TV: Businessmen Vs. Aliens (Uchû no Shigoto)

I went into this not knowing what to expect.

It’s ten-episodes of roughly half hours length.

I thought it was hilarious.

Six people of different backgrounds are teleported against their will and without prior warning to a moonbase. They all have an identical special power that will repel aliens that want to invade Earth. But that should only be used in an extreme case. The point is the Earth Defense Force will teleport (via a “sucking ray”) aliens on their way to Earth to have the team dissuade them from invading.

In most cases, these are the saddest-ass aliens I’ve seen in TV or movies, ever.

And that’s part of the hilarity.

Remember the Coneheads from Saturday Night Live? Now imagine the entire universe is populated by aliens like them! In fact, one episode seems to feature a sort of homage to them — and it’s the funniest of them all.

Some people might find this series too silly to enjoy. But, for me, I think this is Japan’s own Red Dwarf.

These days, I rarely want a second season of most TV shows. I think I would watch another one of this.

It’s available on Amazon Prime Video.

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