The Orville Review: Seth MacFarlane Star Trek Rip-Off Morally Bankrupt | IndieWire
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From the second link:1) The Orville is Star Trek fanfiction that will not (or cannot?) acknowledge that it is Star Trek fanfiction
2) The Orville is neither comedy nor drama
3) The Orville is an hour-long show for no real reason
4) The Orvilles earnest attempts at social relevancy clash with MacFarlanes typically glib style
Bonus round: The Orvilles existence is the least confusing thing about it
So it's not even a very good ripoff of Star Trek. Not like Babylon 5.The best way to describe The Orville is What would happen if a guy who spent years writing animated dick jokes for television got the opportunity to make his own Star Trek? Oh, and what if his parent network gave him millions to make that happen? It is a show that will be baffling for people who have never seen an episode of Star Trek. And for fans of the franchise, who know intimately how a Trek series feels, it will be downright disturbing.
The Orville chronicles the adventures of Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) and the loyal crew of the U.S.S. Orville (seriously, it uses the prefix U.S.S.) as they soar through space on some unexplained exploratory mission in the far distant future. There are humans, and there are good aliens, some of whom are crew members, and there are bad aliens, who get fought in space battles. Theres also Ed feuding with his ex-wife Kelly (Adrianne Palicki), who now serves as his commanding officer despite the fact that thats probably a terrible idea. But otherwise, its a simple show about decent people traveling through space and occasionally saying funny things.