Space Force season 1, episode 5 recap and breakdown

By Daniel Hart
Published: May 29, 2020 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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Space Force season 1, episode 5 - SPACE FLAG recap


Space Force season 1, episode 5, “SPACE FLAG” is the weakest chapter so far in the series but it is still funny.

This recap of Netflix series Space Force season 1, episode 5, “SPACE FLAG” contains significant spoilers.

How does Space Force season 1, episode 5, “SPACE FLAG”  begin?

Episode 5 becomes a strange rivalry between two military divisions testing out exoskeleton suits, with Mark having his own internal problem with Mallory. It begins with Mark briefing his space soldiers and he prepares them for a war game so they can choose the best exoskeleton suit to buy. Mallory calls in to the briefing — he states that the suits are basically high-tech body bags; the suits are more expensive than men. Mark tries to give Mallory fashion advice as apparently he invites ridicule. Mark and Mallory head over to Air Force to check out the exoskeletons — mind games between Mark and Kick begin, Space Force versus Air Force. They are ready for war games.

Mark has a problem with Mallory’s attitude with the war game.

Mark prepares his Space Force team again for the war games with tactics and firearms (BB guns); Mark shows how to reload and fire them. Meanwhile, Mallory’s satellite team manages to disable the Air Force satellite. Mallory returns to War Games and Mark accuses him of choosing the wrong exoskeleton suit on purpose and it becomes a science versus testosterone argument.

Let the war games begin

While singing to relieve stress, a woman catches Mark and she tells him to hang in there. The war games begin and Space Force starts losing. Mark has given up and he rings Mallory and congratulates him for making his point — Mallory makes some notes and heads to war. He radios in to Chan and the other Air Force squad exoskeleton suits start malfunctioning, Mark defeats all the Air Force men. Space Force has won. But this also means that science has won — Mark needed Mallory in the end to ensure victory. Mark thanks Mallory for his help.

Space Force season 1, episode 5, “SPACE FLAG” is the weakest chapter so far in the series, but is still funny.

Additional notes
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