After failing their training to be shipped off across the galaxy, the Lazer Team is broken up, and all struggling to make ends meet. All except for Woody (Gavin Free), who stayed with the U.S. Government to develop a technology to travel through space via a rift, or wormhole. When Woody ends up getting lost in space, fellow scientist Maggie (Nichole Bloom) must convince the rest of the Lazer Team (Colton Dunn, Burnie Burns & Michael Jones) to put aside their differences and save Woody from the unknown. Upon arriving in unfamiliar territory, Lazer Team discovers that finding Woody is only part of their problem, as the evil alien race from the first film is seeking revenge on Earth, and the Lazer Team themselves.
When the bigger, louder and more outlandish moments hit, they hit hard, and the theater would erupt in laughter. They hit often, too. I was laughing fairly consistently. The film even brings to life one of the funniest moments in Rooster Teeth's history in a way that was shocking (as in I couldn't believe they actually did it) and satisfying for long time fans. In a film whose tagline is "deep space is about to get probed", it would be expected to see some sophomoric humor, and like the first film, it's mostly funny, but in a extended scene where the Lazer Team is trapped in the waste section of an alien toilet went too far into gross-out territory. I didn't find that scene funny and it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Lazer Team 2 is gung-ho on expanding the sci-fi universe merely teased in the finale of the first film and it works. Action takes a back seat to world building here. We learn a lot more about the Antarian's race and their intergalactic tournament that the Lazer Team put an end to in the first film. It was nice seeing them back, even though they are covered up in cloaks the whole film, because having CGI aliens running around probably wasn't in the film's budget. The one big action scene between the team and the Antarians is a great, exciting and hilarious scene, but it was so fun that I was left wishing the film had more action. Not just that scene, but I thought the whole third act was quite brilliant. It was the fun, inventive storytelling and execution I expect with Rooster Teeth. I was smiling like an idiot up until the credits rolled.
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