TV Pilot Review: The Orville Is Basically Just Straightforward, Old School Star Trek With More Jokes

This was basically my thoughts about the show, too. I liked it, and will watch it again, but it does need to develop its own voice. Right now, its not dramatic enough to be taken seriously, or funny enough to be a comedy and it needs to commit to one or the other.

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Turns out, we’ve been focusing on the wrong thing this entire time.

See, ever since The Orville trailer debuted at Comic-Con the discussion about this not-quite-Star Trek, not-quite Galaxy Quest series has centered on its star and creator Seth MacFarlane. That’s understandable. Thanks to Family Guy, Ted and his general celebrity, MacFarlane inevitably pulls focus and seems to instantly divide fans into those who are willing to indulge his brand of comedy and those who loathe him and regard his comedy as hackneyed and offensive. So what if he comesto The Orville honestly, a lifelong Trekkie who regularly casts Next Generation actors in his projects and even once cameoed on Enterprise. You see him, and you have an instant opinion as well as temptation to crack a joke about how many lazy cutaway gags The Orville will probably have ala Family Guy.

But while The…

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