The Orville Is The Star Trek Comedy You May Or May Not Want

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Seth MacFarlane and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man) comes The Orville, a sci-fi series looking to mock everything about Star Trek.

Set 400 years in the future, The Orville might seem awfully familiar to sci-fi fans. Following the adventures of Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer onboard the U.S.S. Orville, the series pokes fun of many sci-fi tropes, most of them from the Star Trek franchise.

While there are a few laugh-out-loud moments in the trailer, I can imagine that most fans will be cautious going into this. Either you are a MacFarlane fan or you aren’t. Those who aren’t might find it all terribly difficult to watch. Those who love his work will most likely find it hilarious.

In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilisation with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki).

The Orville Is The Star Trek Comedy You May Or May Not Want

As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald.

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  1. Luthor Billis

    Wow it looks promising. However, I do not like plucky sidekick robots that wear clothing and act like pantomime.

  2. Rob

    My wife and I really enjoy it! Refreshing comedy with an actual storyline, silly but fun. I can see where some may not not enjoy it but for us we enjoy some of the witty repertoire and colorful characters. At any rate we will enjoy it for as long as it last.

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