Final Space

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Final Space
Final Space Logo.png
Genre
Created byOlan Rogers
Developed byOlan Rogers
David Sacks
Written by
  • Olan Rogers
  • David Sacks
  • Ben Mekler (also staff writer)
  • Jane Becker
  • Christopher Amick (also staff writer)
  • Nick Watson
  • Kelly D'Angelo
  • Adam Stein
  • Cameron Squires
Directed by
  • Mike Roberts (also supervising director)
  • Dan O'Connor
  • Ben Bjelajac (also retake director)
  • Chris Paluszek
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Shelby Merry
Composer(s)
  • Shelby Merry
  • Jake Sidwell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Olan Rogers
  • David Sacks
  • David Kissinger
  • Larry Sullivan
  • Jeff Ross
  • Kathleen Grace
  • Melissa Schneider
  • Matt Hoklotubbe
  • Corey Campodonico
  • Alex Bulkley
Producer(s)
  • Caitlin Alexander (line producer)
  • Tobias Conan Trost (line producer)
  • Rosa Tran (supervising producer)
  • Adam Stein (co-producer)
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkTBS (U.S)
Netflix (International)
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio format5.1
Original releaseApril 6, 2016 (2016-04-06) – present
External links
Website

Final Space is an American animated space opera comedy-drama television series for adults developed for cable network TBS. The show was created by independent internet filmmaker Olan Rogers with David Sacks serving as showrunner. The series involves an astronaut named Gary and his alien friend, Mooncake, and focuses on their intergalactic adventures as they try to solve the mystery of the titular "Final Space."

The series premiere of Final Space was shown off early via Reddit on February 15, 2018.[1] Later that day, the first two episodes became available on TBS's website and app. The series premiere later aired as a sneak peek on TBS's sister network TNT on February 17, 2018.[2] The series premiered on TBS on February 26, 2018[3] and was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2018 with this season having 13 episodes instead of 10.[4][5] It is scheduled to air sometime in 2019.[6]

The show is distributed internationally via Netflix, and in select territories as a Netflix Original.[7]

Plot[edit]

Gary Goodspeed is a boisterous yet inept astronaut who, in the midst of working off the last few days of his five-year sentence aboard the prison spacecraft Galaxy One, encounters a mysterious planet-destroying alien. Soon, he befriends the alien, whom he names Mooncake, and discovers that Mooncake is wanted by the forces of a powerful telekinetic creature known as the Lord Commander. Together, with the ship's computer H.U.E, an army of similar but unfalteringly loyal robots, and a growing crew of new shipmates, Gary and Mooncake embark on a quest to save the universe, all while trying to uncover the mystery of what "Final Space" really is.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The idea for the show originated in mid-2010. Olan Rogers uploaded the first episode of a planned ten-part animated web-series titled Gary Space to his personal YouTube channel.[14] The project went on hiatus three episodes in, and Rogers eventually explained on Facebook that both he and the series' artist, Dan Brown, were tending to separate projects at the time, but were in talks of continuing.[15] On April 30, 2013, Rogers confirmed that he was rebooting and producing a season of Gary Space episodes to release at once.[16] Over two years later, Rogers revealed that a new short for the reboot for Gary Space was planned to be pitched to Cartoon Network, in addition to premiering the episode at Buffer Festival if nothing came from the pitch.[17]

In early 2016, Rogers announced that his project had been retitled Final Space, and revealed screenshots of the short via a vlog on his YouTube channel.[18] The pilot for Final Space was posted on Rogers' YouTube channel.[19] The video caught the attention of Conan O'Brien, who invited him to Los Angeles to pitch Final Space to TBS as a full series and also joined production as an executive producer alongside Rogers and 3rd Rock from the Sun writer and producer David Sacks. Other members of O'Brien's company, Conaco (David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan and Jeff Ross), and members of New Form who executive produced the pilot short (Kathleen Grace, Melissa Schneider and Matt Hoklotubbe) joined as executive producers as well. To balance out Rogers' inexperience in the industry, Conaco brought in Sacks to also serve as the showrunner for the series.[20][21] After two weeks of working with Sacks and Jake Sidwell (co-composer of the series alongside Shelby Merry)[22] on the pitch, Rogers and Sacks pitched the show to TBS; as well as Comedy Central, Fox, FX, YouTube, and Fullscreen; all six companies wanted the series and resulted in a bidding war between the studios over the series, with TBS acquiring the series.[23][24]

Casting[edit]

Olan Rogers announced in December 2016 that he voices the main characters, Gary and Mooncake. In July 2017, an additional cast list of Fred Armisen, Conan O'Brien, Keith David, Coty Galloway, Tom Kenny, Caleb McLaughlin, John DiMaggio, Ron Perlman, Shannon Purser, Andy Richter, David Tennant, and Steven Yeun was revealed.

Animation[edit]

The animation is produced in Los Angeles at ShadowMachine and outsourced in Canada at Ottawa's Jam Filled studio using the Toon Boom Harmony software. The show uses NASA space imagery for the space backgrounds.[25]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotApril 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)
110February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)
2132019 (2019)TBA

Pilot (2016)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
"Final Space"Olan RogersOlan Rogers & Jake SidwellApril 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)1.4

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateOnline airdateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Chapter One"Mike RobertsOlan Rogers, David SacksFebruary 17, 2018 (2018-02-17) (TNT)
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) (TBS)
February 15, 20181.27 (TNT)[26]
0.48 (TBS)[27]
Gary, after five lonely years in a space prison, meets an alien he calls Mooncake, and vows to keep it safe. What Gary doesn't realize, however, is that Mooncake is also a planet destroyer.
2"Chapter Two"Mike Roberts & Dan O'ConnorOlan Rogers and David Sacks and Jane BeckerFebruary 17, 2018 (2018-02-17) (TNT)
March 5, 2018 (2018-03-05) (TBS)
February 15, 20181.27 (TNT)[26]
0.58 (TBS)[28]
Gary and Avocato must stop a bounty hunter named Terk from telling the Lord Commander that Mooncake is on the Galaxy One; meanwhile the former prisoner has a disastrous first encounter with the Lord Commander.
3"Chapter Three"Ben BjelajacOlan Rogers and David Sacks and Alyssa Lane & Alex ShermanMarch 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)February 26, 20180.43 (TBS)[29]
Gary and Avocato try to hide Mooncake safely away on the planet Yarno, but end up trapped in a terrifying mind-puzzle; Mooncake is forced to fight in a combat arena called the Deathcropolis; Quinn investigates the gravitational disturbance.
4"Chapter Four"Mike RobertsOlan Rogers and David SacksMarch 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)March 13, 20180.44 (TBS)[30]
After the Galaxy One is hacked, Gary has to harvest energy from a nearby star to reignite the engines and escape; the radiation poisoning from the star sends Gary into a trance of painful memories; Gary and Quinn are finally reunited.
5"Chapter Five"Chris PaluszekAdam Stein and Christopher Amick & Ben Mekler and Jane BeckerMarch 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)March 20, 20180.54 (TBS)[31]
Gary, Quinn, and Avocato trace the cause of the gravitational disturbance to an eerie bioluminescent planet, and must put a stop to whatever is causing it.
6"Chapter Six"Ben BjelajacAlyssa Lane and Alex Sherman & Cameron SquiresApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)March 26, 20180.51 (TBS)[32]
Gary and Avocato go on a mission to save Avocato's son, Little Cato, from the Lord Commander's prison planet.
7"Chapter Seven"Chris PaluszekChristopher Amick & Ben MeklerApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)April 9, 20180.39 (TBS)[33]
Gary grapples with his future when he learns that his prison sentence is up.
8"Chapter Eight"Mike RobertsOlan Rogers and David SacksApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)April 16, 20180.43 (TBS)[34]
Gary and his crew encounter a Titan named Bolo, who tells them how to close the breach in the fabric of space.
9"Chapter Nine"Ben BjelajacAdam SteinApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)April 23, 20180.39 (TBS)[35]
The crew of the Galaxy One returns to Earth to find an anti-gravitational bomb that they hope can save the universe.
10"Chapter Ten"Mike RobertsOlan Rogers and David SacksMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)April 30, 20180.40 (TBS)[36]
Gary, Quinn and the team engage in a final duel with the Lord Commander to decide the fate of Earth and the universe.

Season 2[edit]

The second season was announced on May 2018 and will consist of 13 episodes.

Promotion and release[edit]

When responding to a question on Twitter, Olan Rogers revealed that Final Space would be showcased by TBS at San Diego Comic-Con and VidCon in 2017.[37]

Final Space premiered on Reddit on February 15, 2018, followed by an AMA with Rogers. This would mark a first for a TV network to premiere a series on the site.[1] TBS's sister network TNT aired a sneak peek premiere of the show on February 17, 2018, after the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend. After airing on TBS, the pilot aired two hours later on TBS' sister channel Cartoon Network under its adult-oriented programming block Adult Swim. (The rest of the season also aired on Adult Swim in a similar pattern.) On February 20, 2018, the first two episodes were released on iTunes; "Chapter One" was released for free while "Chapter Two" reached #1 in the Animation category.[38] Over a month later, the entire season reached #3.[39] Netflix handles the international distribution to the show and released it on its platform on July 20.[40]

On February 24, 2018, a premiere event of the first two episodes was held in Nashville, Tennessee, selling out four of the five showings.[41]

Final Space is also available on TBS's app.

Reception[edit]

Final Space has received a generally positive response, with critics and audiences praising the show's cast (especially David Tennant's voice performance as Lord Commander, the show's main villain), animation, originality, drama, serialized continuity and humor.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season currently holds a critics' score of 70% and an audiences' score of 95%[42], a score of 60 of 100 based on 5 critics, and a 7.7 based on 112 ratings from Metacritic, and a 8,4 on IMDB, entering the best #242 TV shows ever.

Impressions about the first episodes were mixed, but predominantly positive, with criticism focused on Gary's humor. Collider's Dave Trumbore gave the series four out of five stars, praising the cast, the series' uniqueness and its originality.[43] The Hollywood Reporter said "the new animated series from TBS misses the mark, and will likely will float off into space".[44] The A.V. Club gave the series a C+ grade.[45] Reviewing the first two episodes, Den of Geek gave them a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars.[46] IndieWire gave a B+ grade.[47] The Daily Beast received the series favorably, comparing its potential with Adventure Time and BoJack Horseman.[48] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times praised the show for the space backgrounds and Gary's relationship with Mooncake, but criticized for being "not as clever as Futurama or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Galaxy Quest, series with which it shares certain features" and for the comedy which "leans toward things adolescent boys find funny."[49] Screen Rant was favorable for the series, praising TBS' decision to release the first two episodes 11 days before the series premiere, and describing it as a "very silly comedy," comparing Gary to Homer Simpson and Philip J. Fry.[50]

Future[edit]

When asked on Twitter about the series' longevity, Olan Rogers had stated that he had at least six seasons worth of material thought up for the show including an ending for Final Space in case the series gets cancelled in the future.[51]

On May 7, 2018, Final Space was renewed for a second season, which was later confirmed by Rogers to consist of 13 episodes.

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