Showing posts with label orville. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

TV series The Orville

The series The Orville is an American TV show created by Seth MacFarlane and premiered on September 10th 2017 on the Fox network in the United States and simultaneously on the Citytv2 network in Canada.

It's a science-fiction drama set in a future, where Earth is part of a larger community of civilizations that coexist in the universe in a peaceful way. The story takes place around a medium-class space ship called Orville and its crew.


In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union with an extended civilization, advanced and above all peaceful and comprises a fleet of approximately 3000 vessels. Among them the Orville, a modern spacecraft led by Captain Ed Mercer (portrait by Seth MacFarlane, the producer of the show), determined to prove his worthiness and to write a new chapter in his life, backed by an eccentric crew.


Main actors

  • Seth MacFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer
  • Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson
  • Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn
  • Scott Grimes as Lieutenant Gordon Malloy. Scott Grimes was acknowledged in the movie Critters, when he was at the age of fifteen.


The first season is considered by fans to be lighthearted, with the focus on jokes similar to these found in Family Guy, which is also produced by Seth MacFarlane. Season two started much darker and had fewer jokes but more blood and killings. Later episodes of season two followed what season one was like.

Crossover between Family Guy and The Orville

Some episodes of Family Guy mentioned The Orville. Many fans of both shows expect that at some point in the near future a crossover between Family Guy and The Orville should take place.

Star Trek references

Some actors from the Star Trek franchise took part in The Orville. Jonathan Frakes and Robert Duncan McNeill already directed episodes of The Orville. While actors like Roberto Picardo (the EMH of Voyager) or John Billingsley, portraying Dr. Phlox in Enterprise or Tim Russ (playing a Vulcan officer onboard the USS Voyager) already had a role in The Orville. Apparently Seth MacFarlane likes to have actors from the Star Trek universe in his show.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Orville - Mad Idolatry - Recap

In this season finale Kelly accidentally makes contact to an underdeveloped society, what Ed calls "cultural contamination". In the Star Trek Enterprise episode Civilization Captain Jonathan Archer coined this term too. This is clearly a nod to The Prime Directive of Star Trek. Kelly ends up being worshipped as God, after she healed a young child with a skin regenerator.

The idea taken that time on a different planet passes faster then normal is likely taken from Star Trek. In both series an immortal observer is sent to witness some hundreds of years in development, then returns. In The Orville it was Isaac, in the Star Trek Voyager episode "Blink Of An Eye" it was the holographic Doctor. Not to steal the idea completely it is explained that the planet goes into another universe, where time progresses 700 years, while in our universe only 21 days have passed, called a "multi phasic orbit".

So when the planet reappears after 21 days they realize 700 years have passed. And that everybody worships Kelly. She tries to make it right proving that she is no God. It became apparent that it failed after they scan the planet again after 21 days, which has evolved another 700 years, comparable with our time now.

The episode starts with Ed being bored and trying to socialize with different members of the senior staff, going to get a drink. But all are busy, or play games with items where suddenly blades come out, and drinks, which seem to have been predigested. So he winds up with Kelly, hoping that her cheating was due to the pheromones of the alien male. At the end Kelly has doubts if a new relationship would be a good idea. Jeopardizing everything.

I found it a bold move by Seth MacFarlane to show religion in a bad light. Future people even call it "growing pains" and apparently got rid of it.

Interestingly there was no cliffhanger for the upcoming season. I am so used that today pretty much every show's season finale ends with a cliffhanger.