Last Week This Week… Space News and Entertainment

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As a Space Porn editor put it today, “Sh*t be crazy everywhere, man. Happy Wednesday!” So here’s a breakdown of good Space News and Entertainment from last week…

“Strange days have found us.” (Morrison) To ignore the fact that the past few days have been shocking and tragic would be wrong, so I’d like to take a moment, without being political, and just acknowledge that reality is pretty hard to swallow right now. And I doubt, whichever way you see the world, you’d disagree with me on that one. In that spirit, we wanted to give you a way to take a break and focus on some good things, even if just for a moment. As such, here’s a breakdown of some of the cool space news and entertainment from last week:

First: We Got a Rick and Morty Season Finale…

Rick and Morty Season Four

Okay, so when we last discussed Rick and Morty, the first half of Season Four was over. Further, the mid-season finale was a lot better than the two previous episodes. Not surprisingly, the second half of Season Four is just about the same quality as the first.

Episode Six:

The premier episode, “Never Ricking Morty,” was garbage. Like so many Rick and Morty episodes, it goes into “meta” mode on a specific genre. In this case, they’re going “meta” on their own format and it’s just as annoying as “One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty,” in which they feed you the very terrible thing they’re making fun of the entire episode. It starts off teasing you that it might be an anthology or short clip episode like “Morty’s Mindblowers” or “Interdimensional Cable.” Instead you get garbage. Don’t expect much from that one. Still, I did chuckle at the final scene. 2.5/5 Comets.

Episode Seven:

“Promortyus” was a little better than the previous episode, but doesn’t quite live up to Season One or Season Two standards. Still, we got a new species of parasitic aliens called Glorzos, a cool action sequence in which Rick and Morty lay waste to a bunch of them, and a whole plot point around them metaphorically crapping on Summer. Much more classic Rick and Morty than whatever the “Never Ricking Morty” was. 3.5/5 Comets.

Episode Eight:

“The Vat of Acid Episode” finally felt like we were back on proper track for Rick and Morty. Rick makes a terrible plan at the beginning involving, you guessed it, a vat of acid. After it fails, Morty gives him all kinds of hell for screwing up. Morty’s goading eventually results in Rick making him a remote control similar to the device in Adam Sandler’s career-ender, Click. If you’re unfamiliar, first of all, consider yourself lucky, second, it’s basically a device that allows Morty to “save” his reality like in a video game and return to that save point any time he screws up. Morty uses the device dozens of times before everything falls apart and he returns the device to Rick. I won’t ruin the end for you, because it’s probably the best part of the episode, but let’s just say Rick’s “last laugh” doesn’t come the way you’d expect it. 4/5 Comets

Episode Nine:

“Childrick of Mort” reminded me a little of the Season Two classic “Get Schwifty.” It probably has to do with the fact that Rick gets a planet pregnant, then spends a good deal of the episode talking to the planet and a godlike being. On its own, this episode is good, but it’s more important because it sets the stage nicely for the next episode, the season finale. Of course, if Rick is the father of an entire planet, Beth isn’t about to let him abandon his planet full of children, so most of the episode is spent on the daddy-issue arc between the two of them. And yes, Jerry, Summer, and Morty are all part of the story, but their parts are secondary in this one. 4/5 Comets

Episode 10:

FINALLY! We get what I consider to be a true Rick and Morty episode in “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri.” Without spoilers it’s hard to discuss this episode. I don’t want to spoil anything, so what I will say is that after 10 episodes, at least 30% of which were below expectations, Roiland and Harmon finally brought the show back on course. In addition to a wicked fight scene between Rick and an unexpected adversary, we get resolution on a great many other things. 5/5 Comets

Final Verdict for Rick and Morty Season Four: 3.5/5 Comets

I did the math. All of my ratings for each episode add up to 37.5/50, or 75%. That’s a C. That’s about right for this season. If the first two seasons were As, the third season is a B, then this season, on the whole, is a C. It did finish strong, though, and that means it’s worth your time. And worthy of mention in our space news and entertainment rundown this week. 


Next in Space News and Entertainment from Last Week: Netflix’s Space Force is Finally Here!

Space Force Season 1

I binged the whole series this weekend. And while the new show from Steve Carell and Greg Daniels has been received rather coldly by critics, I laughed out loud more watching it than I did while watching Rick and Morty Season Four. I guess one explanation for the Metacritic scores of 47 (critics) and 6.1 (users) might be that the show is topical and if you’re trying to escape reality right now with space news and entertainment, topical humor might not be what you need. 

Another reason for the dislike may be a case of false expectations. Leading up to the series release, Netflix said very little about the show other than that Carell and Daniels created it. So the media latched onto this show as the next The Office. It’s not. Not even close. 

The only thing that Space Force and The Office really have in common is the creators and star. Otherwise, it’s more akin to Parks and Rec. 

Why I liked it:

Again, it made me laugh out loud. Also, the cast is wonderful. Everyone from John Malcovich to Jane Lynch to Lisa Kudrow puts in funny performances. In fact, I’d say the onscreen dynamic between Malcovich and Carell is one of the best parts of Season One. Further, the writing is smart and funny, but also poignant at times. 

What I Didn’t Like:

I’ll be honest, the season finale was a little chaotic and left me feeling like they don’t really have a whole lot of options for a season two (if there is one). Other than that, I really can’t see what the fuss is about. It’s funny. 


Finally, in Space News… Crew Dragon Finally Flew!!

SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

After delays and failures, many of which I’ve covered here on Space Porn, Elon Musk’s baby SpaceX successfully launched the Crew Dragon capsule Saturday. The capsule carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, and the trip is significant. Behnken and Hurley are the first American astronauts to get to the ISS on an American craft in nearly a decade.

After the Space Shuttle program was decommissioned in 2011, NASA began purchasing rides for its astronauts from Rosmocos, the Russian space agency at roughly $87 million per seat. The SpaceX Crew Dragon, riding atop the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket, according to Musk, should cost NASA closer to about $57 million per seat. 

Saturday’s successful launch was the first successful manned test of Crew Dragon, and since it was successful, it’s expected that future NASA missions to the ISS will use SpaceX’s systems. That is, until Boeing finally gets their Starliner capsule ready. Even then, though, if Musk’s cost projections are true, it will be much cheaper for NASA to use Crew Dragon for such missions. In either case, Americans are once again going to space in American vehicles, and that’s something to be happy about!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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