The Orville is so close

I’ve been watching The Orville since it launched, and I’ve been mostly loving it.


I’ve never been a Seth Macfarlane fan, like ever. I wasn’t sure I’d like the Orville entirely because I was afraid it’d be ‘Family Guy’ with all its over the top idiot humor, but in space.

Sometimes it is, sometimes it’s incredible Sci-Fi. When it’s not ‘Family Guy in Space’, it’s the Star Trek I was hoping for in Discovery (That’s another post). That’s the shows biggest problem; It’ll go from an episode with a great story and a moral to an episode with no value and terrible, raunchy slapstick, that takes two steps back.

Case in point, green slime guy, who seems to exist for no other purpose than to say disgusting things like “You’re not looking for my G-spot.” I’m by no means a prude, but really? Every episode he’s in, he’s the weak link. I don’t know if it’s just a clever trick to get around humans having to say that stuff or what. Add in the constant “Something something dick, or bitch.” I get it’s a dramedy, but come on.

The episode “Into the Fold” was pretty good. It had a nice story and interesting character development. Then it was followed by “Cupid’s Dagger” which was horrible. One step forward, two back.

I’m happy the show has gotten a second season, especially so it can maybe find it’s footing and equilibrium. God knows the show hasn’t gotten there in these first nine episodes.


Add to that production values are really impressive, and no lens flare!!


Fingers crossed, because we need good optimistic (and fun) science fiction.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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