The Orville

So. I saw the first episode. I thought the comedy was a TAAD over the top, and kept on WISHING it was star trek…but I liked it. sad thing is, things I like usualy don’t last long, so I waited. Now that it’s on Season 3, I decided to go back to it.

My god. why did I wait? epsidoe 2 ws a VAST improvement. Without getting to political here, LT.Allara would have been written as ‘the bestest eva’ like Rey ‘skywalker’ and would be totally unlikeable. Here?

She’s written as a real person, and reacts as anyone of us would have reacted with given a serious responsability without being properly trained for it. she pukes in an office!

This character is instantly likeable, and has Saiyan like strength considering her planet has a higher gravity than normal. So, there is an explained reason for that as well, it just doesn’t happen.

The third episode. My god. Written by the likes of Kurtzman, this would have been insufferable. But, I found myself glued wondering what would happen.

Bortus and his mate are fun to watch. and even his significant other seems to have a change of heart at the end. you can see both sides of the argument, and considering the aliens society, you can almost agree with it.even if it goes against earth standards.

Perhaps my favorite scene, is how seriously Bortus took this movie :slight_smile:

Pure undeniable genius.

How is it that the most star trek we’ve ever gotten, is from a comedy series directed by seth freakin’ mcfarlane? I can’t wrap my head around it, but this is star treks true successor.

I only hope the series holds up.


I’m way behind on this… not even sure where it’s airing now. I do know they started backing away from broad comedy and more towards real sci-fi stories.

The arc about Isaac’s homeworld and people was worthy of anything Star Trek ever did.

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I absolutely loved The Orville’s first two seasons, but it’s been so long that I feel like I need to rewatch them before the 3rd season so I remember what’s going on and who’s who.

And considering I am at least a season behind in six other current shows, I dunno when I’ll get around to it.

Not to mention all of SeaQuest is streaming on Peacock and I’m like “Oooh, rewatch!!”

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I think, for all his comedic stylings, MacFarlane is a very sincere guy. His love of classic musicals and old-school Tin Pan Alley songs…it’s difficult to distance yourself “ironically” from that stuff, and impossible to do so while styling yourself after Sinatra and Garland, etc.

Update: N.B.

American Dad - written-by credits ONE episode (out of 332!)
Family Guy - written-by credits THREE episodes (out of 390!)
Orville - written-by credits FIFTEEN (out of 36!)

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Agreed that once it found its feet, The Orville often seemed more like Star Trek to me than contempoary offerings for Star Trek itself. (albeit with some cruder humor in.)


I liked the comedic aspects a lot, but there was some hefty stuff. It gave me whiplash and I just gave up.