WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Season 2 of Space Force, now available on Netflix.
Amid all the political controversies and drama, one of the most endearing aspects of Space Force’s first season was how engineer Chan and Captain Angela Ali struck up an apparent romance. Their pairing was a breath of fresh air from the shenanigans involving the rest of General Naird’s team, but sadly early footage from Season 2 of the Netflix series revealed that they weren’t a serious couple.
The second season confirmed that Angela was only interested in hooking up with Chan to alleviate stress. Chan had actual romantic feelings for her and wanted to be something more than a friend with benefits, but while his intentions were cute, the way he went about pursuing her felt very toxic and uncomfortable.
Angela made it abundantly clear to Chan that she wasn’t looking for anything serious. But Chan couldn’t take no for an answer, becoming jealous and obsessive. He kept pushing — even using Space Force’s media representative Tony to pitch Angela a presentation on why he was boyfriend material. In the middle of this, Tony and Chan discovered that Angela was traumatized from Season 1’s mission on the moon that saw America and China share a station and a pod to get back home. But Chan selfishly focused on pursuing her rather than taking time out to listen to her problems and understand why she couldn’t commit to a relationship. Even when she was breaking down on TV, he was as ego-driven as Leonardo DiCaprio’s insufferable Dr. Mindy from Don’t Look Up.
Even Tony told Chan about his behavior, and if someone as superficial as Tony could see the problem, there was no reason Chan couldn’t have taken his blinders off. Even creepier, Chan also had his workers using company time to develop algorithms for wooing Angela — which led to a robotics contest where he lashed out at Angela in front of everyone airing dirty laundry. Angela understandably lost her cool, using her robot to kill his to reinforce that she needed time apart. It’s wasn’t that she didn’t love Chan; she just needed to work on herself and not have him accuse her of having feelings for someone else.
Throughout Space Force Season 2, Chan came off like a relentless stalker, which explained why Angela wanted to leave and return to flying helicopters in Hawaii. Even that didn’t make Chan understand about giving her space; he made the situation all about himself again, to the point where he also contemplated an outside job offer from SpaceX. He became about as unlikeable as Shaina on Netflix’s Love is Blind. Luckily, the Season 2 finale “The Hack” included a scene where Chan and Angela were stuck in an elevator and talked their problems out, leaving viewers hoping that he’s finally gotten a clue and their romance can possibly be rebuilt.
But with an asteroid on the way that could destroy the entire Earth, both characters have more to worry about than if they like each other. The finale also showed Angela’s promotion to Major, which will give her additional responsibilities. Chan has to stay focused working under his mentor Mallory and not waste time when so many lives are at stake. And of course, Netflix first has to renew the series for Season 3, or it could end with an unsolved mystery just like Don’t Look Up.
See how Chan obsesses over Angela in Space Force, with both seasons now streaming on Netflix.
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