Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Orville feels awkward and silly, but I think that it is suppose to feel that way as part of being a Star Trek parody. It doesn't know if it wants to be a serious science fiction or a comedy, and it doesn't excel at being either. The characters are somewhat interesting, but except for the captain, they are not particularly likeable, which is not a good sign. Despite these things, the pilot was good enough and barely funny enough to hold my attention. That puts it on thin ice because it doesn't have a lot to hang its hat on going forward.
Seth MacFarlane as the captain is inherently likeable, which is a good thing, because that is the only thing that makes the show watchable.
Everything about this imitates Star Trek so much that I am surprised that they aren't getting sued. Maybe nobody expects it to last.
Also see FOX’s “Orville” Is A Hit Despite The Reviews.