If you’re a fan of Star Trek as well as a fan of Seth MacFarlane’s various comedies then you are in for a real treat as The Orville is finally coming out in the UK.
What is The Orville about?
The Orville is Seth MacFarlane’s latest series which pays homage to classic sci-fi. The series is essentially Star Trek: The Next Generation with plenty of jokes but we were surprised to find it is so much more than that.
Is Seth Macfarlane in The Orville?
Seth Macfarlane (Family Guy, Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West) stars as Ed Mercer, an up and coming officer in the Planetary Union. After a troubling divorce, he is offered the Captaincy of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel.
Who else is in The Orville?
The show also stars Adrianne Palicki (John Wick, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Red Dawn) as First Officer Kelly Grayson, Penny Johnson Jerald (24, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Castle) as Dr Claire Finn, Scott Grimes (ER, Band of Brothers, Critters) as Lieutenant Gordon Molloy, Peter Macon (Shameless, Dexter, Supernatural) as Lieutenant Commander Bortus and Halston Sage (How to Rock, Crisis, Paper Towns) as Lieutenant Alara Kitan.
Now some will dismiss this series as nothing more than a Seth MacFarlane ego stroking exercise but believe us when we say it is so much more than that. This is a genuinely funny, moving and well-written comedy series that shows a true and sincere love shows like Star Trek TNG. It is pitched perfectly and at times you actually forget that you aren’t watching Star Trek until you suddenly find yourself laughing out loud as the gelatinous life form named Lieutenant Yaphit attempts to seduce Dr Finn.
The character development in The Orville is strong and the relationships are well played, you will recognise the inspirations for certain characters from TNG this is especially true for Bortus who shares more than a resemblance to Worf.
The series is set out in individual episodes, each with its own adventure whilst central storylines run throughout. The series has already aired in the US and we have been lucky enough to see it so believe us when we say that this is a series not to be missed. We really hope that this can run for a few seasons as by the end of season one you will have a real desire to find out what happens next to each character.
When and where can you watch The Orville?
The Orville starts in the UK on Thursday 14th December 2017 on Fox and on catch-up on Now TV so if you like Sci-Fi, Star Trek and Comedies then you’ll definitely want to check this out.