The Orville - Seth Macfarlane lead sci-fi spoof series Page 4

  • MysteryLamb 15 Dec 2017 20:17:39 555 posts
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    I've noticed this has appeared on NowTV in the UK. Just the first episode so a weekly dribble...
  • MadCaddy13 16 Dec 2017 09:30:27 3,012 posts
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    Itís how it should be I reckon
  • HoriZon 16 Dec 2017 12:19:27 14,202 posts
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    They are not airing ep13 the last one of the season but it will be shown in S2, Wonder why?
  • Darren 5 Jan 2018 13:22:13 9,564 posts
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    Oddly, I have really like this series as a Star Trek spoof but do not find it all that funny except for the odd scene. It seems to play a bit too straight, something I wasn't really expecting. It does look good though with decent effects and sets.
  • Darren 5 Jan 2018 13:26:21 9,564 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Episode 3 is actually really good. More like this please.
    Agreed and the outcome was very surprising too, not what I was expecting at all.
  • Baihu1983 5 Jan 2018 14:17:18 10,810 posts
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    Next season will be more sci-fi and less comedy
  • Dirtbox 5 Jan 2018 14:22:09 91,020 posts
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    It doesn't need a lot of comedy, the scifi is solid, all it needs is to remember how absurd it is and be a little self deprecating from time to time. So far it's really highlighted how stuffy and pompous Trek is.
  • robthehermit 5 Jan 2018 14:57:19 7,175 posts
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    I'm quite enjoying this, even if it is quite forgettable after the credits have rolled. Going into episode 2, I really struggled to remember what the first episode had been about.

    Mrs Hermit likes it as well, and was quite impressed with the storyline for episode 3. Miss Hermit no.1 is heavily into LGBTQ rights and laws etc, and it's not often that sort of stuff makes it into the kind of programs we watch.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2018 11:36:51
    I'm behind the times here as I've just watched the first episode and...I don't know. The jokes aren't funny but there aren't too many so after 10 minutes it became less jarring. Then it became not too serious Sci Fi TV that was pretty good.

    I'll probably only get the chance to watch it if my wife is interested. I showed her the first 10 minutes but that's the shit bit. The next 10 minutes isn't that great either. This might be a difficult one to sell.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 6 May 2018 11:43:46 32,217 posts
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    I know the trailers sold it as a comedy but it's basically a new season of Star Trek The Next Generation. Some of the themes and stories get pretty heavy and really make you think. Sure, the crew tend to keep it quite light and fun and do crack jokes, but even as the season goes on they really don't push the comedy all that much.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2018 12:00:39
    When I was young one of the things about TNG I didn't like was how they were all highly intelligent, great under pressure, hugely competent, etc. and I was an awkward teen struggling with his maths homework. I like the idea of them being properly flawed.

    I've also thought there's some room for programmes between serious and comedy. Real life flips between the two all the time.
  • GrandpaUlrira 6 May 2018 12:25:19 3,813 posts
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    At first I wasn't that keen given I don't enjoy Family Guy, but it settles into a groove as it goes on. It would have fit nicely on BBC2 at 6pm in the middle of the week.
  • Murbs 7 May 2018 22:55:13 24,206 posts
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    Wife and I loved it. She came in at episode 2, so now the whole series is up again on NOW TV she can catch the first one.

    Love Kelly :-)
  • Razz 6 Jan 2019 08:40:53 593 posts
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    For those who might have missed it, this show has been back for a couple of weeks already.

    New season has some obvious jabs at Discovery, can't wait to see what happens with their version of Voq/Tyler. The porn tardigrade was er...
  • BigOrkWaaagh 6 Jan 2019 09:13:20 8,445 posts
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    I had missed it, is it coming to UK TV, or has it already?

    Yes it is, Thursday on Fox!

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 09:30:56 06-01-2019
  • RyanDS 6 Jan 2019 15:41:41 12,641 posts
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    Started watching this a couple of days ago. 7 episodes in. I love every second. It may as well be called next generation season 8 focused on a new ship.

    I love 90s trek unabashedly and this is what I have been missing. Hopeful future, people who try to do the right thing even if it fails, social commentary etc. Hell about a girl is up there with measure of a man. Been avoiding as I thought it was a piss take, but it is clearly a love letter to old trek with some comedy trappings.

    Amazing stuff.
  • HoriZon 11 Jan 2019 23:37:30 14,202 posts
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    The Doctor ahaha :)
  • BigOrkWaaagh 25 Jan 2019 11:03:27 8,445 posts
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    This week's episode had guests aplenty, Phlox and The Doctor, Joe from Family Guy, and not forgetting new semi-regular Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame!
  • Jono62 25 Jan 2019 11:09:15 21,847 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh It was chock a block.

    Shame Halston Sage has left.
  • Singularity 25 Jan 2019 11:12:29 3,061 posts
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    @Jono62 Oh, that's a bummer - I really liked her.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 25 Jan 2019 11:31:26 8,445 posts
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    If she's not waving goodbye in the cargo bay next episode they'll have missed a trick.

    Last episode... whatever.

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 11:33:43 25-01-2019
  • Jono62 25 Jan 2019 11:36:53 21,847 posts
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    She's getting boned by Seth MacFarlane apparently.

    Edited by Jono62 at 11:37:29 25-01-2019
  • Zerobob 7 Feb 2019 09:18:18 2,182 posts
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    Well, after my favourite episode so far, where we say goodbye to Halston Sage as Alara in an actual well thought out character arc, with great performances and heart, I feel the show's writing has gone downhill again.

    Episode 4 had an easily guessable twist, and silly writing which meant Seth MacFarlane had to put his jacket over the head of a member of an advanced alien race that have an aversion to bright light - as if a solution to this prevelant issue had never occurred to them - which seemed clumsily shoehorned in to mirror an earlier scene.

    Then in episode 5 we see an alien civilisation reaching out into space for the first time, who look 100% human, have a civilisation that looks exactly like Earth, don't act like they're surprised to see another species in the slightest, and use flat screen monitors and a mouse + keyboard combo to interface with their computers. Oh and the plot was utterly ham-fisted and illogical. Not sure how many times I rolled my eyes in the end.

    Edited by Zerobob at 10:33:18 07-02-2019
  • arty 7 Feb 2019 09:22:03 495 posts
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    Ew spoilers, I'm only on the Alara one.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 7 Feb 2019 09:42:53 8,445 posts
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    OK I don't usually moan about spoilers but that ep hasn't been on telly yet.
  • Zerobob 7 Feb 2019 10:37:33 2,182 posts
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    Sorry chaps, I've added a spoiler tag.

    It was already mentioned in comments before mine, so presumed it wasn't an issue, and wasn't aware it hadn't aired on some channels yet, because I watched it weeks ago.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 7 Feb 2019 10:45:58 8,445 posts
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    @Zerobob That one has, the most recent one you were talking about with the earth like culture hasn't, it will be on tonight I imagine.
    Whilst reading it I was thinking to myself, you idiot they explained all this, they are actually from Earth's past - then realised I was thinking of Discovery. That's happening quite a bit to me with the respective series 2s.
  • Zerobob 7 Feb 2019 13:39:30 2,182 posts
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    @BigOrkWaaagh It would have made a hell of a lot more sense if they did the tired old concept of them being from Earth's past, and I was fully expecting that to be the explanation, but no... Just terrible writing!
  • arty 9 Feb 2019 21:31:49 495 posts
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    God I hate Billy Joel.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 9 Feb 2019 21:39:01 8,445 posts
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    The Orville went full TNG this week, struggling with a problem for an entire episode and then finding a solution and wrapping everything up in a neat little bow in the last 10 minutes.

    Still love it though.
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