In Review: Netflix’s “Space Force” — a Comedy for the Multiplex Era

From the makers of “The Office,” Netflix’s new flagship series satirizes a very different kind of American workplace, in a very different political-international context. In doing so, “Space Force” manages to comedically introduce to popular television the basic concepts of the ‘Multiplex Order’, and the ensuant tensions provoked by competing national interests in space.

What do Imran Khan and Godzilla Have in Common: Both are bitter enemies of climate change

In 1954, Japan’s Toho Studios released the first Godzilla film (Gojira in Japanese), which drew inspiration from the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki nine years earlier.  Now well into his 60s, you would think that Godzilla should have already planned a smooth retirement. Instead, after a blockbuster 2014 Hollywood re-emergence and a superb Japanese […]

The Wandering Earth: China’s Cinematic Space Race

The Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth (Liu Lang Di Qiu) shattered boxes offices in 2019. Directed by Frant Gwo, the movie follows the Liu family’s post-apocalyptic space mission to save Earth from Jupiter’s gravitational orbit. The film’s thematic statements and successful public reception are a reflection of China’s increasing confidence in its space exploration program.