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The Orville S01E02

I think this episode struck a great balance between being a parody of Star Trek while at the same time being its own episode with its own story.

The parody aspect of the show is what allows us to overlook the fact that everyone in the Galaxy speaks English. The Orville is making fun of other science fiction shows that have that absurdity.

I already like Isaac, the robot science officer, a lot better than I ever liked Data. A robot who thinks he’s superior to humans is just a lot more fun to watch than a robot with a big inferiority complex about being a robot.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. Great thoughts! (Title should say season ONE)

    Elazar Abrahams

    September 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm

  2. Good to hear. I thought the first episode was better than Voyager and the crew was likable enough (I didn’t care for the black doctor but not sure we are supposed to like her) but the plot was just a little flat. I think the key is to come up with episodes every bit as compelling as TNG or DS9 but just throw a little parody in.

    I was also somewhat perplexed by your obsession with Adrianne Palicki, who I’d argue is mediocre at best at the expense of Halston Sage, who just this year broke in to my Hollywood’s Hottest Jewess Top 10 List. If anybody needs a skin tight space suit, it is Halston:


    September 18, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    • Ten? How did you even get to ten?


      September 19, 2017 at 12:35 am

  3. I wonder if the name Isaac is an homage to Isaac from The Love Boat. Seth has already made a similar reference in Family Guy.


    September 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    • You know, you are right, it MUST be homage to Isaac from the Love Boat.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      • Isaac from the Love Boat is exactly what I thought of at first, but really, that should be the name of the alien bartender in their pseudo 10 Forward.

        Mike Street Station

        September 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

  4. I’m still not impressed. There definitely was more Star Trek in this episode, but still. I think I can pin down the problems with this show:

    1. Why is the captain an idiot? In no Star Trek series was the captain the most foolish character, so what’s going on here? That’s a real turn off.

    2. This show is simply not funny. I had one LMAO moment from the pilot, but I didn’t laugh once in this episode. It’s trying to be a comedy-drama, but it needs to do the comedy part well.

    3. Pointless character: he may find his place later, but so far the character of Bortus seems unnecessary. He doesn’t seem to play an integral role, nor is his schtick funny.


    September 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    • The inspiration for Seth MacFarlane’s character is probably the wisecracking Colonel Jack O’Neill from Stargate SG-1. But let’s remember that even Picard did a lot of stupid stuff as Captain, and Janeway was completely incompetent.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 19, 2017 at 9:22 am

      • Mercer is an idiot relative to his crew, which was not the case for any Star Trek captain. That part just doesn’t work.


        September 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

      • In episode 2, he spends most of the episode held captive by aliens, so we don’t see whether or not he’s actually a competent captain. Give the show time. So far, it’s no worse than TNG or Voyager.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

  5. I’ll add it’s not doing the parody part well, either. HBO’s Veep is a parody of the political process and Hillary Clinton, and while it’s not LOL funny, it’s still very entertaining with its humor. The Orville is not, yet.


    September 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

  6. This was apparently their ‘The Menagerie’ episode.

    So far I still like it but one assumes that the balance between comedy and SF adventure is not going to tip in the same direction each episode. This was more leaning towards the adventure direction with the subplot about leadership.

    Mike Street Station

    September 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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