Because CBS’ new entry in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, will be located on the network’s streaming service with monthly payments, there are a lot of franchise and sci-fi fans that likely won’t be able to watch it. This fall though network television will offer an alternative.
While it’s not likely to be fully on the level of a Star Trek series for numerous reasons, Fox’s The Orville from Seth MacFarlane could scratch some of that space exploration itch. Based upon the first two trailers, the latest dropping during a San Diego Comic Con panel, the series is heavily influenced by Star Trek (MacFarlane is an admitted fan of the series and even appeared on Star Trek: Enterprise).
It seems to capture much of the somewhat campy style that the first Star Trek series had, while also mixing in a lot of humor and offering up a truly dysfunctional crew. MacFarlane’s humor though is not for everyone, which could turn some off from the series.
Seeing the full series will be the test to see how it stands up overall and how the Star Trek aspects mesh with MacFarlane’s humor.
THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.
The series tars McFarlane as the Orville’s commander Ed Mercer, Adrianne Palicki as Mercer’s first officer and ex-wife Kelly Grayson, Scott Grimes as helmsman Gordon Malloy, Penny Johnson as Doctor Claire Finn, Peter Macon as Bortus, Mark Jackson as the artificial life form Isaac, J. Lee as navigator John Lamarr, Halston Sage as security officer Alara Kitan, and Norm Macdonald as the gelatinous Yaphit.