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The Orville

rojrenrojren238 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,419Member
edited September 2017 in General Discussion #1
This looks interesting. The sets look sort of TNG, but bigger.

Small doses of McFarlane can be funny, but sometimes he overestimates how funny he is, and it gets tiresome.

http://www.blastr.com/2017-5-15/seth-macfarlane-jon-favreau-new-series-the-orville
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"Tradition: Letting dead people make your decisions for you."
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1800 Posts: 0Member
    Yeah, I'm not a Seth MacFarlane fan, but that actually does look pretty funny. I'd read a while back (a couple years or so ago) that he wanted to develop a Star Trek show. They said "no," so I guess we're getting a parody instead.
  • IRMLIRML176 Posts: 0Member
    the visual effects look pretty weak
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1800 Posts: 0Member
    IRML wrote: »
    the visual effects look pretty weak

    The whole thing kind of screams "low budget" to me. Look at the planet they're on with the "aliens" in a very normal looking 20th century house with a very normal looking shotgun. Plus, it's Fox. They're not known for keeping high budget Sci-Fi on the air, plus it's a comedy, so they probably wanted MacFarlane to develop it as low budget as possible. (though, that could also just be the pilot)
  • HelotHelot0 Posts: 0Member
    Looks like a rush to beat FX on Redshirts. Not that there has been any word on Redshirts of late. It could be fun. I have to be honest in that Seth M. seems to be getting slammed a fair bit out there since the trailer hit and I can say I don't know that I have ever seen anything he has done.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1800 Posts: 0Member
    Helot wrote: »
    I don't know that I have ever seen anything he has done.

    You're not missing much, in my opinion. Family Guy. American Dad. The Cleveland Show. Ted. Ted 2. Just to name some of his "highlights." He's more a writer and producer than anything else. Most of his acting involves voice work, particularly for his own stuff.
  • HelotHelot0 Posts: 0Member
    Family Guy. American Dad. The Cleveland Show. Ted. Ted 2.

    Now I understand. Thanks :)
  • GuerrillaGuerrilla348 HelsinkiPosts: 2,369Administrator
    Not that big a fan of McFarlane (seems like no on is for some reason), but I like Favreau enough. Not terribly impressed by the material on display so far, but if they focus on parodying the genre instead of lazy generic sitcom gags about toilet seats and relationships, it has some potential.
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1800 Posts: 0Member
    Guerrilla wrote: »
    Not that big a fan of McFarlane (seems like no on is for some reason)

    Someone at Fox obviously is. Also, his shows stay on the air, so people have to be watching them. Somewhere.
  • bosunbosun61 Posts: 0Member
    To me, that trailer wasn't nearly as funny as the crew from Voyage Trekkers. Those are real fans who do hilarious Trek parody with no budget. www.voyagetrekkers.com
  • oldmangregoldmangreg61 Woodland Hills, CAPosts: 36Member
    Fun fact: the ship is an actual minature
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    Your father called the future - "the undiscovered country". People can be very frightened of change.
  • publiusrpubliusr226 Posts: 1,156Member
    That's nice to see.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1800 Posts: 0Member
    That is cool. :)
  • oldmangregoldmangreg61 Woodland Hills, CAPosts: 36Member
    These just showed up on Twitter
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    Your father called the future - "the undiscovered country". People can be very frightened of change.
  • rojrenrojren238 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,419Member
    I like the front end okay, but I'm not a fan of the drive units.
    "Tradition: Letting dead people make your decisions for you."
    -- Sir Terry Pratchett (paraphrase)
  • ST-OneST-One185 Posts: 292Member
    rojren wrote: »
    This looks interesting. The sets look sort of TNG, but bigger.

    Small doses of McFarlane can be funny, but sometimes he overestimates how funny he is, and it gets tiresome.

    http://www.blastr.com/2017-5-15/seth-macfarlane-jon-favreau-new-series-the-orville

    TNG meets Galaxy Quest
  • rojrenrojren238 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,419Member
    Well, I've seen worse first episodes. But there was too much "We're gonna do this...wink, wink" foreshadowing. The effects had an odd look about them. I liked that the ships are actually maneuverable. I liked that there was a Wright Flyer model on the captain's desk. I hated that everyone had to stop and pose to before taking a shot with their pistols. And, as expected, there was too much McFarlane 'uncomfortable "humor"'.
    "Tradition: Letting dead people make your decisions for you."
    -- Sir Terry Pratchett (paraphrase)
  • I'm assuming it's available to view online, so I'll probably watch it today.
    rojren wrote: »
    And, as expected, there was too much McFarlane 'uncomfortable "humor"'.

    Yeah, that's been my biggest concern. Still, I'll give it a watch.
  • I've gotta say, it wasn't bad. It wasn't great either, but pilots can be rocky. I definitely could have done without Seth MacFarlane's twelve year old sense of humor, but he did a pretty decent job on it. I don't imagine they had the biggest budget, (it's Fox) which is probably why some of the CGI looked a little outdated. But, it wasn't terrible . You can't expect the very best from every project. Also, it may improve as the series goes on. We'll see.
  • rojrenrojren238 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,419Member
    I think I see a pattern. Comedy - use a hammer. Issues of Morality - use a hammer. Character development - use a one-dimensional hammer.
    "Tradition: Letting dead people make your decisions for you."
    -- Sir Terry Pratchett (paraphrase)
  • I haven't seen the latest episode because I was at work. I'll see it when it comes up on Hulu, probably tomorrow.
  • oldmangregoldmangreg61 Woodland Hills, CAPosts: 36Member
    The second and third episodes weren't as heavy with the humor and the third one did feel more like Trek,
    Your father called the future - "the undiscovered country". People can be very frightened of change.
  • I actually like that they're tuning down the humor. I think they're trying to make it more of a drama with humorous elements. Though, I don't really like Gordon. I can handle the rest, but he seems too stupid to be an officer to me. I must say, I was a bit surprised by how episode 3 wrapped up. Not a bad kind of surprise, but I didn't really see it coming. I like shows that don't follow a predictable pattern.
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