We almost forgot about HBO’s dark comedy 5th Street, which first appeared before the world closed in response to a global pandemic. But SeriesHugh Laurie’s starring as captain of a luxury cruise spaceship touring the solar system has been renewed, for the second and final season. And now we have an official trailer to give us an idea of what’s in store for the trapped passengers and crew.
(Spoilers for season one below).
as I am wrote previouslyThe series is the brainchild of Armando Iannucci, best known for producing the HBO comedy series vice presidentwhich won several Emmy Awards over the course of seven seasons. 5 . Street It is set nearly 40 years into the future, when private spaceflight, also known as space tourism, will absolutely matter. The Honorary Spaceflight Slide is modeled after today’s luxury ocean condoms, complete with fine dining and regular exercise classes. But the ship ran into major technical difficulties, resulting in a course failure that meant it would take three years for its return voyage, instead of the planned six months. The crew scrambled to solve the problem while keeping the passengers from panicking.
In addition to Laurie as Captain Ryan Clark, the cast includes Silicon ValleyZack Woods as Matt Spencer, the head of customer relations, and Josh Gad as savvy billionaire Herman Judd, who owns 5 . Street He pretends to be a man of the people, while he is frankly arrogant. Making Captain Ryan’s job even more difficult is Karen Kelly (Rebecca Front), a domineering passenger who appears to be on board. under false pretensesafter she used her sister’s ticket (non-transferable).
Susie Nakamura wound up as Iris Kimura, a co-owner of the ship; Lenora Critchlow as Second Engineer Billy McEvoy; Himesh Patel as celebratory comedian Jordan Hatwal, performing on 5 . Street; and Ethan Phillips as former astronaut Spike Williams, whose boisterous, feminine ways inevitably cause tensions.
The big reveal of the pilot episode: the chief engineer was killed and Clarke admitted that he was actually an actor, set to be a reassuring figure on the ship. In fact, all the “crew” visible on the bridge were actors and models, and the bridge’s “controls” were just props, because Judd wanted to achieve a certain look of 5 . Street. The real crew works “behind the scenes” and does the real work of operating the ship.
At the end of the season, Raf Mulcair (Nikki Amuka Bird), the head of the mission controller on the ground, manages to bring a two-person shuttle to the 5 . Street, but only one person can return with the pilot – which means if Judd returns, Ruff will be stuck on the ship with everyone else. In the end, Iris was accidentally brought back. Meanwhile, trying to get rid of ballast (unnecessary stuff) to correct the course and shorten the return trip to six months instead of three years backfired spectacularly. The ballast was dumped from the port side rather than the stern, and the trip home would now take eight years.
I enjoyed the first season, although I felt like it had never been done in comedy, and the tone was a bit uneven. It can be hard to find humor in an inherently dark situation. I guess it depends on how fun you find a wreck field with ejected coffins spinning around the ship – or seven passengers self-pelted from airlocks to their death because they’re convinced they’re in a fake reality show – too funny or annoying. Filming for the second season was postponed due to the COVID pandemic but eventually ended last November. HBO’s official description:
Five months after failing to turn the ship around, season two follows the crew—including fiery engineer Billy, unexpected chief customer relations Matt, and loyal right-hander Iris—as they struggle to command, calm, control, and, if necessary, hide from the passengers. Increasingly riotous. On Earth, they were hailed as heroes, and in space, everyone could hear their screams.
In the trailer, we see Matt insist that passengers should be told about the new, longer schedule for getting home. Clark backs off, mostly because he’s running out of food. If he says the truth, “I’ll become the next all-you-can-eat buffet.” He even insists that all is well for Iris, who is now back on Earth with Mission Control. But they probably won’t have time to starve because the ship looks like it’s on a collision course, and the sun is tilting—as Raff calls it, “the big yellow crab factory made of lava. That’s one.” But hey, at least they have options.
The second and final season of 5 . Street Coming to HBO and HBO Max October 10, 2022.
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