No, "Homeboys in Outer Space" is not about African Americans at the recent Republican National Convention.
Instead, it may be the single UFO in a new television season of blurry look-alikes, a medium-sized hoot of a comedy series that plays like an extended sketch from Fox's late, unevenly great "In Living Color."
Created by Ehrich Van Lowe, UPN's "Homeboys" has about the same level of consistency as "Color," some of its self-mocking humor crashing like meteorites, some of it zooming. A hybrid of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" sendups with an ethnic twist, the very absurdity of "Homeboys" offers the prospect of supremely rewarding nonsense.
The setting is the 23rd century, where ever-bungling soldiers of fortune Tyberius Walker (Flex) and Morris Clay (Darryl M. Bell) crisscross the galaxy in a rickety spacecraft they call the Hoopty. Also on board--and providing the show's funnier moments--is their computer, Loquatia (Rhona L. Bennett), a sassy, ain't-taking-no-guff, trash-talking head who lectures them from a TV monitor.