The Orville S1-2
Comedy genius Seth MacFarlane (the guy behind Family Guy, American Dad and other animated hits) has taken the sci-fi shows of his youth and combined them into somewhat of a Star Trek rip-off. And he’s not just the creator, he plays Captain Ed Mercer onboard the exploratory ship Orville.
From the first scene, the writing is fab because it pokes fun at so many genres and social conventions – it’s snappy and witty. The casting of newcomers like Halston Sage as super-strong Alara and established actors like Adrianne Palicki as Ed’s ex-wife first officer works. The CGI feels both intricate and well done but also tongue-in-cheek. And the missions, while comical, have a lesson to teach.
Even if you’re not a Trekkie, fan of The Force from Star Wars or even like space shows, The Orville will change your mind, writes Tim Surette from tvguide.com: “The Orville was never going to win over critics because it’s a throwback and goes against everything modern television is. It’s not that The Orville doesn’t know what it wants it to be, as critics assume, it’s that it wants to be a little bit of everything. And that works.”
IMDB rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%