The Orville - Seth Macfarlane lead sci-fi spoof series Page 2

  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 12 Sep 2017 00:30:09 32,218 posts
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    I just watched it. I didn't find it all that funny, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. It's basically Star Trek if everyone acted unprofessionally, which I didn't know I wanted until I watched it :p I'll definitely stick with it.

    I still suspect this'll feel more like Star Trek than Discovery will, but I'll still watch both because they put spaceships in them.
  • Dirtbox 12 Sep 2017 00:31:57 91,020 posts
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    I don't find much of Seth's comedy funny at all, but I can forgive a lot in a pilot. They're never the most polished, well rounded affairs.
  • Dirtbox 12 Sep 2017 07:16:32 91,020 posts
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    A heads up for those who want to watch it quasi-legitimately, it's free on Fox Now, a US only streaming service. If you have the means to spoof a US IP, it's as solid a way of watching as any.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 07:16:44 12-09-2017
  • BigOrkWaaagh 12 Sep 2017 07:25:22 8,449 posts
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    I liked it, will definitely watch more. It wasn't quite laugh out loud funny but I really liked the whole attitude of the show.

    Was the blue alien right at the start Weyoun? I can't find anything saying it was, but then he didn't speak...

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 08:50:04 12-09-2017
  • Dirtbox 12 Sep 2017 07:55:56 91,020 posts
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    No, Jeffrey Combs is getting on a bit now. I'd like to think Seth would treat one of the most versatile veteran trek actors with a bit more respect too. Combs played something like 9 different parts in numerous treks.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 07:56:49 12-09-2017
  • Dirtbox 12 Sep 2017 07:58:07 91,020 posts
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    Unless that's the joke and he's going to play a different 5 second part in every episode.

    That would be kind of awesome.
  • thelzdking 12 Sep 2017 12:19:15 9,058 posts
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    Combs is a top actor. Great in Re-Animator as well.
  • creepiest-lizard 12 Sep 2017 12:23:21 611 posts
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    I think the only time I didn't like Combs was when he played that ferengi in DS9.
    Weyoun was brilliantly slimy though
  • thelzdking 12 Sep 2017 12:59:50 9,058 posts
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    Brunt? I loved Brunt. But Weyoun was his best role. Except for Re-Animator. Did I mention how good that film is?
  • creepiest-lizard 12 Sep 2017 13:03:22 611 posts
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    @thelzdking
    I liked the episodes brunt was in. Not so much the way he played him. Not sure why, really.
    I haven't seen Re-animator in about twenty years. I think I have it on dvd somewhere. Going to have to watch it again soon..
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 12 Sep 2017 13:07:25 32,218 posts
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    I liked Weyoun, but I much preferred Weyoun, with Weyoun in a close third.

    Though in all seriousness I really did like that time he played the Weyoun clone that was "defective" and wanted to defect to the Federation. It was cool seeing him play almost the same character, but with different motivations.
  • creepiest-lizard 12 Sep 2017 13:10:52 611 posts
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    @DFawkes
    That was a great one. Wasn't that the episode where the parallel story was about O'Brien and Nog having to get...something? That was great as well. Anything involving The Chief was brilliant
  • YenRug 20 Sep 2017 03:06:50 4,553 posts
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    DFawkes wrote:
    I just watched it. I didn't find it all that funny, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. It's basically Star Trek if everyone acted unprofessionally, which I didn't know I wanted until I watched it :p I'll definitely stick with it.
    I've now watched the first two eps, the first was definitely a little awkward in places, but this one moved along a whole lot better. I think "unprofessional Star Trek" isn't quite right, I feel "real world Star Trek" would be a better basis for describing it; watching this you realise STNG had too much of a utopian feel to it, as if 99% of the human race had undergone psychiatric counselling for the several hundred years between now and then, just a little too perfect.
  • Dirtbox 20 Sep 2017 04:59:48 91,020 posts
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    Antiseptic is the best word I've heard to describe the TNG era of Trek.

    And yeah, the second episode was a lot better.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 20 Sep 2017 07:11:15 8,449 posts
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    Second one was much better. I didn't expect it to go in the direction it has, I was expecting it to be laugh a minute, but I'm glad it's not.

    I'm sure there was a race in Trek who looked an awful lot like Bortas, but fucked if I can remember who. I do know the Bortas was Gowron's ship :)
  • CalamityJames 20 Sep 2017 08:19:03 225 posts
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    I'm enjoying it, but I'd struggle to explain why. It kinda feels like they wrote a Star Trek season, then went "right, now we've gotta put some jokes in". I'm aware I have a bit of a quality blind-spot for SF shows, so that might account for it.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 20 Sep 2017 08:45:20 32,218 posts
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    I'd be surprised if they hadn't pitched it to CBS as Star Trek, got rejected, and modified it to sell to Fox as more of a comedy.

    I was watching Star Trek Recuts last night, and saw the guy that plays the Orville helmsman in an episode of TNG. It was one-off, but he tried to get Wesley to join him on the holodeck for some skiing.
  • nickthegun 20 Sep 2017 08:49:45 76,823 posts
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    A mod probably needs to change the title of this thread. The only trailer ive seen more disingenuous than the 'galaxy quest: the series' one for this was the sweeney todd one which cut out all the singing.

    I really cant work out how it got made. Someone gave Seth MacFarlane millions of dollars to make a shitty youtube fan series of something that is perpetually repeated around the world. Its so close in structure and tone, its actually quite disarming and to the point that it feels like someone actually forced him to put a few jokes in there so paramount wouldnt sue.

    It would be a pointless waste of time even if it was good, which it isnt, its absolutely wank.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 20 Sep 2017 10:01:35 32,218 posts
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    I thought it has been quite good so far. Maybe a bit safe in the way it isn't going too far off the path Star Trek has set, but something like that is what I was hoping Orville would be :)
  • nickthegun 20 Sep 2017 10:07:59 76,823 posts
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    I just figure that if im going to watch a love letter to early 90's star trek, I may as well watch early 90s star trek.
  • DarmokJalad 20 Sep 2017 13:22:04 63,641 posts
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    I hated the second episode, utter shite
  • rafalmikolajczak 20 Sep 2017 21:28:39 1 posts
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    The Orville is FUN!
    After overly dramatized DC series (Arrow, Flash, ...) and brilliant yet very darkly Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, ...) - here comes Orville with much needed relief.
    It is nicely done, funny, with believable characters and a ton of good will and hope. Appealing cast gives this show a great start and I am looking forward for more.
    The Orville is definitely going to be on top of my watchlist this season!
  • StarchildHypocrethes 20 Sep 2017 21:30:42 32,123 posts
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    Calm down, Seth.
  • DarmokJalad 20 Sep 2017 21:46:13 63,641 posts
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    I could live with it if the script/dialogue wasn't so god awful. The humour often feels shoehorned in, it's jarring. It needs to deicde if it wants to be an ST fanfic or full on Galaxy Quest, because currently it can't do both for me.
  • mal 21 Sep 2017 03:48:26 29,326 posts
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    Keith Harris must be spinning in his little plastic urn.
  • Scimarad 21 Sep 2017 04:40:38 9,549 posts
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    I really like it, partially because it feels like such a throwback to an earlier era of TV SF. Also part of it is the fact that they come across like ordinary people in and ordinary workplace...which happens to be a starship.

    It is what it is and you either like it or you don't. I don't think it needs to be changed.
  • northernlights 21 Sep 2017 06:47:47 1,011 posts
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    Sorry to ask this but what UK channel is this on ?
  • Sharz 21 Sep 2017 08:34:13 1,884 posts
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    As far as I am aware it isn't officially in the UK.
  • challenge_hanukkah 21 Sep 2017 09:29:19 10,001 posts
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    Small blessings.
  • millerlfc 21 Sep 2017 10:46:13 593 posts
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    Fox UK channel have picked up the UK rights - no broadcast date yet but likely to be in next month or so.
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