This animated series about a group of geeky spies operating troops in America’s fictional secret service doesn’t do all. It can with its teasers, which are a ridiculously ridiculous array of LGBTQ+ cliches and bad jokes.
Online commentators weren’t impressed by the “yas queen” pose waving a rainbow flag. That first glance throws him back into the witty world of adult animated comedy from Big Mouth to BoJack Horseman.
Q Force is not as bad as this video shows.
But to get out of Sashaay and make verbs and jokes. About how straight men love to smell their scent. You have to go through two episodes that show that it can end up being this bad.
Comedy can take several episodes to find its tone and rhythm. It even suggests that those who settle in greatness, from Sheet Creek to parks and amusements, have a slow climb. Q Force won’t be one of them, and I wonder how many viewers will patiently wait for the upgrade.
Steve Merriweather (Sean Hayes of Will and Grace). It is known to his friends as Mary, is a farewell member of his spy class. The strongest and brightest secret agent trained this year. When he used his closing speech to get out of the closet. He was immediately transferred and assigned to a small team of losers.
Who worked from the back of his West Hollywood home and were never allowed into the field. Homophobia is not as common in this world as it is endemic. And Mary and her friends abstain at every opportunity. Because they are gay. They proved to be very good at espionage and believed to disrupt. The international uranium trade chain. Which proved to be part of a larger global conspiracy.
What a confusing series. Michael Schur of a Good Place developed it with Hayes.
Showrunner Gabe Liebman worked at Pen15, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Broad City. The cast includes Wanda Sykes, Lori Metcalfe, Gary Cole, and David Harbour. All doing their best with what they have but limited by weird, old-fashioned jokes.
That I wonder if they were intentional retro choices. Like modern sideboards or medieval moustaches. It references Ally McBeal, The Princess Diaries, Sleepless in Seattle and Brokeback Mountain, and the mandatory s*x DVDs and City City boxing jokes.
There’s a nod to a world where grandparents love RuPaul’s Drag Race. And every Netflix show has at least one curious character. Nothing wrong with that. There can be snobbery and hostility, especially online, to mass gay culture. As if all LGBTQ+ people are the same, and the only natural way to express themselves. That weirdness is to talk about Judith Butler. It’s unfair to criticize the super-spy cartoon that saved the world. From nuclear terrorism for not being the “right” kind, whatever that means. The Q Force is flat and light, and that should be fine.
But it’s less fun and more of a problem.
In your first few episodes, you can see jokes a mile away. And I think animation and comedy are much more complicated now. Trading stereotypes is a proven comedic technique. But there must be more layers for it to work well. It rarely goes beyond initial observation: Europeans love nudity! Isn’t it funny when fat people are naked! Don’t make men rude! Are lesbians not good at fixing houses! (Though we have to be honest, this one has deep roots.)
It wasn’t until Q Force took part in the famous song contest called Europevision. That he dared to leave the fluff and plunge into the waters of exploration. When he finally took off his fur boa and became a swindler, he began to settle on something worth seeing. The series’ fitting storyline is the sort of outside play. That could have made it more interesting, to begin with, and includes AI. A secret black market auction, a potentially evil natural cosmetics company, and an insensitive billionaire. In 2021 everything is much more, although it may be a little late.