Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Orville

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.

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