May 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm #13594
The Fox trailer looks interesting.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzMay 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm #13945
I think we can actually put the embedded player code in the forums now.May 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm #14647
I’m intrigued. But, then again, I was intrigued when I first saw the trailer for “A Million Ways to Die in the West”. That movie was a disappointment.May 22, 2017 at 3:31 am #17672
At first glance it looks pretty interesting, but once you think about it you get to thinking that it’ll burn itself out pretty quick. Mostly it’s a TNG parody, and they seem to be going for broad, obvious jokes rather than anything really clever and thought-provoking. I’ll watch it, but I have the feeling I’ll give up after a few episodes.
The Orville itself is an unusual ship design, there’s a bit of the Andromeda Ascendant mixed with a bit of the Protector from Galaxyquest and the Vulcan ringships from Enterprise. I give them credit for trying to go a new direction with ship design. Too bad the bridge looks pretty cardboard and uninteresting.May 23, 2017 at 8:09 am #18097
Some interesting stuff here, including mentions that the show’s directors include Jonathan Frakes, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Brannon Braga. [LINK]
MacFarlane is best known for his animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, so it’s unsurprising that the Fox trailer focused on the funnny side of The Orville. But MacFarlane sought to clarify that The Orville is not just for laughs.
Speaking to Inside Edition, MacFarlane said, “It’s not Family Guy in space.” And he was more specific with AP, saying,
“It probably has more in common with Star Trek than Futurama. It is an hour-long show so we have to tell a story…The show is being promoted leaning on the comedy – and we like the promo a lot – but I think people will be surprised that we are digging a little deeper. We are servicing the science fiction aspect as well.”
And he told Access Hollywood:
“I think it is going to surprise people that we do do our heavy lifting – or least we try to – with the actual work of writing thoughtful science fiction. It’s not really as ch Galaxy Quest as it’s being billed as. We’re digging a little deeper.”
He also seems to be specifically talking about Star Trek: The Next Generation when discussing a more optimistic tone for The Orville:
“The 90s was kind of a heyday for thoughtful sci-fi to me. Everything we were kind of fed was utopian and aspirational and now all we are getting is The Hunger Games. There is an attempt to infuse a lot of that into this show. And hopefully make it funny along the way.”
I’ll just say that I find these quotes far more interesting than the trailer.May 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm #18365
In all fairness, based upon the trailers, I’m actually looking forward to seeing The Orville more than Star Trek: Discovery. And, to be fair, Seth MacFarlane was one of the executive producers of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
But, then again, this is Fox Television we are talking about, and there are long memories of what happened to a Firefly.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzJune 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm #19728
Premieres on Thursday, September 28th.
I’ve added that and a few additional weeks of likely airdates to the forum event calendar.July 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm #19898
Seth McFarlane has revealed that Bruce Broughton (Buck Rogers season 2, 1990s Lost In Space movie) and Joel McNeely (Young Indiana Jones, Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire) will be doing the music for The Orville, and they’ll be budgeted for a full orchestra.
At least we know it’s going to sound awesome.July 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm #20670
New trailer from SDCC.September 11, 2017 at 2:30 am #21169
Saw the first episode this evening. Of course, this was after seeing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut in the theater.
Reaction: Meh. There is some potential, but right now, there is hardly any chemistry between the characters, and the writing needs to be tightened up. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either.
It will rerun this Tuesday….
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzSeptember 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm #21171
That’s what I’ve read so far, it’s an okay but generic sci-fi show that isn’t funny enough to be a comedy, and isn’t serious enough to be a good Trek-wannabee. I’m currently downloading it off iTunes, I plan on watching it tonight.
One thing I read is that they’re using a lot of miniatures instead of CG models for ships, so I’ll be on the lookout for that.September 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm #21174
So help me, I liked it. It hit me as being the working-class Star Trek that Enterprise wanted to be, but wasn’t.
And…it’s episode 1. Kinda baffled at the oodles of hate I’m seeing on Twitter especially – you guys are at least saying “well, meh”…lots of Twitter users are just bashing away at it.
We need no longer fear the banana.September 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm #21200
I finally saw it last night. I rather enjoyed it. Quite a lot, actually. It totally clicked with me. I thought the tone was perfect, and it’s exactly what I expected. I haven’t read any reviews of it and I’m not on Twitter (thankfully), so I haven’t seen anything negative, other than what I’ve been hearing second-hand. Like Earl, I totally don’t get that. I think it’s a pretty cool show, and I hope it’s around for a good while. I enjoy it when movies and TV are able to successfully strike that delicate and elusive balance of parody and pastiche.September 14, 2017 at 4:58 am #21202
From what I saw, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It’s all in the writing and characters. I see what Seth McFarlane, and it’s going to take time.
I’m not going to try and compare it with, oh say, Encounter At Farpoint. Why not? For starters, E@F was thirty years ago, and took place in a different television landscape and different entertainment environment.
September 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm #21210
Yeah, now that they’ve got the heavy chore of character and premise introduction out of the way, they can focus on stories. I was a bit underwhelmed by it, I’m hoping it gets better. And like everybody else here, I don’t get the negativity of everybody online. Other than the internet’s need to sling critisizm and put everything down as much as possible.
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