I was desperate. My music selection was depressing me, and local talk radio was starting to sound like a Ford commercial. Considering that I spend about an hour of my day on average commuting, I went on the hunt for some podcasts last year that ended up making my driving experience much more enjoyable. Did I mention that these are all FREE to download?
The comedy/sci-fi web series Space Janitors returned April 2 with Season 2.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a pair of blue-collar janitors battled Imperial grime, with only a sonic mop and a bottle of glass cleaner to see them through! And as of April 2, Canadian-based Space Janitors started their second season of sci-fi comedy, bringing us back in the fight to find our anti-heroes still alive.
Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Star Wars, this is a web series you should have your eye on. It follows Mike Chet (Pat Thornton) and Darby Richards (Brendan Halloran), two janitors aboard a massive space station, and their friends, computer psychologist Edith Kingpin (Evany Rosen), android LN6-K (Tess Degenstein), and Dennis (Scott Yamamura), one of the 10,000 identical, cloned squall troopers aboard the station.
The short episodes follow their hi-jinks aboard the station, an every-man amidst the war, and are rife with deadpan nerd humour. Hat tips to a variety of sci-fi shows and genres are found in each episode, which run 4-8 minutes each Set and costume design are endearingly campy, and comedic delivery is spot-on, which may be unsurprising given the background in comedy both the creators (Davin Lengyel and Geoff Lapaire) and actors themselves have. Imagine my delight at a cameo from Chris Gibbs in Season 1, an actor and improviser who has toured the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit and is on my ‘go to’ list for comedy whenever he’s in my home city.
While I might have a soft spot for home-grown humour, this Canuck would recommend Space Janitors to any sci-fi savy serah looking for a laugh. I was hooked from the get-go.