TV Review: The Orville
Updated: May 27, 2019
Seth MacFarlane returns with another attempt to leave the animated world and become an established actor. This time he attempts to parody the Sci Fi juggernaut, Star Trek. But did he pull it off this time?
“Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer finally gets his chance to command his own ship. Determined to prove his worth and start a new chapter, Ed discovers the first wrinkle in his plan when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson. As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified -- but eccentric -- crew, including his best friend, Gordon, who has problems with authority but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn; Bortus, an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac, an artificial life-form from a machine society; navigator John Lamarr; Alara Kitan, a young, inexperienced security officer; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature.”
Anything and everything Seth MacFarlane does it a parody. We have grown to accept that. Whether if it is Star Wars themed trilogy for Family Guy, A million ways to die in the west, or even repeating the same joke over and over again on American Dad, it was time for a new angle. Let’s be honest here. Seth MacFarlane is an amazing voice actor, great writer, great singer, and hell great dancer from what I have been told. But as the old saying goes, he has the face for radio. I have been a fan of Family Guy since its inception close to 15 years ago and never once pondered on who he was. It wasn’t until I saw the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasslehoff is where I finally Seth for the first time.
But that’s Hollywood. He attempted to branch out in that horrible film western film is where I was hoping he would just stay in voice acting. The man is talented there is no bones about that and is very creative. Some people are just better off in certain projects than others. So when I heard he was making another attempt at live action acting and it was a tv show, you can guess I was very skeptical. But, it has been awhile since there has been a good Sci Fi space show, let alone a parody of one. But I gave it a download anyways.
First thing I will mention, Seth did something he couldn’t do before. He separated himself from his Family guy characters. Which is a huge plus. In Ted, he was essentially Peter Griffin as a teddybear. As much as I enjoyed those films, he didn’t break away from his safety net of Family Guy. He felt like a completely new character that we haven’t seen before. Plus, he was letting the supporting cast carry the humor. Which is a huge plus for the show. Who wants to watch a live action Family Guy in space show? He has tons of content from so many different sci fi shows, being creative wouldn’t be the issue of the show. Keeping his characters and comedy fresh and away from the typical “family guy” humor.
I was literally busting a gut while watching the show and I really hope this really takes off. Seth, you have my seal of approval.