Other Space the web series was originally commissioned by Yahoo as part of its planned slate of original series available exclusively for the web.
Created by veteran producer Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat), this sci-fi comedy set in the year 2105 tells the saga of the UMP (Universal Mapping Project) Cruiser and its crew of young misfits.
On its maiden voyage, the starship - commanded by newly promoted Captain Stewart Lipinski - flies through a spatial anomaly that hurls it light years from any previously explored sector of space.
The inexperienced crew have many misadventures as they forge ahead with their mission to explore the unknown, while also seeking a way home.
Although this comparison is worn out, it's still apropos to think of Other Space as the sci-fi equivalent of The Office.
The web series is shot in single-camera style similar to The Office and Community.
Unlike similarly themed sci-fi satires like Voyage Trekkers or Red Shirts, Other Space mines its comedy mainly from the interpersonal relationships between its offbeat characters, rather than sending up specific genre tropes - although there is some of that too.
While Stewart is affable and optimistic, he is also inept in his role as ship's captain. However, during times of crisis, he often has flashes of insight that prove crucial to the crew's survival.
Karen is Stewart's polar opposite. While brilliant, she is detached and reserved. She is also very resentful of being passed over for the captaincy in favor of her brother. As the series progresses, she discovers there is more to effective leadership than by-the-book decorum.
It is the epic personality clashes between brother and sister that generate the bulk of the show's humor, as the duo attempt to co-exist while corralling their crew of eccentrics in order to survive.
Check out the official series trailer here:
Since the collapse of Yahoo's scripted programming initiative, Feig has made the complete eight episode first season of Other Space available for free viewing on its Tumblr page.
If you like sci-fi and humor that stems from the relationships between kooky, oddball characters, you will find much to enjoy in this underappreciated gem.
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