We’ve seen series and films about the corporate hellscape, as well as science fiction movies about huma colonies in outer space. Now writer/director Nate Sherman has decided to bring the two together for an HBO series called Fired on Mars.
Check out the first trailer starring Luke Wilson:
Here’s the series synopsis:
Jeff Cooper has it all: a fulfilling career as the graphic designer for space start-up Mars.ly, a relationship with his soon-to-be Red Planet-bound girlfriend, Hannah, and… well, maybe that’s it. But when his bosses unceremoniously eliminate his role, Jeff finds himself jobless and unable to return to Earth. Adrift in the sprawling office colony, Jeff is forced to reinvent himself as he attempts to find meaning in a dangerous, alien, yet all-too-familiar corporate landscape.
On the first viewing, you may think that he series was created by Mike Judge seeing that it feels like Office Space with a sci-fi setting; plus the art style seems pretty similar to that of King of the Hill. If anything, the series does feel pretty similar to Sherman’s previous work with Adult Swim’s Wet City. Check out the first chapter here:
While I expect the show to have some laughs and satire about corporate culture, I have a feeling we should expected Fired on Mars to also have some kind of existential reflection not dissimilar to that of Netflix’s hit animated series BoJack Horseman.
Catch Fired on Mars when it premieres on HBO Max on April 20.