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#1 KenJennings

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 01:03 AM

Season two kicks off next week, so I just re-watched season one. If you liked Star Trek in the 90s, give it a shot. I know a lot of folks who were hesitant to try it out because it has a lot of comedy, but it's definitely not "Family Guy in Space". It's much more like Star Trek The Next Generation with a little ironic self-awareness. While it can fall into all the cliches and hammy writing that plague that kind of show; speaking a TNG die-hard, it is probably my single favorite running TV show. It's created with a lot of sincerity and honor for it's genre. I think the Orville is carrying the torch for Star Trek; and while Star Trek Discovery's second season shows promise, it let me down with its first.

I can't wait to see what they've got in store for next year. It sounds like they've got a few cast changes coming. I enjoy the Orville's ensemble and there isn't one bad character in the bunch, so I'll be disappointed if we have to lose anyone. UItimately, everyone involved has sounded positive about it, and the first season was awesome; so I expect a lot out of Seth and crew for this year.

Anyone else excited for season 2?

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 11:43 AM

Yeah, I eagerly await season two.

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 09:36 PM

Good episode to kick off the new season. Nice to see a more character driven bottle show. Interesting to see Jason Alexander stepping into the bartender role.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:23 AM

I've enjoyed the first two episodes. Same vibe as last season so far.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:24 PM

Last week's was a strange episode for sure, but at it's heart, had a good story. Uncomfortable as it got, it served the characters well and moved the ball forward.

As far as I know, this episode was a holdover from the previous season. This week should mark the real tonal debut for season two.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:57 PM

Tonight's was one of the best episodes of the series. A bittersweet, well balanced character piece.

And a Krill episode next week... Good things coming.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:45 PM

I enjoy this show. Episode 2 made me squirm a little.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:49 PM

Very good episode this week. I hope Halston Sage isn't leaving for good. I really  like her character. The character played by Patrick Warburton should be a fun replacement though.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:57 PM

Really, really loved tonight's episode. That ending was exactly what I need from TV now.

For a show to commit to its principles- for the characters to do the right thing, overwhelmingly against the odds... it's really inspiring. Where every other show on TV seems to be running toward pragmatic, glum anti-heroism (at best), the Orville is standing its ground with a message of hope and optimism.

10/10, and The Orville is back in its groove.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:07 PM

Great episode. Quickly becoming the best thing Seth MacFarlane has ever done.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:20 PM

Answer me one thing.....is the series better than the trailer?....because that was about as funny as throat cancer.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 02:11 PM

View PostFridge, on 18 January 2019 - 12:20 PM, said:

Answer me one thing.....is the series better than the trailer?....because that was about as funny as throat cancer.

Yes, if you're talking about the original trailer for the first season from last year. They portrayed it as being too funny. I guess with Seth MacFarlane being on it they wanted to make it look like Family Guy in space since he's so well known for that show. Even he didn't like the original trailers for it. There is humor on the show but it's put in the right spots. Overall, it's a very well written show with solid performances. It's much more serious than funny.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 12:44 AM

Seth loves Star Trek and it shows. There's very little comedy, and I think the comedy is only there because it's how he got the thing green lit. It's obvious he'd rather do the whole show straight. Do NOT watch this for comedy. As a comedy it sucks. As SF in the spirit of Star Trek it is excellent. Seth's not even a good actor. But his respect for Trek had made The Orville a winner.

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:11 AM

Tonight's episode had a really interesting premise, but felt a little overambitious. I didn't care for the out and out shootout toward the end, which apparently resulted in zero consequences. It all felt rushed to it's conclusion. Not a bad episode, by any means; but it was structurally one of The Orville's weaker entries.

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 02:12 PM

Ok, watched a couple of episodes of this and have to say I was pleasantly surprised

It makes it all the more puzzling why they shot that Godawful trailer which wasn't representative of the show at all.

Saying that, it's average at best, and I'll be in no hurry to watch more.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 02:42 AM

Can't see what's so good about it?  My SIL raved about it so we watched an episode right before New Year's at her house.  It is obvious they like Star Trek but it is a pale imitation and the cast is Meh for me.  Guess it might be time for a binge watch of B5.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:06 PM

Ok, that was probably the funniest episode of The Orville to date. It was silly, yet still carried weight for the development of the characters. Excellent use of the actors, and top notch writing this week. A total callback to the TNG episode "In Theory", but maybe even more well done.

And one of my favorite people was seen in it... not just heard.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:54 AM

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 12:23 AM

Great Conclusion. The Orville's "Best of Both World's" moment.

The stakes were high, everything was pretty much predictable, and everything was well executed. Nothing is lost in the predictable moments of this show. You know exactly where it's going, and when you get there, it's entirely fulfilling. It's like a perfectly balanced Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. Nothing is going to shake you to your core, but it never lets you down.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:17 AM

I love the way the Orville is remaining focused on the characters. The subplot last night with Bortus and Klyden taking up smoking had me rolling. These characters are really whole, and they're entirely relatable. Seth has done an incredible job creating such a welcoming and comfortable universe.




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