Sounds like a typical episode of Family Guy... "I found bits of it amusing, but as a whole it was somehow unsatisfying. Where are my Futurama DVDs?"
I might be less critical if he wasn't in it. But then he wasn't actually in the Cosmos reboot, and somehow he ruined that. (It contained factual errors that not only weren't in the original, they are directly contradicted by Sagan's accompanying book for the original series.)
I watched the premiere episode, and I basically agree with the thrust of the critical reviews. The visuals were impressive, but the writing, characters, and acting were surprisingly thin and stiff. It reminded me of a big-screen sequel that has to rely on self-consciously epic style to mask its lack of substance.
I also strongly agree with the reviewers who claimed The Orville was more faithful to, and reminiscent of, Star Trek than this new series. Something's amiss when satire / self-conscious caricatures of a 'canon' prove more entertaining than a supposedly serious addition to it.
... I'm deeply disappointed by The Orville. Every episode is just a PC lecture with tedious dollops of sermonising. To misquote Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn: "If you want to send a message, use Western Union."
I'm deeply disappointed by The Orville. Every episode is just a PC lecture with tedious dollops of sermonising. To misquote Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn: "If you want to send a message, use Western Union."
... I'm deeply disappointed by The Orville. Every episode is just a PC lecture with tedious dollops of sermonising. To misquote Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn: "If you want to send a message, use Western Union." ...
Gave up on The Orville after one episode.
Red Dwarf and (arguably) Firefly were good examples of humorous Sci-fi.
The humour in Orville though was just moronic and the paper-thin characters unlikeable.
What a waste of an obviously sizeable budget.
I haven't seen Orville yet but comments here confirm other comments I've read about it.
It's an interesting state of affairs when the best Star Trek is not even Star Trek at all. But then Seth McFarlane is a clever guy.
By the way, let us not forget the BBC's own Star Trek spoof, Hyperdrive. This only managed two series but was worth many more series (as well as a bigger budget!). It was very funny indeed. I was sorry to see it cancelled.
I couldn't stand The Orville. Wasn't funny enough to work as a sci-fi comedy à la Red Dwarf, didn't have the likeable characters of Firefly and certainly wasn't visionary enough to work as "real" sci-fi.
The "now the biting makes sense" M&Ms gag in the first episode was about as good as it got!
Just watched episode 3 of The Orville s2, and they've gotten rid of the cutie! OK, she had alien makeup on, but she was still the most appealing character. No reason given IRL, other than Halston Sage maybe having her filming dates clash with another series. And apparently they're replacing her with another actress wearing the same makeup, sorry, of the same alien race. Bah.
Seth MacFarlane admitted several months ago that the first season of The Orville had left people with the impression it was a satire with occasional serious points. He claimed the original intention was the reverse - i.e., a serious show with bits of satire and humor.
He promised that adjustments were being made so as to make The Orville less comedic and more serious.
Meanwhile ... Scheduling nabobs at FOX truncated the series' first season with two episodes left to broadcast. These two episodes were 'bumped' into the second season.
These moves were apparent when season 2 premiered some weeks ago. The first two episodes (left over from season 1) were still heavily laden with jokes. The first new episode (season 2; episode 3) struck a notably more serious tone in presenting the back story to Alara's decision to leave the crew. Episodes 4 and 5 continue this more serious tone.
In any case, the relative proportions of drama versus comedy have noticeably switched in magnitude.