The Launch

Space ForceMark Naird is promoted to four-star General, the proud capstone of his career, but instead of being placed at the top of the Air Force food chain as he expected, he is placed in charge of a newly created branch of the Armed Forces, the Space Force. Though his family loves life in Washington, D.C., this promotion necessitates a move to Colorado, so Naird can work at the new Space Force facility being built near NORAD. What General Naird isn’t prepared for, however, is a civilian scientist who tries to overrule him on launch decisions, a civilian social media adviser who obsesses over constructing the perfect “sassy” tweets to be sent from Naird’s Twitter account, or the fact that Naird’s wife ends up in prison. He also isn’t terribly well equipped to deal with three members of Congress who have arrived to witness the launch of the Space Force’s first major project, Epsilon 6 – though when it does finally launch, it seems that someone already in orbit is very well equipped to deal with Epsilon 6.

Space Forcewritten by Steve Carell & Greg Daniels
directed by Paul King
music by Carter Burwell

Cast: Steve Carell (Gen. Mark Naird), John Malkovitch (Dr. Adrian Mallory), Ben Schwartz (F. Tony Scarapiducci), Diana Silvers (Erin Naird), Tawny Newsome (Angela Ali), Diedrich Bader (General Rongley), Dan Bakkedahl (John Blandsmith), Larry Joe Campbell (Commandant of the Coast Guard), Noah Emmerich (Kick Grabaston), Lisa Kudrow (Maggie Naird), Don Lake (Brad Gregory), Jane Lynch (Chief of Naval Operations), Jessica St. Clair (Kelly King), Patrick Warburton (Commandant of the Marine Corps), Fred Willard (Fred Naird), Jimmy O. Yang (Dr. Chan Kaifang), Alan Blumenfeld (Schugler), Chris Gethard (Eddie), Ginger Gonzaga (Anabela Ysidro-Campos), Alex Sparrow (Yuri “Bobby” Telatovich), Concetta Tomei (Rep. Pitosi), Roy Wood Jr. Space Force(Liaison Bert Mellows), Owen Daniels (Obie Hanrahan), Hector Duran (Julio Diaz-Jose), Scott Michael Morgan (Convenience Store Clerk), Marc-Sully Saint-Fleur (Jean Baptiste Bosou), Tien Tran (Sheila Cholosternin), Jamison Webb (Major Lee Baxter)

Notes: This episode carries a dedication to actor Fred Willard, who died two weeks before the series premiered on Netflix.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Save Epsilon 6!

Space ForceThe $6,000,000,000 Epsilon 6 satellite, which includes a net to snare enemy spy satellites in nearby space, has been disassembled by a Chinese space station in orbit, and General Mark Naird is furious. Dr. Mallory convenes a team of mission scientists and engineers to brainstorm solutions, but Naird quickly pins all of his hopes on a nearby satellite with a crew of its own – a chimpanzee and a dog – who he hopes can be coaxed into performing a spacewalk and performing the necessary repairs. Marcus the chimp is convinced by his trainer to don his helmet, gather the necessary tool, and exit the airlock to re-attach Epsilon 6’s solar panels. The repair mission doesn’t go as planned…and the backup plan to send the dog out to complete the work leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth – everyone except the chimp, that is.

written by Greg Daniels
directed by Tom Marshall
music by Carter Burwell

Space ForceCast: Steve Carell (Gen. Mark Naird), John Malkovitch (Dr. Adrian Mallory), Ben Schwartz (F. Tony Scarapiducci), Diana Silvers (Erin Naird), Tawny Newsome (Angela Ali), Diedrich Bader (General Rongley), Dan Bakkedahl (John Blandsmith), Don Lake (Brad Gregory), Fred Willard (Fred Naird), Jimmy O. Yang (Dr. Chan Kaifang), Paul Jurewicz (Dewey Pantowski), Punam Patel (Scientist), Alex Sparrow (Yuri “Bobby” Telatovich), Exir Booker (Dr. Carter), Samuel K. Hardie (voice of Marcus), Nancy Lantis (Dr. Wolf), Rahul Nath (Dr. Chandreshekar), Thomas Ohrstrom (Dr. Vandeveld), Jamison Webb (Major Lee Baxter), Craig Young (Marcus MoCap performer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green