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Space Janitors
Space Janitors is a science fiction comedy show hosted on The Escapist, which updates every friday. Find it here.The show follows several people involved as janitors and other low-grade employees at a very large space-ship/station belong to The Empire. There is also a series of shorts called "Space Janitors: Deck Crew."

Now also available on Geek And Sundry, although Escapist appears to update first.

Space Janitors provides examples of:

  • Almighty Janitor: Invoked, Darby explains to Mike that they're really the most important people on the ship because they maintain the hyperdrive and the giant laser.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Subverted, what appears to be the Robot Girl L severely malfunctioning is really her reacting strongly to a taste bud upgrade.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Invoked, Darby is upset that no-one thinks he's important enough to take a shot at.
  • Backhanded Compliment:
    Darby: " of these days, I'm going to be somebody someone's gonna want to shoot at."
    Mike: "Hey, if it's any consolation, I already think you should be shot."
  • Conspicuous CGI
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Dark Lord
    • the Emperor.
  • Expy: One of the rebel operatives from the pilot episode bears a strong resemblance to Zoe from Firefly if Zoe had an afro.
    • Squall Troopers are, of course, Storm Troopers
    • Guess what the Emperor looks like.
    • Darby's father is one of Admiral Ackbar
  • Fantastic Racism: Referring to an android as cold and calculating is enough to make her cry.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams
  • Future Food Is Artificial: Imperial rations are various colors of "mush"; pink mush, yellow mush, sweet mush. Also, some or all of it may be made from recycled Squall Troopers, or other emperial subjects. The crew appears to like it, however. They react with horror to the idea of eating meat of the bone.
  • Future Slang: "kiss" has been supplanted by the more juvenile "smooch."
  • Grey and Grey Morality: Rebels are portrayed as egotistical adrenaline junkies while imperial citizens are portrayed as very happy with their dystopian lives.
  • Groin Attack: Not deliberately, but every so often a deck crewmember nuts himself on a running-light probe; this is reffered to as "The ol' entire-ship-to-the-groin"
  • Homage: The setting is more or less classic Star Wars with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • Human Resources/To Serve Man:
    "This is Mike Chet; we've got two squall troopers ready for soylent."
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eating meat off the bone is regarded as "Cannibalism." Clone pate', however, is Ay-okay.
  • Machine Monotone: the psychoevaluation computer, Dr. Sabato
  • One-Way Visor: Squall Troopers wear them.
  • Perspective Flip: the show's pretty much Star Wars from the Empire's side.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: LN6-K, or just L for short.
    • One Deck Crew short had two female mechanics lamenting this trend, stating that the robots from their childhood had much more personality, and mentioning that the new-model androids border on Uncanny Valley.
  • Shout-Out: Squall Trooper uniforms are 90% Storm Trooper, but have white Master Chief helmets with silver visors.
    • Squall trooper training is dodging shots from a remote.
    • Imperial fighters look like TIE Fighters; rebel fighters look like X wings.
    • Dr. Sabato is very reminiscent of HAL 9000.
    • The Enterprise bosun whistle can be heard in episode two during the scene where Dennis is introduced
    • Mike uses the 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver on the droid in episode 5
    • The logo that appears on a lot of products that appear on the show is awfully similar to the sigil of ReBoot.
    • A brief scene showing how the Dennis clones are "born" is straight out of Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) with a very cylon-looking ooze-pool and even the cylon's distinctive leitmotif.
  • Standard Establishing Spaceship Shot: Subverted; it's really an extreme close-up shot of a bottle of window cleaner.
    • Later episodes actually do a SESS with "The Station".
  • Stock Yuck:
    Milk is gross...
  • Tractor Beam: A portable model that looks an awful lot like a leaf blower.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The pilot shows Mike and Darby blithely performing their duties while a dramatic space battle takes place outside the window they're washing.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Dark Lord, rather than being intimidating, is regarded as super-awesome. Darby mentioning that he's seen him in person makes his friends jealous.
  • We Will Use Manual Labour In The Future: The Empire has yet to invest in some cleaning robots.
    • They do, however, appear to have at least one robot that cleans up when a minion needs cleaning up. This may have been a custom robot, since it appears to be under control of Dark Lord.
  • You Have Failed Me: A variant, Dark Lord can only telekinetically choke someone for three seconds due to a union rule. An unpopular superior being throttled is a source of mirth, rather than fear.

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