It’s time to Saturn that frown upside down because Space Force has officially landed in the Netflix universe. The series is a new kind of workplace comedy where the stakes are sky high and the ambitions are even higher. Join us as we go behind-the-scenes of the not-so-known facts about the freshly launched series and see what it truly takes to create the world of
Mission Control Room was inspired by Elon Musk’s SpaceX
Production designer Susie Mancini created the Mission Control Room after she and showrunner Greg Daniels visited Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX. The facility has entire walls made of glass so everybody can watch the launches when they happen.
The advisors behind Space Force
One look at Mark Vazquez’s LinkedIn profile and you’ll start questioning what you’ve been doing all your life. To prepare for their military roles, Space Force utilized astronaut advisors, science advisors, and military advisor Mark Vazquez, a retired Army Infantryman who spent time on set helping with everything from proper saluting, etiquette to costuming. Vazquez has advised on past shows including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Jimmy O.Yang’s dad makes an appearance
Jimmy O.Yang plays Dr.Zhang, an astro-botanist with an advanced degree in cross-pollination and dry terrain root systems (he definitely knows some sh*t about plants). In Episode 9, Dr. Zhang — Dr. Adrian Mallory’s (John Malkovich) rival and counterpart in China — is played by Yang’s real-life dad. Yang warned everyone that his dad was going to ask them for selfies, but John Malkovich said, “Oh, no, no, no. We are going to ask him for a selfie.”
your eyes peeled for the D.Mifflin satellite
If you look closely at the satellite names in the Space Force Mission Control Room, you can see that one of them is named “D. Mifflin” after the paper company Dunder Mifflin from The Office that served as the main setting for the series. Ben Schwartz spotted the “D.Mifflin” satellite during filming, he was so excited that he immediately showed it to Steve Carell. J
fart joke blossomed into a Steve Carell and John Malkovich bromance
When Steve Carell and Greg Daniels first began writing for Space Force, Daniels heard from his agent that John Malkovich might be interested in joining the cast. Dr. Mallory — a name intentionally written to sound like “Malkovich” — is a role written specifically for John Malkovich.
At first, Carell was intimidated by Malkovich but then when they actually met, he turned out to be “incredibly sweet, talkative, and charming, and is kind and light-hearted to everybody.” Carell knew that he and Malkovich would get along during the first week of filming when Jimmy O. Yang told a fart joke and Malkovich started giggling uncontrollably.