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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Ted Danson, Leighton Meester as well as Star Trek actors F. Murray Abraham, Ron Canada, Marina Sirtis, and Tony Todd are set to appear as guests on the second season of Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi dramedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Jan 14, 2019
    10
    +Great story
    +Impressive cast
    +Great soundtrack +Continues the 'TNG' feeling -Sometimes humour feels a bit shoehorned Am 3 episodes in
    +Great story
    +Impressive cast
    +Great soundtrack
    +Continues the 'TNG' feeling
    -Sometimes humour feels a bit shoehorned

    Am 3 episodes in and having alot of fun. Wasn't sure whether it was possible with a break some of the 'magic' found with s1 would be lost but am pleasantly surprised to find that good sci-fi storytelling is the core of the show! Highly recommend the Orville for any fan of sci-fi.
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  2. Jan 5, 2019
    10
    The first episode of Season 2 had me constantly rolling around on the floor laughing. This is Feel Good TV at its very, very best. Do yourselfThe first episode of Season 2 had me constantly rolling around on the floor laughing. This is Feel Good TV at its very, very best. Do yourself a huge favour and watch The Orville. This is the best Star Trek series around at the moment bar none. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2019
    10
    Season 1 was very good, perhaps a parody of Star Trek, but in my mind much more of an homage. I felt that I should come by after watching theSeason 1 was very good, perhaps a parody of Star Trek, but in my mind much more of an homage. I felt that I should come by after watching the first episode of Season 2, because The Orville's writers truly nailed it with the premiere. Excellent humor, a touch of nostalgia, but even more than those things they've really put in the work to focus on character development. It's rare for me to say this but I really like every single one of the characters in this cast. We retain a bit of Seth's silliness with the Ja'loja ceremony (but why not? he's an alien!) and the spying on his ex... but both were funny and not drawn out. Based on how the characters are all gelling together, I can see this show really coming into its own rather than just being a parody or an homage. It will stay both, for sure, but this can also very easily develop into a beloved and long-running sci-fi show with its own unique universe. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    9
    After finishing episode 4, i finally felt the need to write a review.
    In my opinion The Orville really manages to revive these old Startrek
    After finishing episode 4, i finally felt the need to write a review.
    In my opinion The Orville really manages to revive these old Startrek feelings. I mean, sure, its a parody, but this series has something that the "real" StarTrek lacks. Heart.
    I genuinely like each character, and really enjoy the episodic format.
    If you liked season 1, you will surely like season 2.
    It's great!
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  5. Feb 20, 2019
    6
    Season 2 had changes made to fix the tone issues of the first.

    The first two episodes show the cast as a bunch of immature children somehow
    Season 2 had changes made to fix the tone issues of the first.

    The first two episodes show the cast as a bunch of immature children somehow in charge of a giant spaceship. All equally unlikable. To be fair, I understand some of this is hold-over material from season one.

    The next couple episodes are an improvement. The immaturity of the characters is turned down. Episodes #3 and 4 feel like some of the more bland Star Trek episodes.

    Most of the way through the season, they have found their new balance. They have almost entirely jettisoned the 'spoof' aspect of the show. It's still the Bro-ship of Idiots and I can't believe they haven't gotten themselves sucked out of an airlock. For the most part though, the show could best be described as the worst Star Trek series (not counting Discovery which is even less related to the Star Trek universe than the Orville).
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  6. Jan 26, 2019
    2
    Started as a nice star-trek-parody it turned into a steaming pile of juvenile sh|t.
  7. Feb 17, 2019
    0
    Season 2 opener was abysmal. It was about basically nothing but everyone's romantic relationships. It says a lot when the highlight of episodeSeason 2 opener was abysmal. It was about basically nothing but everyone's romantic relationships. It says a lot when the highlight of episode is Jason Alexander under 15 lbs of silicone face mask essentially being the reptilian equivalent to Guinan.

    More picking the bones of Trek and doing a poor job of it. Its still the same. The sets look basic, the graphics are unimpressive. The writing while funny at times has no depth. It is simply put not a good show and Season 2 shows in a much more profound way just how bad it truly is. It wont allow itself to be its own thing. It knows without relying on Trek name and concepts it cant stand on its own.

    STD may not be the trek anyone wants but for all its worts when you take off the nostalgia goggles at least that is actually trek. The Orville still is the same thing it has always been, A TV series that amounts to one long running cutaway gag that wishes it was a fraction of what it is trying way too hard to be and failing miserably at it.

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    Episodes 2 was unmemorable and just as bad as the pilot with their continued sole focus on workplace romantic comedy.

    Episode 3 was the closest thing to a good episode this season. However it guts any good will it had with its ridiculously long and drawn out farewell to Halston Sage. Visually it was shinier reflecting the higher budget this season in spots. Having two trek alums cameo also comes as a benefit of the higher budget. However theepisode still amounts to nothing of any consequence. It was simply just people talking.

    Episode 4 The very definition of cringe worthy. Taking pot shots at Star Trek Discovery in its main plot that was so beyond telegraphed from the first episode of the season that it would have taken a blind man not to see this coming. The surprise is that they let it go so early in the season and chose not to exhibit any depth to the story by building any narrative around it. The definition of premature and the illustration of anti climactic.

    Episode 5: This is where the shows fandom goes completely off the rail. It exposes the pure hypocrisy of the fans of the show that claim that THIS is Star Trek. Those who do cite the spirit of Gene Roddenberrys vision of a crew of humans who work together peacefully and honorably to solve their difference. This episode spits in the face at that "noble" ambition by being everything it claims that it rejects.

    If episode 5 actually illustrates anything of Roddenberrys vision its the same wild west cowboy TV/Film of the 1940s - 1960s Complete with Wilhelm scream worthy head over heel falls off second story structures.

    Episode 6-7 Both can be conveniently be reduced down to being yet again more episodes about dating. There is so little sci fi to even be wrung out here. Much less it being Trek

    This show has now become an examination not of its own merits but just how hypocritical its fanbase is in continuing to defend this Seth drek.
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