Sci-fi comedy shows are back in a big way. Everyone’s looking to fill the hole left by Futurama. Star Trek: Lower Decks was just the tip of the iceberg…we currently also have Netflix’s Space Force, Adult Swim’s Final Space, and now something called Other Space, just in case there aren’t enough shows with “space” in a two-word title.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the show originally premiered five years ago on Yahoo’s short-lived streaming service alongside the sixth season of Community. It received high praise from critics, but due to where it wound up, it fell off the map. These are not new episodes, they’re the only eight that will probably ever be, but they’re still hilarious.
It is the year 2105… a young, inexperienced and highly flawed crew embarks on a routine exploratory space mission. Suddenly, their ship, the UMP Cruiser, is drawn through a portal into a different, mysterious universe. With no maps, no contact, and no way back home, Captain Stewart Lipinski, First Officer/Stewart’s-Older-Sister Karen Lipinski and their crew have to learn to work together, all while dealing with mysterious space clouds, food and fuel shortages, robot rebellions, folds in time, and the occasional alien attack.
Other Space was created by Paul Feig of Freaks & Geeks fame, as well as some other less popular things. It starred Karan Soni (Deadpool, Deadpool 2), Neil Casey (Ghostbusters 2016, “Avenue 5”), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island, “The Good Place”), Conor Leslie (“The Man in the High Castle”, “Titans”), Jessica Chaffin (The Heat, Spy, “Big Mouth”)…and Milana Vayntrub, whose most visible role is still Lily in those AT&T ads, but she was supposed to be Squirrel Girl in a Marvel series that is now cancelled. (We still feel robbed — she would have been perfect!)
Most people missed Other Space the first time, and there’s a good chance they will again. It’s not on Netflix, cable, or on-demand. To watch the show’s re-premiere you have to download an app called Dust, which we didn’t know existed until today. The good news is that those who find Other Space won’t have to pay to watch it…all content on the Dust app is free. Grab it on Roku and see what you missed with Other Space starting August 1.