Yeah, I’m liking it better than I thought I would, and that does confuse me. The first few episodes were rough and awkward, but tonight’s episode made me feel like the show’s starting to come together into something that… doesn’t completely stink.
In fact… I think I like it.
Oh, it’s definitely Next Generation Trek with the serial numbers filed off. Tonight’s concept wasn’t new (a generation ship where the inhabitants no longer remember they’re in space), but it was solidly executed, with a sense of wonder from both the Orville’s crew and the aliens that helped sell the story. In fact, I felt like it ended too soon. Without getting too spoilery, what the crew did is bound to have a profound impact on the alien society, and I wanted to see it play out. This episode actually left me wanting more. Wow!
It wasn’t perfect. IMHO, most of the jokes still fall flat, but they’re starting to feel more like organic reactions from the crewmembers and not just random crude attempts at humor. I’d prefer less anachronistic pop-culture references, yet I grinned at the Friends quip. And the characters are beginning to develop, if only a tiny bit, into more than one-dimensional stereotypes tailor-made for the lulz.
I’m starting to think the Orville is finding its footing, and it just might grow into a show worth following. And yes, that’s confusing me, considering it’s from the same person who made Family Guy. But I’m intrigued enough to keep watching and see what happens next.