Unremarkable debut, but it improves
By Fletch F. Fletch
After a hit and miss pilot that suffered from not knowing if it was a straight satire or an action dramedy, the series improves with the second installment. The show would greatly benefit by focusing less on the leads portrayed by MacFarlane and Palicki and instead make the secondary characters more of the focus as they are far more interesting. Episode two has our two chemistry deficient leads take a smaller but effective role while the rest of the crew takes center stage. It’s still clunky and a little “off” but overall there is a far better emotional investment and consistent tone than the pilot.
There is also a fine line between homage and rip-off and Orville finds itself on the less respectable side a little too often borrowing not only from Star Trek but Twilight Zone/Outer Limits as well. If the series can find its own distinctions and rely less on obvious appropriations of classic sci fi shows and pull back from the couple in favor of the rest of the crew, then it has a chance of dodging the deep bin of discarded Fox shows. It’s a good bet based on what has been shown so far that it’ll get a whole season, but probably not beyond. But it COULD survive. It’s obvious that MacFarlane’s passionate about the show but it’ll take some tweaks and adjustments to right the ship. The twist at the end of episode two was a good start.
By Fly dye
This is supposed to follow in the footsteps of 'Galaxy Quest'. In two episodes they have not sealed the deal. Clever, edgy, insightful, humorous...none of that is thus far on display.
I will not say that the people who like this are wrong, but it is clearly not for me.
By Shadow Momo
I do not know what the negative talk about this series, and I have to say that this new show has potential.
The same reviews can be said when Family Guy started, and it became one of the most beloved animated tv series of all time right next to the Simpsons, so let's give Seth MacFarlene a shot to this homage to Star Trek.
Love it for what it is! Review+Rant
I am 2 episodes in, and TBH its looking like this is going to be one of my favorite shows! Would DEFINITELY recommend giving it a chance!
That being said, I am a huge sci-fi buff, comedy buff, and Seth MacFarlane/ Adrianne Palicki fan, so perhaps my opinion is a little bias.
Too many people are dropping terrible reviews for this show thinking its supposed to be some amazing 100 million dollar per episode “star trek into darkness” sequel... That is not what this show is, nor is it what this show is trying to be. This show is intended to be a relaxed low budget comedic sci-fi with a hint of sexual frustration. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, give it a shot, and I guarantee you will love it! If you only enjoy multi million dollar sci-fi’s, then wait for the next star track movie.
Less Comedy More Homage To Star Trek
From the ads, I expected The Orville to be a new take on the Galaxy Quest concept: a comedy in a Star Trek-ish universe. Instead, The Orville is the most classically "Star Trek" content in nearly 2 decades (versus the current action focused Star Trek). Seth clearly has a place in his heart for both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I would say The Orville draws inspiration mainly from light hearted ST: TNG episodes, from the stories, to the music, to the awkward ad breaks. As others have said, the weak spot of the show is actually the comedy. But as a weekly, plot driven sci-fi show, The Orville is on point, and this is a good thing. The humor unfortunately leans towards sophomoric humor with a sprinkling of pot jokes (unsurprisingly) but the storylines thus far have been interesting; the plots could easily have been episodes of ST: TNG. I walked away feeling like I saw a different show than the critics.
Good start but not "there" yet...
This SciFi show needs to decide if it wants to be a comedy, parody, a mix of both or something more serious with a funny touch. Right now, it seems that the makers of this show haven't decided yet and are testing the feedback from viewers.
I like this show a lot but right now, I'd rather give them four instead of five stars. Since I watched the first episode only, I give them five stars in the hope that the show will find it's (funny) way.
After watching the second episode, same feeling: Doesn‘t know what kind of show it is, which is pretty annoying. Story was good but... What is it now? Comedy, SciFi drama/action or parody? It can‘t be all three because people won‘t like it.
Skip this and watch Star Trek Discovery. You'll be glad you did since there's forced humor in The Orville.
Couldn't make it through the free pilot
This show is like Star Trek, only minus every single good thing! In the first 10 minutes there were at least five moments that deserved sad clown noises and bad rimshots. I think they were supposed to be jokes but they were too lame to count. Then the loser in the lead role gives the helm to a cheap Firefly "Wash" knock-off and I knew a real rough ride was ahead. Original idea, much? I couldn't make it through the first episode I was so disappointed. I mean, space ships! New sci-fi comedy! With a decent budget! All wasted. At least the music was a fair remix of Star Trek TNG? Ugh. 4 thumbs down (I'm Altarian).
Be a kid
By Will22 R
This isn't adult fare. It is targeted to 10-13 year olds. It is kind of sweet. Like the old, 1960's Star Trek. I enjoy it because nothing offends me and I fall asleep in the middle of it.
Great show, lots of heart
The Orville is off to a great start- it's a light, easy going space romp. Great stuff- here's hoping there's at least 9 more seasons!