Final Space is a new epic animated comedy series coming to TBS. It’s all about a spaceman, the adorable planet-killing creature he’s trying to save, and the robot he loathes.
Gary (voice of creator Olan Rogers) is working off a prison sentence for a crime that he may have committed while impressing a girl when he meets the green world-killer he lovingly names Mooncake (also voiced by Rogers). He vows to protect it, not knowing that the evil Lord Commander (David Tennant) wants the superweapon for his own nefarious purposes.
Along the way, Gary meets Avocato (Coty Galloway), who is on a mission to find his son Little Cato (Steven Yeun) and Quinn (Tika Sumpter) who is trying to save the universe from a mysterious disturbance (and who may be the love of Gary’s life). Add in the sensible AI H.U.E. (Tom Kenny) and Gary’s least favorite robot, a Deep Space Insanity Avoidance Companion named KVN (Fred Armisen), and you’ve got one crazy space adventure.
It all began as an indie internet series before gaining the attention of executive producer Conan O’Brien. And if that’s not enough, here are five reasons you should have Final Space on your radar.
It’s Got Epic Action
There is never a dull moment in Final Space. Gary may be a prisoner aboard a spaceship, but he still manages to get himself in plenty of trouble. In the first few episodes alone the crew of the Galaxy One find themselves facing bounty hunters, an asteroid field, the Lord Commander himself, and a whole lot of stairs. This action is what helps make the show feel so epic in scope and raises the stakes. There are plenty of shootouts, daring escapes, and space battles to keep everyone entertained.
The Characters Are Relatable
Gary is the very definition of an everyman. He tries hard, but he just can’t seem to do anything right — or get the girl. In fact, the very reason he’s being held on a prison ship is that the stunt he pulled to impress Quinn in the first place went horribly wrong. However, Gary doesn’t let his misfortunes get him down. He still has an incredible amount of bravado and just enough bravery to save the day.
Quinn, on the other hand, is actually a brilliant badass whose skills and intelligence are unrecognized by those around her. She is usually the one who actually saves the day with her knowledge of science and engineering. She also only trusts three people in the universe and one of them is her dog.
There’s Awesome Animation
Final Space is worth watching for the animation alone. The visuals are full of neon bright colors and trippy planets. Space travel, or Lightfolding as it’s called in the show, is especially cool, done with swirls of color against a cosmic background. Plus just look at Mooncake. The character design of the planet killer makes you immediately want to own one in plush form because of its cuteness while also reminding you of its immense power. You may also want to own a toy version of Avocato, but just remember he is a Ventrexian, not a cat and he will also probably kill you.
The Mystery of It All
The show is called Final Space, but what is final space exactly? Final Space is the place where the entire universe ends, the place Gary and his friends are trying to find before the Lord Commander. But what happens at the end of the universe? Does an end even exist? And how is it all connected to the discoveries Quinn has made? Those questions all need answering as well as Mooncake’s (and Gary’s) place in all this. The mystery is what drives the show and will keep fans guessing.
You Will Totally LOL
Final Space is laugh-out-loud funny. The writing and the situations Gary and his friends find themselves in are outright absurd at times. Gary has a unique and awkward way of speaking — that comes from being alone for five years with nothing but robots for company — that’s especially hilarious. There are also running gags, like Gary’s unsuccessful quest to eat a cookie and the others on the ship reminding him constantly that he’s not the captain, no matter what he might think. There are also some amazing visual gags — a death that goes on for just a little too long, for instance — that are among the best parts of the show.
Final Space premieres Monday, February 26th at 10:30/9:30C on TBS.