Mad Orvillatry

It sure didn’t feel like last night’s new Orville, “Mad Idolatry”, was the season finale, probably because it wasn’t intended to be, the original finale having been moved to the beginning of next season. But on the other hand, last night’s episode did reaffirm the show’s essential concept, a vision of an optimistic…

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Flat but in a Good Way

Anyone accusing The Orville of being a two dimensional show would be partially right, at least regarding last night’s entertaining new episode, “New Dimensions”. It’s my least favourite episode so far, the fact that I liked it a lot being largely due to the strength of the series as a whole. It’s really built…

Cupid's Now Time

While The Orville is generally a mixture of drama and comedy, it showed last night that in the comedy department at least it can outdo Star Trek. The occasional comedy episode of any Star Trek series is usually pretty awkward but in a homage to the “Naked Time” and “Naked Now” episodes of Star Trek and Star Trek: TNG…

Trek of the Orville

Last night’s new Orville, “Into the Fold”, was the most Star Trek-ish episode yet—no surprise considering it was written by Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis and the episode was directed by Braga. It felt very much like an episode of Voyager where Janeway or someone else, having crash landed on a planet, has to rely…

The Good Sex Egg

There shouldn’t be any mistaking The Orville for a parody now, though I’m sure people still will. Last night’s new episode, “About a Girl”, is the third written by Seth MacFarlane, making that three more episodes written for The Orville than MacFarlane’s written for Family Guy in the past ten years. It presents the…

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