Hatched up by the workforce behind the sketch comedy “Portlandia,” the mildly amusing conceit entails a trio of aspiring, principally inept astronauts auditioning for a spot on a Moon base by sequestering themselves in a mock house set up in Winslow, Arizona. (As a footnote, that is nearly certainly probably the most pop-culture consideration Winslow has obtained for the reason that Eagles track “Take It Easy.”)
The astronauts are performed by John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen and Tim Heidecker (of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”), they usually’re an eccentric bunch, down the quirky nicknames. Reilly’s Cap is clearly probably the most determined of the trio because of troubles at dwelling, whereas Heidecker’s Rook is a religious Christian fighting being separated from his spouse and horde of youngsters.
Despite the notion that the bottom seeks to approximate the challenges of being on the Moon — dusting off the “urine recycling machine,” for instance, when there’s an issue with the water provide — varied individuals drop out and in over the course of the six episodes. That stated, the collection stays pretty claustrophobic, and principally uneventful, regardless of the occasional foray outdoors their protecting bubble into the desert environs (carrying spacesuits, in fact).
The artistic workforce’s sketch-comedy roots seem evident in a number of the sillier conditions, which have the understated tone of a British comedy. Reilly does conjure the occasional humorous second as somebody so dense it is exhausting to think about him passing a driving take a look at, a lot much less qualifying for the house program and assembly NASA’s calls for.
As small steps for TV go, “Moonbase 8” is not the worst of that undistinguished bunch. But regardless of its Earth-bound moorings, it possesses the least sense of gravity.
“Moonbase 8” premieres Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.