up but not how or if survives or what if anything he does afterward. Its a great hook.
That said, sometimes its hard to watch this show. The biting cynicism gets tiresome after a while and if you don’t like to watch characters dying in gory ways, skip it entirely.
Still, my interest is piqued enough that I will continue to watch probably until the end (unless they do something to really tick me off before that.) Recommended for fans of Science Fiction who like comedy, distopic futures and who don’t mind gore.