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Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

So, I watched this show with a lot of hope last night. It is an obvious Star Trek/ Galaxy Quest like SciFi. I kind of liked it but was interested in what others think.


McKinstry Fezian11 Sep 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

I liked it and am looking forward to next week.

lugal hdan11 Sep 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

I enjoyed it. It's a light-hearted take on the Trek idea, but not an outright Galaxy Quest type parody.

Imagine TOS, but with bottom of the barrel characters instead of Starfleet's Finest at the helm.

The premier was not bad for a first episode, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the season.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

I thought it was amusing, and the character interactions are more on point with the real life conversation that one finds in military and para military organizations.

PzGeneral11 Sep 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

thumbs up

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

I was disappointed in the lack of humor but will continue to watch. Did anyone else notice the resemblance of the "Orville" to a toilet seat?

WarWizard11 Sep 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

I thought it had some really funny moments. I am looking forward to the 2nd episode. I was trying to figure out what the Orville ship was supposed to resemble. You might be right about Toilet Seat.

Personal logo chasseur Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

It was alright. I expected it to be funnier though. That might come as the show develops. I hope so anyways.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 4:04 p.m. PST

I'm on board with "all right". I don't know, it seemed tonally off. But I will tune in next week. I have kicked a lot of shows to the curb after the pilot, only to have them improve dramatically later. Although that's a much easier fix these days.

That being said, Coelacanth and I decided to watch the pilot of "Firefly" right after. It was not a conscious follow-up to Orville, just something we'd been meaning to do for ages. I hadn't seem it in over ten years (I bought the DVD's at the same times as a Nintendo Wii for my now-wife).

I was afraid I was waxing nostalgic with the accompanying rose-colored glasses for it. But it was awesome- much better than I even remembered. grin

Cyrus the Great11 Sep 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

I thought the production values were high, but the humor was hit or miss. What might work in an animated cartoon, can be an epic fail with live action.

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 4:46 p.m. PST

I liked it and am looking forward to next week. Second that.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 5:20 p.m. PST

I had been (guardedly) looking forward to The Orville -- at least more so than Star Trek: Discovery. The pilot was okay, but not great. It set up its premise and characters well enough, without really shining either as a drama or a comedy. In fairness, it might be a much better show a few episodes in. However, it does suffer by comparison with Firefly, whose drama was more dramatic and whose comedy was funnier. It ain't a fair comparison, but that's life in the 'Verse.


jfleisher Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 5:27 p.m. PST

I'm hoping they'll turn "Redshirts" into a series…

StarCruiser11 Sep 2017 5:51 p.m. PST

I found it interesting – and yes – not quite as funny as you might want.

You have to remember that Seth wants it to be both funny at times but, also real SciFi.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 6:25 p.m. PST

Not hard sci-fi and not a straight up comedy-- it was ok but suffered from episode 1 character background lag. I will give it a few more episodes.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 6:33 p.m. PST

Was it billed as a comedy?

Captain Gideon11 Sep 2017 7:03 p.m. PST

Did'nt see it and don't care to see it.

I don't like Seth ******* Macfarland and anything he does I'll stick with REAL Sci-Fi.

Oberlindes Sol LIC11 Sep 2017 8:30 p.m. PST

How can you not like the guy who wrote and performed the instant classic Hollywood song, "We Saw Your Boobs"?

Captain Gideon11 Sep 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

Never heard it and don't desire to hear it.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 10:48 p.m. PST

I've found Mr. McFarland's prior shtick to have grown tiresome. I for one was glad to see he put his mind (and money and influence) to a distinctly different creative outlet. If this is a passion project, then I wish him well.

stormspear12 Sep 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

reminded me of Quark, tv show from the 70's

Rob Richardson12 Sep 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

It wasn't very funny, but having said that, it wasn't really any worse than most episodes of STNG or DS9.

Dezmond13 Sep 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

I thought it was great.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

I enjoyed it, I think the series has potential.

Darkrazor Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 6:33 a.m. PST

I enjoyed it, expected it to be more a comedy from the previews but I wasn't disappointed. You cannot expect a classic episode like "Yesterdays Enterprise" or "Balance of Terror" in the first episode, or something as funny as "Something About Marry".

Legion 419 Sep 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Found it entertaining … I didn't expect Shakespeare … wink

Dezmond22 Sep 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

Thursdays episode was literally a TNG show with *marginally* more jokes. And a reasonably thought provoking one at that.

Asked more questions than it answered even.


Relevant to this board I really like the look of The Orville actual. As in the ship. It's a very elegant and streamlined design.

Sargonarhes23 Sep 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

Seems it's as good as I was hoping for.

Ottoathome24 Sep 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

As either Sci-fi or comedy it stank on ice.

The Angry Piper06 Nov 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

I liked it. I still like it. I'm looking forward to next week.

Ghostrunner13 Nov 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

I'm enjoying it.

The game my wife and I play is to see who can identify the matching TNG episode or episodes the soonest.

I don't think it will have legs, though. I'm assuming the production costs are pretty high and I'm not sure the ratings are going to keep it in the black.

chromedog31 Dec 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

Jfleisher: You may get your wish. FX has optioned Redshirts and it's supposed to be coming to screens next year.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2018 10:18 p.m. PST

Hit the TV screens here & I liked it.
Certainly better than the cheesy STTOS if not as dramatic as the best Voyager & later DS9 episodes.

It's certainly funnier than Star Wars.

Zephyr119 Feb 2019 3:49 p.m. PST

Well, into the second season, and most of the episodes so far are concerned with the characters getting laid. Starting to look like notes The Love Boat notes In Spaaaace. They should just have a ship-wide orgy & get it out of their system (or Seth's) All they are missing is Julie & Gopher (and the Captain losing his hair. And Isaac tending bar… ;-)
The new orc-like aliens have potential, though… ;-)

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