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It's been nine months since Netflix first announced that Steve Carell would star in new "workplace comedy" Space Force, and the streaming giant has finally delivered us a slate of beautiful babies to populate what we're praying will resemble The Office in freakin' outer space.
Seven actors, including the legendarily droll John Malkovich and rubber-faced Ben Schwartz, have joined the cast of Space Force as members of the team that, led by Carell, is tasked with actually building the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces from the ground up, Variety reported on Thursday.
When CBS announced that it picked up The Code in 2018, the network clearly thought it had the next JAG on its hands. Instead, it got a disaster of a production that was cancelled after just one season.
The military courtroom drama — developed by Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk and starring Luke Mitchell, Dana Delaney, and Anna Wood — was billed as a gritty look at "the military's brightest minds take on our country's toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out."
But over its first season, the series failed to cultivate a dedicated audience, lagged in network ratings, and, perhaps more importantly, pissed off an online army of U.S. military veterans incensed by the series' inaccuracies.
This could have been at least partially avoided, according to several sources, if Sweeny and Turk hadn't outright rejected the Marine Corps' help at every turn.
This account is based on conversations with two Marine Corps officials and a source at CBS Entertainment with knowledge of the interactions between the The Code team and the Corps. All three spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal.
It looks like America broke
The Code, and not in a good way.
Dana Delany, who starred as the fictional Col. Glenn Turnbull, shared the news of the cancellation on Twitter. "I'll never make General," she wrote," but I loved this cast of stellar actors & know we'll meet again. Semper Fidelis."
Marine Corps veteran Rob Riggle has enjoyed an amazing post-military career as a comedian, actor and creator of funny videos for the FOX NFL pregame show. Now, he's going to put his self-proclaimed "extensive knowledge of everything" to use as host of the Discovery Channel series "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator."
There's a scene from Demolition Man that's always stuck with me. Upon fleeing his incarceration in futuristic Los Angeles, the batshit crazy Simon Phoenix (played by Wesley Snipes) goes hunting for weapons at a nearby museum, stocking up on machine guns and pistols when inspiration strikes. "Wait a minute, this is the future," Phoenix smirks. "Where are all the phaser guns?"
Sadly, the world's militaries have yet to field the futuristic firearms we've always dreamed of, but at least movies and television have attempted to make those dreams a reality. Below, an egregiously non-scientific ranking of fictional futuristic firearms based on capabilities, lethality, and real-world practicality.