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The last episode very much felt like a series finale to me. I know it was supposed to be.
Agreed. The last episode was the cast party. It's done.

Clearly this is the case of a little boy being given the greatest electric train set ever, and he played it for all it was worth. He conned his way in with the promise of comedy then did the StarTrek he always wanted to do. Plus a nice Star Wars homage at the end to boot. Time to move on.

I enjoyed it all and I'd watch a season 4, but what would be the point?
 

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The last episode very much felt like a series finale to me. I know it was suppose to be. Hopefully they change their minds and there is a season 4/
I think it was written as a season finale, but one closed enough that it could also serve as a series finale as well.

Seth still gives renewal at about 50/50 odds, with viewership on Disney+ possibly a deciding factor. I imagine Hulu likes the fact that it's gotten overall very good reviews from both critics and fans, but the fact that it never cracked the streaming top ten is probably on their mind as well. That, and the extensive production time a show like this requires, and then having to now recapture the cast and fit the show into their schedules.
 

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I'm currently watching episode 6. This season is a lot more serious than previous seasons. Some heavy subjects being tackled so far. 😱
For the first two seasons, the show seems to flip between high-concept work comedy and straight-up space opera melodrama. But the third season, they seem to have "gone for broke" and totally embraced the latter.
 

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For the first two seasons, the show seems to flip between high-concept work comedy and straight-up space opera melodrama
That was my biggest complaint about S1 and S2 -- they couldn't decide which way to go -- comedy with dick and fart jokes, or a stand-up homage to Star Trek with great sci-fi writing. I'm glad they dropped that and finally made a great season of shows in S3.
 

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For the first two seasons, the show seems to flip between high-concept work comedy and straight-up space opera melodrama. But the third season, they seem to have "gone for broke" and totally embraced the latter.
That was my biggest complaint about S1 and S2 -- they couldn't decide which way to go -- comedy with dick and fart jokes, or a stand-up homage to Star Trek with great sci-fi writing. I'm glad they dropped that and finally made a great season of shows in S3.
My recollection was the humor settled a bit during season 2.

I'm thinking of recommending Orville to my wife who hated season 1 because of the humor. Was season 2 almost as much?
 

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Huh. In the original version of "Twice in a Lifetime," they... Wait, "original version?" Yeah, stay with me here.

As I was saying, in the original version of that episode, there was a paradox that got created. After arriving in the year 2015, Malloy sent a message into the future saying that he had been there 6 months and was trapped in the past. The episode continued, with the Orville traveling back, but to the year 2025, and encountered a Malloy that had settled in and hooked up with the girl from the cellphone and had a family and a job and all that. Failing to get Malloy to leave the year 2025 and go back to the future, the Orville then traveled back to 2015, but arrived a month after Malloy arrived in the past. They retrieved Malloy and went back to the future.

The paradox that was created that many (including myself) picked up on was that the message that caused them to go back to the past was sent 6 months after he arrived, meaning the Malloy they picked up from a month after he arrived hadn't sent the message, meaning he couldn't send the message, meaning - paradox.

Apparently, the episode has since been edited using ADR (automated dialog replacement - when actors go into the recording booth and re-perform their lines to get clean audio). The first change was to make the message that Malloy sent say that he was there three months when he sent the message, not 6 as in the original version. The second change was to the end of the episode, where LaMarr now says that "Gordon arrived four months ago" instead of "Gordon arrived about a month ago."

The captioning didn't get updated for either change... they still have the original lines. And while the ADR was fine for the change to the message, since it was just an audio message, the ADR to LaMarr's line was unfortunately very noticeable. (Like, as noticeable as the censored Sigourney Weaver line from "Galaxy Quest" - that noticeable.)

I noted the problem with the original episode, but can't take credit for noticing the changes... just watched this video that pointed it out. (It's a 5 minute video that says basically what I said above.)
 
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