What to Stream This Weekend: ‘Space Force,’ ‘jeen-yuhs’

The best TV and movies coming your way this week
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From major Netflix releases like the return of Space Force plus a Kanye West docuseries, and the return of fan favorites across other streamers like Amazon and AMC+, we’ve got you covered on all the newly available content worth streaming on the major platforms this weekend. New titles below span Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, BritBox, and more.


Space Force: Season 2

If we’re being generous, Netflix’s Steve Carell-led workplace comedy about the new branch of the military created by the Trump administration (Space Force) was still finding its rhythm in season one. It was released in 2020 a few months into the pandemic, and critics promptly skewered it. But it’s hard to know if a lot of the panning wasn’t largely a knee-jerk aversion to anything that even remotely has Trumpian fingerprints on it. And while it didn’t really feel like the ideal time to be poking lighthearted fun at a weird new branch of the federal government, in those first pre-vaccine months of Covid-19, perhaps the show’s sophomore season which arrives on Netflix this weekend will find a more receptive audience.

And maybe it can even build on the bright spots from last time around, because they definitely were there.

Netflix’s Space Force essentially transposes the real-world establishment of this military entity that nobody seems to really understand anyway into the strictures of a half-hour comedy. The show is the brainchild of Carell and Greg Daniels, comedy vets who last worked together on NBC’s The Office. And that’s important to point out, because Space Force definitely has that Dunder Mifflin flavor of dry humor running throughout it (“I’m going to reabsorb your budget like the world’s most useful tampon.” “Cheap generals are like cheap enchiladas – you end up paying for it on the back end.”) Even to the point of Carell’s General Mark Naird almost feeling like the gravelly-voiced older brother of Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott. By the end of the first season, the show managed to find its heart; these are decent people, given a barely comprehensible mission, who have to make sense of what it means to build up this new unit of the military. They fight for respect, and to convince everyone that, yes, going into space and reaching for the stars — that this is hard stuff, but that it matters. In Season 2, Gen. Naird’s Space Force picks up right where it left off, only this time they have to prove themselves to, wink wink, a new administration. Streaming February 18 on Netflix

Severance: Season 1

If you’ve seen a trailer for Apple TV+’s borderline dystopian workplace drama Severance, then you’ve already gotten a taste of the undercurrent of creepiness that pervades the whole thing. Of a sort that feels both familiar – in these days when a lot of us still have trepidation about going back to the office – and also foreboding. This is a story about work-life balance, and what happens when those two things are cleaved in half and pushed to their respective extremes. Directed and produced by Ben Stiller, the cast here is led by Adam Scott and explores what it means to literally forget your outside self when you step into the office, and vice versa. And also explores the strange, dark mysteries that can take advantage of such an arrangement. Streaming February 18 on Apple TV+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 9

HBO’s satirical current events program helmed by comedian and political commentator John Oliver, which has scored 23 Emmys since its 2014 premiere, returns to HBO for its ninth season this weekend. From HBO’s WarnerMedia: “As the country navigates the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a highly polarized political landscape, the ninth season of the critically acclaimed series promises to shine a light on headline news as well as lesser-reported topics that both inform and entertain, featuring a mix of the series’ sharp commentary, pre-taped pieces and occasional special guests.” Airing on HBO starting February 20, and available to stream on HBO Max

The Beatles And India

One of the most beloved albums by The Beatles — the so-called White Album, though its official title is simply the group’s name that was stamped on the cover — is also one of the group’s messiest. Which is certainly not meant to malign this landmark double album as “sloppy.” Rather, that’s simply a reflection of the fact that this is a sprawling set of songs which featured the group for the first time working mostly as individuals rather than a cohesive single unit. And even though that was the case, this is still The Beatles we’re talking about — which is to say, the highs on this album are so high that surviving member Paul McCartney still features many of them as a staple of his live shows (“Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Blackbird,” and “I Will,” to name a few).

In this BritBox documentary, archival footage and interviews are used to tell the story of the band’s visit to India to study transcendental meditation. It was a getaway that provided the creative spark for the songs that would later appear on The White Album. It’s where the members strummed guitars, relaxed, wrote, and found themselves in a relaxed headspace for maybe the first time in their unparalleled and all-too-brief career as a group. Now streaming on BritBox

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It feels like it’s been forever since Kanye West was making headlines for his music. These days, his life feels a little like one giant piece of performance art — whether he’s in the news for a strange, quixotic presidential bid or for his post-Kim Kardashian romances. And now, he’s just split with actress Julia Fox (who it’s said he was reportedly so public about being romantically linked to in order to make Kim K jealous). At the least, all this serves to keep him in the news … oh, look, just in time for a new Netflix three-part docu-series about him, which debuted on the streamer this week. The rapper even stepped on the documentary’s Netflix premiere event in recent days, when he lamented that Apple apparently offered him $100 to put his Donda album on Apple Music, but Kanye passed on the offer because, he says, the iPhone maker wouldn’t connect him with CEO Tim Cook for a meeting. Now streaming on Netflix

Marvel Studios: Assembled – The Making of Eternals

Go behind the scenes of 2021’s Marvel superhero film directed by Chloe Zhao in this latest episode of the anthology series, available to stream on Disney+. From special effects to interviews with the cast and crew, this episode dives deep into this latest title from the entertainment giant that included a cast with Marvel newcomers like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani. Now streaming on Disney+

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 4

The fourth season of this Amazon Prime Video comedy starring Rachel Brosnahan returns this weekend, with two new episodes arriving every Friday for four weeks. And there are some prominent guests making appearances this time around, including Milo Ventimiglia, John Waters, Jason Alexander, and The Gilmore Girls Kelly Bishop.

From Amazon’s description of the new season: “It’s 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, Midge finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft—and the places it takes her—creates a rift between her and the family and friends around her.” Streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting February 18

The Walking Dead: Season 11, Part Two

At this point, AMC’s long-running, zombie-filled drama feels as hard to kill as the undead creatures that pervade it.

Part two of Season 11’s three-part, 24-episode run gets underway this Sunday. It will offer up eight episodes in this batch — and, as a reminder, subscribers to AMC’s streaming service AMC+ can watch new episodes one week early there. Part three of Season 11, meanwhile, is coming later this year. Streaming now on AMC+