On the season one penultimate episode of Moonbase 8, the gang turn around their fortunes with a move improving their solar panel electricity output and the communication signal. How they got there was a different story as Cap and Skip feuded after the former was led to believe the latter was a Russian spy and needed to be killed. Cooler heads prevailed and the pair were able to work things out.
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The group sees another new member called up to space after a brief stay with them. They begin to question when it will be their turn or if they’ll even receive a chance. Frustrated, the guys poke the bear by sending a strongly worded letter to NASA to clarify where they currently stand with the organization’s future plans.
Moonbase 8 is then visited by some cattle ranchers who inform them they have moved onto private property. They need to transfer back to their original site because a large herd of cows will be stampeding through the area the next day. That’s not nearly enough time pack up and move so they crew take it as a sign that maybe they’re not meant for the moon. Skip becomes inspired by a bottle of hot sauce and devises a plan to divert the incoming threat but it will take everyone working together to pull off.
The season one finale shows the type of mettle the team has under pressure. Even though they haven’t been successful in many of their simulations so far, they come out on top when it counts. The trio work as a cohesive unit protecting their base from the oncoming cattle.
The scene is pretty exciting for having three guys sitting at a table and on the couch. The accompanying soundtrack of “Flight of the Valkyries” riles everyone up for the intense situation. There’s even some suspense with a malfunctioning rocket that Skip has to repair and you share in their joy when they survive the ordeal.
NASA notifying Moonbase 8 that they can’t provide a timeline when they can go into space is a downer for Cap, Rook, and Chip, but at least they are awarded the highest form of uniform classification: Stratus Class Red. After the job they performed, we see some awkward, cheesy victory dances in their new jackets. Who’s to tell them to stop since it is all well deserved.
“Beef” does end on a dark note as we see an unknown observer monitoring the group. It brings up some interesting possibilities if the show receives a second season. Is the mystery figure from NASA and that’s how they know the team’s not ready for space exploration? Or is it someone else which then can bring into question whether the gang are really training to be astronauts.
The first season finale finally gives Moonbase 8 a taste of triumph and you can’t help but be happy for them. It also opens the door to some intriguing possibilities if the series continues.
Moonbase 8 can be seen on Showtime.
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