Aaaah, The Orville, Seth McFarlane's hommage slash parody on Star Trek and perhaps a series that never had such differentiating ratings on Rotten Tomatoes in the past years.
Critics gave it 21%... viewers 93%, that`s a big difference!
And I actually understand it. Noshi, who doesn`t like Star Trek, was totally enjoying this show and the fact it`s a mixture between comedy and some seriousness and adventure. And that is indeed a true statement, as it are in essence not only episodes that look as if they could be from the 90s Trek with the special effects, costumes and sorts of stories. It also has a decent humor twist (Isaac is superb for example) wihtout devolving into a slapstick buts-tits jokes show.
The setting of a captain who finally gets his ship to set out and explore, only to be saddled up with his cheated on him ex-wife makes for a special dynamic, and while the series quickly gets over the difference, it keeps bringing it up from time to time without it becoming a guiding red line in the series (think Voyager / Maquis). This causes funny episodes, but not overarch and hinder the series.
Add in a whole plethora of famous "genre actors" (heck, even a DS9 regular is on the core crew) and even Charlize Theron, and you get some nice interactions on the screen.
While originally scheduled for a 13 episode run, season 1 ended after 12 as Fox`s christmas period schedule would have created a long gap between the last episode and the one before from past week. As a result the 13th will be the opening episode of the already confirmed season 2... so more Star Trek-esque humour is on the way.
And yes, I liked it as well, for just that reason as many other viewers. It`s ties to 90s Trek are strong enough to play on the nostalgia feeling, while the Galaxy Quest sort of storytelling.
It was fun, period.
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