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The Orville Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Pria

Directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation's own X.O., Jonathan Frakes, The Orville Season 1 Episode 5 is a bit of a head-spinning muddle involving an impromptu shuttle rescue, some interpersonal sparks, time travel, and a humorous amputation. Interestingly enough, they decide to introduce the B-storyline first, opening on an episode of Seinfeld being watched by the bridge crew and dissected by Isaac. It's an odd leap from the general concept of human humor to the specific category of practical jokes but Malloy goes there and Isaac, as always, seems open to the experience.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/10/the-orville-season-1-episode-5-review-pria/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 4 Review: If the Stars Should Appear

One could be forgiven for feeling a little trepidatious about how The Orville was going to stand up now that the new and true Trek, Star Trek: Discovery , had made its premiere. Happily, The Orville Season 1 Episode 4 stays its course as the lighter, funnier spaceship. Sort of Dumbledore to Discovery's Gandalf, if you will. And the pop culture reference points just pile up from there. Thank you, Mr. MacFarlane. Never forgetting that the Orville carries crew's families with it and all the domestic issues that come packaged with that responsibility, the episode opens with new parents, Clyden and Bortus, having a pretty stereotypical squabble about Bortus' commitment to his job and Clyden'sfeeling neglected.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-4-review-if-the-stars-should-appear/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 Review: About a Girl

By now, viewers have realized that The Orville is less a Star Trek parody and more of an homage to the Roddenberry vision. And O.M.G. did The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 blow expectations out of the water with a controversial and heart-wrenching story challenging cultural traditions and beliefs. When last we saw our second officer, he had just witnessed the birth/hatching of his first offspring, a baby girl, with his partner, Klyden.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-3-review-about-a-girl/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Command Performance

Excitement was the key to The Orville Season 1 Episode 2 when Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson fall for a holographic trap, leaving the inexperienced Alara Kitan in command of the ship. This was a hum-dinger of a second episode. Both story and comedy hit a better stride than the premiere. The funnies were funnier and the galaxy-building more ambitious. What tickled me most was the multiple pop culture references that, understandably, went over the heads of the alien-to-Earth species. Mercer's hero worship of Kermit endeared him to me eternally.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-2-review-command-performance/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Old Wounds

Those expecting a "Galaxy-Quest-For-TV" sci-fi spoof will be sadly disappointed in The Orville Season 1 Episode 1 . This isn't Family Guy in space. It doesn't have an American Dad in sight. It's actually (dare I say it?) pretty darn smart.   There are awesome past and present examples of shows that present the lighter side to serious professions. Scrubs gave hospitals a sense of humor. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Sirens make their bones on the funny, personal side of policing.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-1-review-old-wounds/

The Orville Review: Seth MacFarlanes Fox Sci-Fi Drama Is Lost In Space

Debuting on September 10, The Orville should have a pretty decent launch with Fox setting up Seth MacFarlane 's latest offering after an NFL doubleheader. Which is good because, as I say in my video review, this purposeless piece of Star Trek fan fiction likely wont strike much gold otherwise in this galaxy or the next. Set 400 years in the very familiar future (doubly so if you are an enthusiast of the worlds of Gene Roddenberry), The Orville is nowhere near the comedy   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/09/the-orville-review-seth-macfarlane-adrianne-palicki-star-trek-fox-video-1202162848/

The Orville Review: Seth MacFarlane's Somber Sci-Fi Dud Crashes and Burns

Consider this a red alert to TV fans everywhere: Are you expecting Seth MacFarlane's new Fox series The Orville to be a fun Star Trek parody packed with wall-to-wall jokes? Two words of advice: Abandon ship. Despite what Fox's official site claims, The Orville premiering this Sunday at 8/7c is not a hilarious [] //tvline.com/2017/09/05/the-orville-review-fox-seth-macfarlane-sci-fi-outer-space/