Final Space

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Final Space
Final Space Logo.png
Genre
Created byOlan Rogers
Developed byOlan Rogers
David Sacks
Voices of
Theme music composerShelby Merry
Composers
  • Shelby Merry (S1-2)
  • Jake Sidwell (S1; S3-)
  • Andrew Goodwin (S2-)
  • Dorothy "Dodie" Clark (S3-)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Olan Rogers
  • David Sacks
  • Conan O’Brien
  • David Kissinger
  • Larry Sullivan
  • Jeff Ross
  • Kathleen Grace
  • Melissa Schneider
  • Matt Hoklotubbe
  • Dan O'Keefe (S2-)
  • Corey Campodonico
  • Alex Bulkley
  • Co-Executive Producers:
  • Rosa Tran (S2-)
  • Brent Torrester (S2)
  • Ben Bjelajac (S3-)
Producers
  • Tobias Conan Trost (S3-)
  • Line Producers:
  • Caitlin Alexander (S1)
  • Tobias Conan Trost (S1-2)
  • Supervising Producers:
  • Rosa Tran (S1-2)
  • Matt Price (S3-)
  • Co-Producer:
  • Adam Stein
Running time21 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkTBS (2018–present)
Adult Swim (2019–present)[a]
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Final Space is an American adult animated space opera comedy-drama television series created by Olan Rogers and developed by Rogers and David Sacks for TBS and Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. The series involves an astronaut named Gary Goodspeed and his immensely powerful alien friend Mooncake, and focuses on their intergalactic adventures as they try to save the universe from certain doom.

The series started airing on TBS on February 26, 2018[1] and was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2018. In June of 2019, Final Space moved to Adult Swim[2] while Season 2 premiered on June 24, 2019 on Adult Swim, with TBS airing an encore the following week.[3] The show was renewed for a third season a week after the second finished airing.[4] Season 3 premiered on March 20, 2021.[5]

Plot[edit]

Gary Goodspeed is an energetic yet dim-witted 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. He befriends the alien, naming him Mooncake, and then discovers that they are being pursued by the sinister, telekinetic Lord Commander. Together, Gary and Mooncake embark on a quest to save the universe, with help from the artificial intelligence HUE and a growing crew of shipmates, each with their own personal troubles — all while trying to uncover the secrets surrounding Final Space, a bizarre realm where the universe ends.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
PilotApril 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)YouTube
110February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)TBS
213June 24, 2019 (2019-06-24)September 23, 2019 (2019-09-23)Adult Swim
313March 20, 2021 (2021-03-20)June 14, 2021 (2021-06-14)[6]

Cast[edit]

Character Voiced by Seasons
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main characters
Gary Goodspeed Olan Rogers Main
Mooncake Main
Jack the Lord Commander David Tennant Main Guest Main
Avocato Coty Galloway Main Guest Main
Little Cato Steven Yeun Main
HUE Tom Kenny Main
Quinn Ergon Prime Tika Sumpter Main Guest Main
Nightfall Main Guest
KVN Fred Armisen Main
Ash Graven Ashly Burch Does not appear Main
Sheryl Goodspeed Claudia Black Does not appear Main
Fox Ron Funches Does not appear Main
Clarence Polkawitz Conan O'Brien Guest Main Guest
AVA Jane Lynch Does not appear Main Guest
Bolo Keith David Guest Main
Invictus Vanessa Marshall Guest Recurring Main
Biskit Olan Rogers Does not appear Main
Evra Jasmin Savoy Brown Does not appear Guest
Recurring characters
Tribore Menendez Olan Rogers Recurring
David Dewinter Recurring
John Goodspeed Ron Perlman Recurring Guest Does not appear
Shannon Thunder Shannon Purser Recurring Does not appear
SAMES Tom Kenny Recurring Does not appear
Hushfluffles Todd H. Watson Alan Tudyk Does not appear Recurring
Oreskis Christopher Judge Does not appear Recurring
Arachnitects Phil LaMarr Does not appear Recurring
Quatronostro Oscar Montoya Does not appear Recurring
Kevin Van Newton Tom Kenny Does not appear Recurring
Avery Ergon Krystal Joy Brown Does not appear Guest
  • Olan Rogers as Gary Goodspeed, Mooncake, Tribore Menendez, Biskit, David Dewinter, Jeff, Fraskenhaur, Digital Gary, Additional voices[7]
  • Fred Armisen as KVN, Eduardo, Overlord, Groom, Evil KVNs, Mega KVN, Queen of Galang-22, Key Guardian, Kevin Van Newton, Additional voices[8]
  • Tom Kenny as HUE, SAMES (Carl, Hank, Orson, Noodles, Rob, Boobs), Dewinter Son, Helper Stevil, Septim, Molelito, Thud, Time Swap Sammy, Phil, Ziznack, Kevin Van Newton, Additional voices[9]
  • David Tennant as The Lord Commander/Jack[10]
  • Tika Sumpter as Quinn Ergon, Nightfall, Fake Nightfall, Cookie Wife, Harp Graven, Melanie Dewinter, Additional voices
  • Steven Yeun[8] as Little Cato, Meat Street Vendor, Infinity Guard Captain, Helper Assistant, Death Cookies, Mr. Graven, The Blade, Officer, Grateful Alien, Additional voices
  • Coty Galloway as Avocato, Viro, Lord Commander's Officer, Additional voices[11]
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Young Gary[8]
  • Ron Perlman[12] as John Goodspeed, Burner Tribe Leader
  • John DiMaggio[8] as Terk, Dr. Bluestein, Superior Stone, Lord Commander's Soldier, Mooncake's Voice Box, Arachnitects, Sal the Bartender, Super Molelito, Additional voices
  • Gina Torres as Helper Hula (season 1), Infinity Guard AI, Infinity Guard Announcer, Additional voices
  • Shannon Purser[8] as Shannon Thunder
  • Keith David[8] as Bolo
  • Andy Richter[8] as Gatekeeper
  • Conan O'Brien as Clarence Polkawitz, Chuck[8]
  • Ashly Burch as Ash Graven
  • Ron Funches as Fox
  • Jane Lynch as AVA, Dartricio, Mrs. Graven, Bride
  • Alan Tudyk as Hushfluffles/Todd H. Watson, Frostbears, Additional voices
  • Claudia Black as Sheryl Goodspeed
  • Christopher Judge as Oreskis
  • Vanessa Marshall as Invictus, Helper Hula (season 2)
  • Tobias Conan Trost as Nightfall's Ship AI, Werthrent, Richard, Catoloupe, Henry, Additional voices
  • Oscar Montoya as Quatronostro
  • Phil LaMarr as Arachnitects, Additional voices
  • Brett Driver as King of Ventrexia
  • Mike Falzone as Shopkeeper
  • Krystal Joy Brown as Avery Ergon
  • Debra Wilson as Commander Ergon
  • Jasmin Savoy Brown as Evra

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.[13] 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.[14] On April 30, 2013, Rogers confirmed that he was rebooting and producing a season of Gary Space episodes to release at once.[15] 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.[16]

In early 2016, Rogers announced that his project had been retitled Final Space – he cited it due to avoid similarities with Steven Universe[17] – 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] with voices by himself and a friend of his, Coty Galloway; Galloway had collaborated with Rogers in a Star Wars fan film called The Scarlet Lance.[20] 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.[21][22] After two weeks of working with Sacks and Jake Sidwell (co-composer of the series alongside Shelby Merry)[23] 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. On December 2, 2016, it was announced that the channel had given a series order.[24][25]

Casting[edit]

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 (reprising from the pilot), Tom Kenny, Caleb McLaughlin, John DiMaggio, Ron Perlman, Shannon Purser, Andy Richter, David Tennant, and Steven Yeun was revealed.

Animation[edit]

Animation for the series is handled by ShadowMachine in Los Angeles and outsourced to Canadian studio Jam Filled using the Toon Boom Harmony software. The show uses NASA space imagery for the space backgrounds.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28] Unlike other creators, Rogers runs the social media accounts for the show, including the official Twitter account, calling it a "good opportunity" to connect with fans.[29]

Final Space premiered on Reddit on February 15, 2018, followed by an AMA with Rogers.[30] This would mark a first for a TV network to premiere a series on the site.[30] Later that day, the first two episodes became available on TBS's website and app. TBS's sister network TNT aired a sneak peek premiere of the show on February 17, 2018, right after the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.[31] After airing on TBS, the pilot aired two hours later on TBS' sister channel Adult Swim; the rest of the season also aired on the network in a similar fashion. On February 20, 2018, the first two episodes were released on iTunes.[32] Netflix handles the international distribution to the show and released it on its platform on July 20.[33]

On May 7, 2018, Final Space was renewed for a second season, which was later confirmed by Rogers to consist of 13 episodes and for a third season on September 30, 2019.

On April 7, 2019, Rogers revealed that the show would move first-run airings to Adult Swim while being simulcast on TBS, a reversal of the airing pattern from the first season.[34]

Despite this, the three-disc Blu-ray containing the first 2 seasons, consisted of the first 23 episodes, was first released on August 11, 2020 by Warner Bros' Warner Archive Collection and a soundtrack album was also released digitally by WaterTower Music on the same year.

The first 2 seasons became available to stream on HBO Max on March 1, 2021, ahead of Season 3's premiere.[35]

Reception[edit]

The first season of Final Space received mixed reviews,[36] with critics praising the show's cast (especially David Tennant's voice performance as the Lord Commander).[37][38] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 70% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "Final Space doesn't always hit its mark, but for those looking for a bite-sized intergalactic comedy it may prove an amusing diversion."[39] On Metacritic season 1 has a score of 60 of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[36]

Impressions about the first episodes were also mixed, 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.[40] The Hollywood Reporter said "the new animated series from TBS misses the mark, and will likely will float off into space".[41] The A.V. Club gave the series a C+ grade.[42] Reviewing the first two episodes, Den of Geek gave them a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars.[38] IndieWire gave a B+ grade.[37] The Daily Beast received the series favorably, comparing its potential with Adventure Time and BoJack Horseman.[43] 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."[44] 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 protagonist Gary to Homer Simpson and Philip J. Fry.[45]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The second season was first broadcast on Adult Swim and then TBS a week later.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 11, 2018). "TBS Renews 'American Dad' For Two More Seasons, Sets Monday Night Animation Block". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. ^ James, Tito W. (June 1, 2019). "Final Space Returns This June With A New Home At Adult Swim". COMICON. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (May 7, 2018). "'Final Space' Animated Comedy Renewed For Season 2 By TBS". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Rogers, Olan. "Season 3 Tease". Twitter. Olan Rogers. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Greene, Steve (March 19, 2021). "'Final Space' Review: It's Time to Catch Up on One of TV's Animated Sci-Fi Treasures". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 19, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
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  7. ^ Rogers, Olan (December 20, 2016). "[Olan Roger voicing Gary Space & Mooncake]". Twitter. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Rogers, Olan (July 21, 2017). "Fred Armisen announced as KVN in new TV series Final Space". Twitter.
  9. ^ Rogers, Olan (July 22, 2017). "Tom Kenny announced as HUE in new TV series Final Space". Twitter.
  10. ^ Fullerton, Huw (July 21, 2017). "Doctor Who's David Tennant has been cast in an animated space sitcom". Radio Times.
  11. ^ Fanal Space • Coty Galloway • New York Comic Con 2017 • interview.
  12. ^ Rogers, Olan (July 22, 2017). "Ron Perlman Voicing Garry's Dad". Twitter.
  13. ^ Rogers, Olan (May 4, 2010). "[First Gary Space episode]". Facebook. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  14. ^ Rogers, Olan (October 13, 2012). "[Olan in talks with artist Dan Brown]". Facebook. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  15. ^ Rogers, Olan (April 30, 2013). "Update on rebooting Gary Godspeed". Facebook. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  16. ^ Rogers, Olan (May 19, 2015). "[New Gary Space planned to be pitched a Cartoon Network]". Facebook. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  17. ^ from Roger's thread in a Q&A on Twitter – [1]
  18. ^ Olan Rogers (February 29, 2016). SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW IN THIS MOMENT IN TIME & THIS IS A LONG TITLE. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  19. ^ Olan Rogers (April 5, 2016). FINAL SPACE [ Cartoon Pilot ]. YouTube. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  20. ^ Star Wars: The Scarlet Lance – via Youtube.
  21. ^ Peters, Megan (December 2, 2016). "TBS Orders Animated Series From Youtube Star Olan Rogers, Conan O'Brien". Comicbook. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
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  44. ^ "'Final Space' mixes insults, melancholy and a weapons-grade-cute alien named Mooncake". The Los Angeles Times. February 25, 2018.
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