# Thoughts on "The Orville"?

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#### gpoehlein

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Watched the premier of "The Orville" last night and I wondered what others thought of it. The best categorization I have seen came from a friend of mine: it feels like Star Trek with a lot more male sex organ jokes (my substitution of an euphemism given TRF's language filter! )

#### prfesser

Moderately amusing. I'll probably watch it again...but am not sure it will capture me.

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#### Zeus-cat

##### Well-Known Member
I skipped it because Seth McFarlane made it and I assumed it would be juvenile. Sounds like I made the right call.

#### T-Rex

##### Ordinary Average Guy
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Have it set to record tomorrow night. I completely forgot about it. Yes it looks juvenile, but I could use a little humor in my life.

#### ttabbal

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I thought it felt like a mix of Trek and Galaxy Quest with a sprinkle of American Pie. Thankfully, the later wasn't too prevalent. I don't mind a little of that, but a little goes a long way. Most of that is in the first few minutes of the episode. Overall, entertaining, particularly for a pilot. I'll likely keep watching for now. It's too soon to tell if it will become a show I look forward to. It will be particularly interesting to have it on alongside the new Trek in a couple weeks.

Of course, don't get too attached. It's on FOX. I still haven't forgiven them for Firefly.

#### Sooner Boomer

##### Well-Known Member
Was it the next remake of Star Trek? No. But it was pretty funny.
Unfortunately, it's on Fox, on Sunday, during football season.
Buh bye. (won't make it past 5 or 6 episodes)

#### ColumbiaNX01

##### Red blooded white American male
I watched it. I enjoyed. I will watch it before I watch the dreaded star trek discovery. This new trek has gone where no man has gone before far far left. At least with orville its a comedy.

#### hornet driver

##### Well-Known Member
Right now I can take it or leave it. Seems like series version of Galaxy Quest to me. The film techniques and music score bothered me to no end. I couldn't figure out where I'd seen it and heard it before. Then it dawned on me--Seaquest DSV!

#### Winston

##### Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Seems like series version of Galaxy Quest to me.
Exactly what I thought, too. For me, worth watching for a while to see if it remains so. Not "commercial worthy" (i.e., would still watch even if I couldn't skip commercials), but I'm stumped about what I think is anymore.

#### georgegassaway

Rate it about 5 out of 10.

Will watch some more.

I did like the "tree" idea....

MacFarlane said they are trying for a Guardians of the Galaxy type of style, not serious like Trek or Star Wars (usually), but not just a big joke. Galaxy Quest delivered on that kind of style. MacFarlane...... sometimes goes too far with repeated lame gigs (giggity).

#### crossfire

I will watch it again. Its got to be better than the 60 Minutes Show last night. Charlie Rose would ask a question and before Banon would get an answer he would ask 3 more. Its seems to be very poor way to do an interview. He was just trying to trip Banon up. No more Charlie Rose for me.

#### bill_s

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I liked it. Looks great! No deep message like original Treks, but it's 2017 and they didn't have to make at least 5 really stupid mistakes to put them in the extremely unlikely situation the deep message applies to either. The humor maybe makes it seem more lightweight, if so it's just drawing attention to how lightweight sci-fi often is anyway. Really funny scene near the end and an ingenious, properly science fiction way to win at the end.

#### billdz

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I enjoyed it and have set a season pass.

#### mpitfield

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Man tough crowd! Looks like light Sci-fi entertainment to me, signed up.

#### jd2cylman

##### Still not Carl... ;-)
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OK, don't give too much away yet... I gotta keep myself in suspenders so I can watch this after my township meeting when I get home tomorrow...
It's in my Tivo so far. The only new show besides Dr Who...

#### swatkat

##### Down these mean skies, a kat must fly!
I actually liked it. Noticed one of the producers is Brannon Braga from Enterprise, etc. And I agree with the statement above. I'll watch this series WAY before Discovery. Far too much agenda in that series.

#### qquake2k

##### Captain Low-N-Slow
I liked it. I was impressed with the special effects.

#### Swissyhawk

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I liked Hyperdrive better.

#### markkoelsch

##### Well-Known Member
Here is my take.

I thought it was ok. Looked pretty good. Felt the pacing of the dialog was generally a bit slow- especially so when a comedic line was dropped-almost like a space was left for folks to laugh.

I will watch it, but I have a hunch it will not survive very long.

I have far more interest in this than Trek Discovery. That thing sounds like a disaster. I will watch the first over the air free episode, but I am not paying for it.

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#### dixontj93060

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Well, if you have no real storyline, questionable acting and marginal comedy you can always make it up by casting a tall, hot actress...

#### Zeus-cat

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...I have far more interest in this than Trek Discovery. That thing sounds like a disaster. I will watch the first over the air free episode, but I am not paying for it.

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I am not paying $5 a month, or$60 a year to watch one TV show. I know you get full access to CBS stuff, but this would probably be the only show I watch on all access. Therefore, I really hope the CBS all access idea fizzles.

#### billdz

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Was that Babu Batt from Seinfeld playing the head of the science station?

#### Nytrunner

##### Pop lugs, not drugs
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I dislike parody shows, so I probably won't go out of my way to watch it.

As for Discovery, I'll probably see it just because it's Star Trek. Not like this is the first time its done something controversial. Interracial kiss in the original series? Fair number of people were upset at that. Gender-switching Trill in Next-Generation? Raised some eyebrows too. Black Commander/Captain for DS9? Not exactly controversial, but not expected at the time either.

#### rstaff3

##### Oddroc-eteer
I watched episode 1 and rate it a firm 'meh'.

#### ttabbal

##### Well-Known Member
Regarding Discovery.... I've only seen a couple previews for it, and they looked pretty typical for Trek. What's got people so upset about it?

#### davel

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Was it the next remake of Star Trek? No. But it was pretty funny.
Unfortunately, it's on Fox, on Sunday, during football season.
Buh bye. (won't make it past 5 or 6 episodes)
The first two episodes are on Sunday, then it moves to Thursdays

#### Rockiteer

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Sorry, but it was Star Trek lite done by a bunch of Hollywood elites. I am sure that Gene is spinning in his grave. Fox really dropped a big steaming pile here. Funny, Fox had a really good Syi-Fi comedy with Matt and David's "Futurama" but they CANCELED it in 2013 just when it was getting interesting. Hello Fox! You had something with "Futurama" and you blew it. Please bring back Fry, Leela, the Professor and the rest of the Planet Express crew. There is still a lot of adventures to be explores. Hell... South Park is going on season 21 and they haven't run out of steam YET!

#### terryg

##### Well-Known Member
I tried and failed to watch it. Bleh.

I hold no hope for Discovery. I really hate the new Klingons dressed like a spiderman character.

#### muddymooose

##### Hoopy Frood
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I thought the ad for The Orville was somewhat interesting, but when it came down to actually watching it I didn't bother. I'm a fan of Star Trek, odd humor, and (at times) Seth MacFarlane, but it just didn't catch enough of my attention. Since the reviews are pretty "meh" I probably won't bother catching up.