The Orville is the sci-fi comedy show you didn’t know you needed – stream season 1 on Showmax here.
Comedy genius Seth MacFarlane (the guy behind Family Guy, American Dad and other animated hits) has taken the sci-fi shows of his youth and combined them into somewhat of a Star Trek rip-off. And he’s not just the creator, he plays Captain Ed Mercer onboard the exploratory ship Orville.
From the first scene, the writing is fab because it pokes fun at so many genres and social conventions – it’s snappy and witty. The casting of newcomers like Halston Sage as super-strong Alara and established actors like Adrianne Palicki as Ed’s ex-wife first officer works. The CGI feels both intricate and well done but also tongue-in-cheek. And the missions, while comical, have a lesson to teach.
Even if you’re not a Trekkie or fan of The Force from Star Wars and even if you don’t usually space shows, The Orville will change your mind, writes Tim Surette from tvguide.com: “The Orville was never going to win over critics because it’s a throwback and goes against everything modern television is. It’s not that The Orville doesn’t know what it wants it to be, as critics assume, it’s that it wants to be a little bit of everything. And that works.”
Some 400 years in the future, Ed Mercer, an officer on an exploratory ship from Earth, catches his wife in bed with an alien. Things start looking up for him when he gets his own ship to command, until he meets his first officer.