Noob Reviews: Final Space (Seasons 01 and 02)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Final Space?
Released as a pilot back in 2016, with its first season coming out in February 2018, Final Space is an animated space romp that was both created and developed by Olan Rogers.
After The Lord Commander’s ultimate planet-destroying weapon (Mooncake) escapes its holding and flees across the galaxy, The Lord Commander, a bloodthirsty and power-hungry totalitarian psionic ruler - dispatches a team of elite bounty hunters to return the weapon to him.
Unfortunately, for Mooncake and the galaxy, whose very fate depends on his actions - aid comes to Mooncake in the form of Gary Goodspeed. A former space cadet whose ineptitude caused colossal amounts of damage to both public and military property whilst he tried to impress officer Quin Ergon. However, whether Gary is imprisoned on the space brig Galaxy One or not, he is always willing to try his best to assist when he sees someone in need. Consequences be damned!
Luckily for Gary and Mooncake, as they try to peel back the layers of mystery surrounding The Lord Commander and his plans for galaxy-wide domination, they will bump into many a like-minded ally willing to assist them on their quest. Whilst at the same time going head to head with nefarious enemies as they explore strange new lands and attempt to integrate with alien civilisations.
What type of anime-style is Final Space?
Final Space is not actually an anime but an animated science fiction space opera with heavy comedy-drama elements.
When was the first season of Final Space released?
The first season of Final Space was initially released in February 2018.
What is the first season about?
The first season of Final Space introduces us to the core characters which the seasons will be built up around but, most importantly, sees how they all come together. With Gary meeting Mooncake. The stories of The Lord Commander’s rise to power and his vision for the galaxy been revealed. And Avocato’s search for his son Little Cato who has been taken from him by the Lord Commander and imprisoned until Mooncake is captured and returned.
Needless to say, the first season begins to weave a web of plots and subplots that can, on some occasions, be resolved in a single episode, and for others, span the entire season, if not seasons.
- The official trailer linked from TBS’ YouTube channel -
When was the second season of Final Space released?
The second season of Final Space was released in June 2019.
What is the second season about?
Just as an advanced warning, there will be very minor spoilers ahead.
After the explosive finale of the first season, we find Gary (barely) alive and at the mercy of a new nemesis who puts profits above all else, but will this nemesis seek to use Gary for his skills or perhaps they have a more significant play in the works?
Throughout the second season, we see the introduction of many new characters and many fan favourites' return. The crew explores brand new and genuinely terrifying locations, such as The Happy Place. And as time continues to run out for the galaxy - the deities of Inner Space begin to push the boundaries of the realms, seeking to cross over and consume the universe to feed their ever-growing hunger for more.
- The official trailer linked from Olan Rogers’ YouTube channel -
How many episodes are there?
There are a total of twenty-three episodes available to date (on Netflix), with the first season consisting of ten episodes and the second composed of thirteen. Each of the episodes, across the two seasons, has an average run time of twenty minutes.
Has a third season been confirmed?
It has indeed. Initially announced in September 2019, the third season of Final Space was released on Adult Swim on the 20th March this year (in the US) and consists of thirteen episodes. At the moment, it has been officially confirmed Final Space will be coming to Netflix outside of the US, but a specific date is yet to be confirmed.
- The official trailer linked from Olan Rogers’ YouTube channel -
Who are some of the voice actors and actresses that we might know?
David Tennant (The Lord Commander)
Olan Rogers (Goodspeed and multiple other characters)
Steven Yeun (Little Cato and multiple other characters)
Tika Sumpter (Quinn Ergon and multiple other voices)
For a complete cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What do you think of Final Space to date?
When first seeing the trailers for Final Space, I immediately loved the art style, setting and sense of humour. Having been a massive fan of sci-fi from a young age, it instantly gave me very loose Star Trek vibes and some serious Galaxy Quest energy.
From the voice acting through to the delivery, the cast has been a great pick with no screen time wasted. Each cast member gives the scenes their all with perfect comedic timing, immersive tones of voice and ranges of style and depth that really add to the quality of their performances. Speaking of the cast, it really made me smile to see such huge names taking part in the various seasons as I already love the work of many of them, such as David Tennant (Doctor Who), Steven Yeun (Walking Dead and Mayhem) and Keith David Williams (pretty much anything he has been in).
Looking at the story, there are quite a few parts of it that are unique on the one hand and on the other, other elements that are tweaked and altered versions of existing themes and storylines from different franchises. That been said, the way everything is brought together and plays out from episode to episode, season to season. Really goes all out to make Final Space stand out as a unique title that goes the extra mile to fine-tune the smallest detail to ensure it still offers top quality content instead of being a dull carbon copy of something else.
Overall I would have to say Final Space is definitely one of the better quality animated entries on Netflix. It is absolutely fantastic, with a solid five plus bananas worth of entertainment. I can not recommend it highly enough if you are a fan of animated adventures with a rather crude and somewhat dark sense of humour. Personally, I found many of the events, characters, and plot twists still with me and running through my mind long after I had finished watching and can not wait until the third season makes its way to the UK.
As a footnote, I should just point out that within the US, Final Space is released on TBS/Adult Swim first, meaning it is not a Netflix original. However, outside of the US in countries like the UK, it is marked as a Netflix original. Just in case you wondered why it had been categorised on the blog as it has.
What rating would you give the first two seasons of Final Space?
I would rate the first two seasons of Final Space as a fantastic 4.6 out of 5 bananas.
Final Space is a space opera that tells the tale of the young, brave and handsome Gary, his destructive companion Mooncake and their unrelenting battle to save the galaxy from The Lord Commander. Tailoring to many senses of humour, with a well-written script, brilliantly executed voice acting and captivating art style - this is one I can definitely recommend as well worth a watch. I will just have to admit, though, I am jealous we have to wait for the third season to appear on our screens for at least a few more weeks, if not months, in the UK.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Final Space and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find it on Netflix here.