Netflix aired the show Space Force in May of 2020 that gained immediate popularity because of the mixed reviews the show received. The show revolves around General Naird, who has been appointed head of a new division of defense forces in the USA. While some people categorized the show as unfunny and below expectations, others enjoyed how the man attempts to navigate through his personal and professional lives. General Naird is presented as a self-reliant and disciplined man who is hard set on his beliefs and struggles to establish the Space Force as a serious defense department. But he ends up making significant mistakes in the process. Here are some blunders on the part of General Naird.
Suspected Dr. Mallory and His Intentions
In the first couple of episodes, General Naird has reasons to believe that they are being spied on by other countries. The thought of someone leaking information from inside the base left him livid, and he flung around accusations callously. His primary suspect was Dr. Chan only because he was of Chinese nationality. When Dr. Mallory tried to reason with him, Naird’s suspicion turned to him, and the cryptic emails sent by Mallard facilitated it. His distrust and urge to protect the secrecy of his team’s work was justified but playing a private video from Mallard’s computer for everyone to watch was very immature of him.
Got Upset When His Wife Proposed a Different Type of Relationship
The show never explained why, but since the inception, we see General Naird’s wife Maggie locked up in a cell, and the two always speak about how she will be in there for a long time. Whatever the grounds and reasons maybe for her conviction, but it is a reality that Maggie accepts but not General Naird. She suggests an open relationship so that she can be with a correctional officer she likes and hopes Naird begins dating too because the couple was only allowed to be with each other twice a year. But instead of being mature and logical about it, Mark Naird approaches the idea in an old-fashioned and inconsiderate manner. He does come around later, but it was not correct to initially discard her idea without thinking about it.
Neglected His Daughter Erin
With her mother in prison and father heading a new armed forces division of the nation, Erin Naird finds herself lonely at several points in the show. Her father does not make any time for her, even though she continually conveys how she wants him to be around. Erin keeps struggling to fit in a new school without any parental support. Her father was an important figure at his work but ignoring his daughter is not something a good father does.
Nearly Ruined Mallory’s Experiment
Naird constantly masks his ego and selfish behavior with a façade of reliability. We see that especially when Dr. Mallory’s experiment was on the verge of closing down since one of the volunteers decided to back out. The test was a behavioral and psychological reaction analysis of people stuck in small spaces since that was going to be a reality for the Space Force. Naird enters the experiment to prove that he is a big man and does not need any help from others. But it soon became apparent that he was not mentally capable of it and nearly messed up the entire study.
Did Not Deal With Erin Dating Bobby/Yuri
General Naird was not impressed when he discovered that his teenage daughter was dating Yuri, a guy much older than her and possibly a Russian agent. He expressed his disapproval to Erin, but after that, he never did anything to put an end to it. The least he could have done was sit his daughter down and speak to her.
Did Not Acknowledge the Significance of Science
General Naird was in charge of a new division of US forces called the Space Force. As ironic as it may be, Naird still did not seem to grasp just how much science and technology were relevant to his operations. The man kept his focus on guns, bombs, and suggested several times that these tools will solve all issues. It may be so because war and combat were all he knew. He did not grasp at the idea of how unique his role and his assigned division were and how transportation and existence of soldiers of the Space Force to their intended battle arena was work of heavy science. Naird’s lack of maturity and flexibility always annoyed his teammates, especially Dr. Mallory
Launched Before Declared Safe
Despite his entire team of scientists strongly opposing the idea, Naird conducted the launch on its scheduled date. They were lucky that nothing went wrong. But the fact that Naird was a control-freak and was willing to disregard his team’s suggestions was alarming and frankly, tyrannical.
Chimp and Dog in Space
The Space Force had sent two animals to space as an experiment and marketing gimmick. When the newly launched satellite faced issues, Naird asked the chimp and the dog to help them fix it. The chimp even did a spacewalk to make attempts at fixing the broken satellite. It was heart-breaking when the show revealed that the animals were sent just for the cute images and videos and the team never had plans to rescue them and had abandoned them to starve.
The show stars Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, Diana Silvers, John Malkovich, and Ben Schwartz. It was made available on Netflix on the 29th of May 2020 and consisted of ten episodes. Several viewers were disappointed in the show because they believed that with such a strong cast, the show could have done wonders but the makers failed to deliver.
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