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The Orville Season Finale Review: Mad Idolatry

Contrary to many expectations and some predictions, it has been an enormously successful inaugural season for Seth MacFarlane's love letter to sci-fispace shows. With a truly inspired little maneuver, The Orville Season 1 Episode 12 caps this bait-and-switch season wherein, rather than churning out the expected Trek spoof, it delivered an homage to the spirit of humanity surviving in alien frontiers in all its messy glory.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/12/the-orville-season-finale-review-mad-idolatry/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 11 Review: New Dimensions

For a basically episodic series, The Orville Season 1 Episode 11 presents some substantial character development. With LaMarr's promotion to Chief Engineer and the truth coming out about Grayson's involvement in Mercer getting the captain's chair, there's really no possible return to the status quo after this. The neat thing about this episode was how unexpectedly important it turns out to be. The standard norm is firmly in place at Chief Newton's going-away party where Mercer and Grayson were socializing easily and LaMarr and Malloy are up to their usual shenanigans.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/12/the-orville-season-1-episode-11-review-new-dimensions/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 10 Review: Firestorm

I kind of feel like it would've been nice to air this one closer to Halloween with its horror-movie elements but kudos to The Orville Season 1 Episode 10 for successfully creating a truly creepy ambiance with this "haunted house in space" concept.   An AlaraKitan-centeredpiece, it is a powerful contrast to The Orville Season 1 Episode 8 which explored Dr. Finn's character. Both scripts spotlight the survival skills of a core female protagonist but where Dr. Finn was driven by maternal instinct, Kitanis pushed by her own self-doubt and insecurity.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/11/the-orville-season-1-episode-10-review-firestorm/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 9 Review: Cupid's Dagger

Rob Freakin' Lowe. On The Orville Season 1 Episode 9 , we discover that the reason Mercer and Grayson's marriage broke down is that she slept with Rob Freakin' Lowe. And when the surprise wears off, we're like,"Oh yeah, of course she did," because it's Rob Freakin' Lowe.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/11/the-orville-season-1-episode-9-review-cupids-dagger/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Into the Fold

Hot on the heels of news of their Season 2 renewal, The Orville Season 1 Episode 8 serves up a riveting and emotionally wrought tale of survival. Not only that, but we get a huge helping of backstory for our good doctor at the same time. It's an ambitious objective to present two major conflicts simultaneously in the same adventure. To reference my Grade 9 English class, we get both a "man vs. man" (although here it's "woman vs. moon-dwelling captor") as well as the "man vs. environment" (or artificial life form & kids vs. environment) classic battles. After their shuttle is flung across the universe by a spatial fold (the literal "fold" referenced in the title) and then ripped apart before crashing onto a moon, Dr. Finn has to fight her way out of a captive situation on her own, fueled by the desperate need to find her sons.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/11/the-orville-season-1-episode-8-review-into-the-fold/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Majority Rule

In The Orville Season 1 Episode 7 , the show really hits its sweet spot with an adventure on an Earth-like alien planet. What starts out as a reconnaissanceand possible rescue turns dire when LaMarr'simpromptu grindy burlesque, using the statue of a culturally-revered historical figure as his own personal dance pole, goes viral.   There are a few fun little tweaks to the show's formula here. This is the first away team that isn't led by Captain Mercer. Instead, Grayson is the ranking officer and for some (plot-driven) reason, Helmsman LaMarrgets a chance to stretch his legs. In really uncomfortable skinny jeans.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/10/the-orville-season-1-episode-7-review-majority-rule/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Pria

Directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation's own X.O., Jonathan Frakes, The Orville Season 1 Episode 5 is a bit of a head-spinning muddle involving an impromptu shuttle rescue, some interpersonal sparks, time travel, and a humorous amputation. Interestingly enough, they decide to introduce the B-storyline first, opening on an episode of Seinfeld being watched by the bridge crew and dissected by Isaac. It's an odd leap from the general concept of human humor to the specific category of practical jokes but Malloy goes there and Isaac, as always, seems open to the experience.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/10/the-orville-season-1-episode-5-review-pria/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 4 Review: If the Stars Should Appear

One could be forgiven for feeling a little trepidatious about how The Orville was going to stand up now that the new and true Trek, Star Trek: Discovery , had made its premiere. Happily, The Orville Season 1 Episode 4 stays its course as the lighter, funnier spaceship. Sort of Dumbledore to Discovery's Gandalf, if you will. And the pop culture reference points just pile up from there. Thank you, Mr. MacFarlane. Never forgetting that the Orville carries crew's families with it and all the domestic issues that come packaged with that responsibility, the episode opens with new parents, Clyden and Bortus, having a pretty stereotypical squabble about Bortus' commitment to his job and Clyden'sfeeling neglected.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-4-review-if-the-stars-should-appear/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 Review: About a Girl

By now, viewers have realized that The Orville is less a Star Trek parody and more of an homage to the Roddenberry vision. And O.M.G. did The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 blow expectations out of the water with a controversial and heart-wrenching story challenging cultural traditions and beliefs. When last we saw our second officer, he had just witnessed the birth/hatching of his first offspring, a baby girl, with his partner, Klyden.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-3-review-about-a-girl/

The Orville Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Command Performance

Excitement was the key to The Orville Season 1 Episode 2 when Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson fall for a holographic trap, leaving the inexperienced Alara Kitan in command of the ship. This was a hum-dinger of a second episode. Both story and comedy hit a better stride than the premiere. The funnies were funnier and the galaxy-building more ambitious. What tickled me most was the multiple pop culture references that, understandably, went over the heads of the alien-to-Earth species. Mercer's hero worship of Kermit endeared him to me eternally.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/09/the-orville-season-1-episode-2-review-command-performance/