TL;DR – In many respects, this is the most Star Trek-like episode
I have seen so far, but in that it feels just okay and that it is missing
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
This is a great time for Sci-fi for tonight I get a new episode of The Orville and Star Trek Discovery. All of this is made all the more interesting because tonight’s Orville feels more like an episode
of Star Trek than any so far this
season. This gives some characters the chance to shine, but it also feels a bit odd.
So to set the scene, the USS Orville
is once again being rerouted to a Starbase to help out rather than exploring,
something that is starting to get on everyone’s nerves. But for Ed (Seth
MacFarlane) it is all fine because he is using his love smile with Lt. Tyler (Michaela
McManus) and Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) can see it. Well, after much thought they
decide that it is time to make it public, always a big deal on a ship of this
size, and celebrate this by taking some shore leave. Time to get away, see the
sights, get harried by some Krill fighters, wait get harried by some Krill
fighters. Soon both Tyler and Ed are captured and Ed has to make a choice, will
he sit back and watch the love of his life get tortured, or will he give up
everything he believes in and hand over his command codes. Now from here on in,
we will be looking at the episode as a whole, and as such there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This first episode was
all about us getting back into the groove with The Orville and its juxtaposition
of absurdity and sincerity, but not all of it works.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I finally got the chance to see Season One of The Orville early this year when it finally got a release down under, and I was struck by how funny and also how many serious issues it tackled. It was not just a Star Trek parody with the first officer and captain being exs, okay it is totally that, but it is also a beautiful sincere look at the work, with some fantastic characters and alien races. Now that Season Two is about to start, I am really interested to see how the show evolves going forward, and can it keep this interesting juxtaposition going.
TL;DR – While at first look this might have been just a Star Trek homage or at worst a blatant rip-off. Instead, it finds its feet and becomes a charming exploration of the future and the mess and opportunities that could come.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
I have been wanting to catch The Orville for quite a while but there was no streaming or TV that picked it up here in Australia, so I was expecting this was something that I might only get to see when it dropped on Blu-Ray. But with SBS announcing they had picked it up and would be showing Season Two I jumped on a watched the whole first season in one night, which meant that clown appeared at a very confronting time late at night. But binged the first season I have, and now it is time to jump in and see if it was worth the wait. Now before we dive in, a quick reminder that as we will be looking at the season as a whole, there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.