I watched the season premiere of The Orville. I hated it. Some highlights include...
- A blue alien that ejaculates blue jizz from his face.
- A dog sits on a couch and licks its own balls.
- A crew member asks the captain if he can drink soda on the bridge and later, he totally drinks soda on the bridge what a payoff !
- Making a reference to Papa Smurf...in the year 24somethingsomething...just...why....are.............you.....writing........................this ?????
- All the terrible, terrible "humor" in the trailer...it was real, dear god it was real.....
- A SPACE GLUE GUN. SERIOUSLY. A SPACE GLUE GUN. THEY TOOK A GLUE GUN AND SPACED IT UP AND IT IS FUNCTIONALLY THE SAME AS A NORMAL RUN OF THE MILL 21st CENTURY GLUE GUN. YOU KNOW, IN THE 25th CENTURY. IN THE FUTURE. JUST. RAGE.
I watched an interview with Seth MacFarlane and he was saying this was a "Dramedy;" that it wasn't a spoof and how much he likes Science Fiction and how he's wanted to do this for a while...I don't understand. Seth could be the nicest, most wonderful person on the planet but I hate his creative works. I don't understand how he thinks this kind of comedy could make this type of show better. I don't think this show could make anyone happy regardless; it's not funny enough (dear fucking god just fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkk) for people to stick around for the comedy (unless that is your type of comedy in which case, have at it) and it's not Science Fiction "Star Trek" enough (ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh some things were...fine...not really...I don't know like one thing ? Uhhh...maybe ? Fuck) for anyone to be dazzled or interested by the science to be had here. Even if you were, you would have to put up with A LOT of "comedy" and uninteresting characters just to get to maybe ONE interesting piece of science or space shit or something. I don't know, maybe if you like his other stuff you'll like this too ? Maybe ? I don't know how but maybe.
for some reason i also watched this. i can report your take is on point. the more i think about this show the madder i get.
for all the talk about how this was a passion project for Seth and it was different from his other stuff, it's the same shit in a live action bun. And you know what, that's fine, he has his large built in audience that will follow him to whatever project. But the real shame is that after years of struggling to get another Star Trek or even a half decent weekly scifi show on the air, this somehow gets a generous budget and a solid cast (including a deep cut from DS9 as the ship's doctor). They built a lot of sets comparable to TNG level stuff and the CG was generally pretty good for a weekly show, and they certainly weren't shy on showing space action. The plot of the episode wasn't even a bad premise for your standard Star Trek episode. Receive distress call, people on planet have a secondary motive, bad guys show up, crew has to save the day. Standard template stuff.
And the thing is, the show would have been absolutely fine if played straight with a little bit of comedy. But the entire thing just constantly sounds utterly insecure if its being funny enough, and every scene sounds like the writers room had to "punch up the script" with a dick joke or a fourth wall breaking out of character aside (shocking, I know). And I think the show's critical issue is thinking that people in general like Seth McFarlane as a person enough to see him as a likable protagonist. It's definitely not going to convince anyone who didn't really like the guy that this show is worth watching.
Also, perhaps the grossest thing about the whole endeavor is how shamelessly it completely and utterly rips off Star Trek. It barely even tries to hide it. From the uniforms to the ships to the music to the character archetypes (the one dude might as well be named Worf, and there's a shitty Data who apparently is extremely racist, because that was definitely needed), there's not an original thought in this show. Its premise is "what if Star Trek had dick jokes and a real casual crew?" If this was Seth's passion project, I wonder if he has an original thought in his head.