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What Space Force Fans Really Thought About Season 1's Ending

"Space Force" is what happens when you put Steve Carell in charge of a brand new branch of the United States Military. Inspired by the real life creation of an armed space force, the show blends workplace comedy made popular by Carell's "The Office," politics, and science fiction. Created specifically for Netflix, the first season of the series premiered on May 29, 2020, while the second season is set to release on February 18, 2022 (via IMDb). Starring Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, and Lisa Kudrow among many others, "Space Force" features a star-studded cast and absolutely bonkers plot lines.

The first season saw the fledgling military branch stumble its way through its day-to-day operations, while also being plagued by politics, technical difficulties, sabotage, and espionage. "Space Force" had to deal with a hungry, space bound monkey, China crippling a freshly launched satellite, and India launching a rocket that seems awfully familiar to the technology employed by the neophytes at "Space Force."

Now that Season 2 is upon us, what did fans think of the very first season's ending?

Fans are willing to defend the breakneck pacing of the final episode

Redditor u/kamiar77 stated their own fan theory as to why the ending to "Space Force" Season 1 felt rushed: "I've seen a lot of criticism that the way the last few episodes went by was rushed. That it skipped a lot of detail that, if this were an actual real life mission, would need to have been exhaustively worked out and attended to. ... Some of these are fair critiques but I believe the writers decided to stand by a 'satirical space force' philosophy vs a 'realistic Air Force' philosophy. And that 'fast ending' was a purposeful decision and not entirely a misstep the show made."

They continued and referenced the moment in "Space Force" where Steve Carell's character is given 125 seconds to comply, but he asks for it simply to be shortened to three, which they believed was a slight nod to those with an attention to detail. Sure, they could have gone with an official countdown, but instead they went for the dramatic.

Some agreed with the original poster's thoughts, while user u/captain_obvious_here thought the last few episodes, and the ending specifically, flowed like the show always should have. Redditor u/imlazyyy noted that most Netflix shows suffer from having abridged seasons which don't allow for much growth over a singular run, and added that they can't wait for Season 2.

Basically, it seems that fans just want more time with "Space Force," and aren't hung up with having the show being true-to-life.