Orville, Pilot 2017/09/10

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  1. Sep 11, 2017 #1 of 208

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

    Feb 3, 2001
    Nowhere Special
    Overall, I enjoyed it.

    A parody, played straight. Although there were a few "Chekov's Gun" with the seeds, and a few "lantern hanging" with the "did you notice the dog licking his own genitals" bits.

    I'm still not convinced Seth McFarlane can do as good a job in front of the camera as behind, nothing has convinced me yet to delete the season pass.
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  2. Sep 11, 2017 #2 of 208

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    I enjoyed it as well and thought it was well done. Unless the quality goes down hill I'm keeping my OnePass since unlike the new Star Trek, this isn't behind a paywall.
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  3. Sep 11, 2017 #3 of 208

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I liked it. Will keep watching. Not sure how pointing out the dog licking its balls would be considered "lantern hanging."
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  4. Sep 11, 2017 #4 of 208

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

    Feb 3, 2001
    Nowhere Special
    Maybe not "lantern hanging" but "pandering to the audience".

    --Carlos "I would if I could" V.
  5. Sep 11, 2017 #5 of 208

    twhiting9275 TV Buff!

    Nov 17, 2006
    It was interesting.

    McFarlanes been behind the scenes for quite a while now. I think with Fox, he’s going to have a safe place to step it up a bit. I mean, hell, they’ve kept Family Guy around for way too long now.

    As long as all the ‘good parts’ weren’t in the first episode, we will be fine.

    Definitely a parody / rip off of Star Trek, down to the ship naming conventions.
  6. Sep 11, 2017 #6 of 208

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    it was crap

    if it was supposed to be a comedy, then it failed -- it wasn't funny
    if it was supposed to be a sci-fi action, then it failed -- it was just stupid (tree growing out of a ship and destroying it, yeah right)
    if it was supposed to be a sci-fi parody, then it failed -- dog licking itself, crewman drinking on the bridge, moronic captain having to have the "time bubble" explained to him (its an anti banana weapon -- really? idiot)
    the writing was horrible -- why didn't the Krill blow up the shuttle on the ground as soon as they landed ? then the crew and the time bubble device would never have been able to leave the planet ?, but no, that would have made too much sense

    the only interesting about it was the money and time they put into scenery and models
    the shuttle landing was a really good visual worthy of a much better show
  7. Sep 11, 2017 #7 of 208

    twhiting9275 TV Buff!

    Nov 17, 2006
    ^^^ further proof that people will complain about anything just to whine and complain.

    Don’t like it? Great. Don’t watch it.

    You can’t say it wasn’t a parody. It was obviously a parody.

    Comedy? That’s debatable. It had it’s moments. It certainly wasn’t his best work, but it was amusing to say the least

    Sci-fi? By claiming this isn’t sci-fi, you knock every sci-fi show out there. Sure, you clearly didn’t like it, but if you aren’t an expert, well, you don’t get to claim crap like that.

    Now, it’s entirely possible that we’ve seen the best of the show, on which case, it’ll get dropped. However, it clearly was a bit sci-fi and a bit parody. The comedy moments were few and far between, but a parody is not entirely comedy either
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  8. Sep 11, 2017 #8 of 208

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Star Trek with immature jokes. I'll give it a couple more episodes. McFarland didn't work out his brain too much with this show's concept. Just copy the various Star Trek shows close enough to not get sued and make it a comedy. I'm surprised this show wasn't a summer replacement.
  9. Sep 11, 2017 #9 of 208
    John Gillespie

    John Gillespie Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2016
    Liked it enough to ask if the @mods can fix the typo in the thread title.
  10. Sep 11, 2017 #10 of 208

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD

    I want to like it but, wow, was it bland. Very dumbed down plot. Very cliche cast. Very mild "humor."

    The only thing great was the visuals which actually made the story stand out as being starkly simple.

    This show needs to figure out what it wants to be and quickly. It is not a comedy. It is not satire. It is not serious sci fi. It is not drama. It is not original.

    Let's see if it is pilot simpleness or if it continues to be a dumbed down version of Star Trek.
  11. Sep 11, 2017 #11 of 208
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    That was my reaction. It's not funny or insightful enough to work as satire, and it's not interesting enough to work as Star Trek. I think it needs to make up its mind what it wants to be, quickly.
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  12. Sep 11, 2017 #12 of 208

    cmontyburns Excellent.

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    It isn't like the show has been on for three years and he's in here complaining about how terrible it is every week. He watched the pilot and didn't like it. He's just as allowed to talk about that as you are to make the criticisms that you made.
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  13. Sep 11, 2017 #13 of 208

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    The show often seemed more of an homage to Star Trek than a send up (like the fly by with the overhead view into the bridge).

    The IMDB page is interesting. Brannon Braga is one of the producers. Braga and Jonathan Frakes have director credits each for an episode.
  14. Sep 11, 2017 #14 of 208

    caslu Active Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    I wanted to like it but it was terrible... for reasons other have already stated here. I don't need to watch any further.
  15. Sep 11, 2017 #15 of 208

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    It felt like it wanted to be Galaxy Quest, which was already a spoof of/homage to Star Trek. But it wasn't funny enough.
    Ill probably watch a few eps, mainly for Andrianne Palicki, but I'm not hopeful.
    Oh, I just realized about 2 minutes before airtime that the Orville was named for Orville Wright. Duh. How observant am I?
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  16. Sep 11, 2017 #16 of 208

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I enjoyed it. There was that one part where they were walking around the science institute looking at everything and was thinking "Could they move this along?" Then I had a chuckle when the Captain said the same exact thing.
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  17. Sep 11, 2017 #17 of 208

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    I wasn't thrilled but it was okay enough for me that I'll stick with it for now. It had its moments but maybe that's the halo effect from liking Macfarlane's other work. Hopefully it's a matter of the show finding its footing (though critics panned the next 2 episodes as well, with some saying it actually gets worse.) So I'll give it a chance for at least 3 more.
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  18. Sep 11, 2017 #18 of 208

    Krandor Active Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    It was ok. Nothing great. Wasn't as funny as expected and really didn't like the "toilet" type humor but the pizza party gag was good. Plot was ok but not realluy gripping. I'll watch again but came accross as Trek-lite with some gags.
  19. Sep 11, 2017 #19 of 208

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

    Sep 5, 2001
    Enjoyed it, but like others, couldn't really make up my mind what it was supposed to be. I'll definitely keep watching.

    A shame they are hiding Halston Sage under all those prosthetics.

    Liked the slight twist that his ex was the one responsible for him getting his command. :up:
  20. Sep 11, 2017 #20 of 208

    thebigmo Hot Doughnuts Now!!!

    Feb 12, 2005
    Auburn, AL
    Like others I spent most of it waiting for it to be funny. Will probably keep watching and see if it gets better.
    I thought "Happy Arbor Day" was a much better line than "You've got wood."
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