The Orville

The Orville

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen edition.
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Captain Ed Mercer thrusts into space aboard the explorer ship the USS Orville. Joined by his first officer ex-wife and intergalactic crew, he grapples with everything from a planet-absorbing space anomaly to an overly amorous, gelatinous engineer.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD ORV
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (526 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Apr 25, 2019

The Good: Outstanding music. Very good to excellent sets/effects. Crisp direction and high production values.

The Bad: An utter lack of creativity -- It plagiarizes numerous Star Trek elements, characters and stories, with some episodes being virtual remakes of installments from the original series, “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space 9.” (No shock that the producers shrugged this off by calling them “tributes.”). The show is often billed as a “dramedy” because of campy 20-to-21st century references liberally sprinkled into each episode, along with adolescent potty humor and frat boy language reminiscent of two long-running animated series from the underbelly, Family Guy and American Dad, both created by:

The Ugly: Creator/writer/lead actor Seth MacFarlane, a self-avowed atheist zealot, feels the need to mock/lampoon/vilify believers at every opportunity, stereotyping them all as ignorant, stupid, greedy, despotic, and/or murderous. 3 of the episodes (all written by him) do so in such a ham-fisted/propagandist manner that even some of his fellow atheists publically took exception. If the first 2 leave any doubts, the season-ender blows them all away.

Though perhaps he wanted to, Gene Roddenberry, repeatedly cited as SM’s role model, never stooped anywhere near as low as this. FYI, 2 other (far better) sci-fi series, “Babylon 5” and “Firefly,” showed respect for those believing in a power higher than humanity and clearly did not advocate the view that an “advanced and informed” society must eradicate all religions (along with those who follow them?). But hey, if Stalin and Mao were still around, both would be standing and cheering.

VaughanPLDavidB Apr 02, 2019

This series appears to be intended as a spoof of, and maybe an homage to the Star Trek TV series, and the highly under-rated 1999 movie, Galaxy Quest. It had great potential. Unfortunately, once it got around to being serious, the messages it tried to convey were blunted by a heavy-handed, clumsy delivery and a pervasive broad, crude comedy. What we're left with is humorless, derivative, preachy, poorly acted, and cheaply produced. Seriously, the sets look like IKEA displays. Oh, and one more thing: a spiral staircase in a starship? Really?

Mar 09, 2019

Seth MacFarlane is not funny.

Feb 03, 2019

Definitely the "real" Star Trek of its time. This show perfectly captures Gene Roddenberry idea of a bright future where everybody has a peace and quality of living brought about by their own enlightenment. The future still has drama, conflict, and hardship but humanity can overcome it with a wisdom that is attainable for everybody.

Feb 03, 2019

I could not find anything good in this series to motivate me to keep watching. The characters are one dimensional, humour non-existent. Blah.

Jan 22, 2019

New entry into the Science fiction series genre, from the fertile mind of Seth MacFarlane. The comedy aspect feels forced sometimes, but the sci-fi reminds one of the venerable Star Trek TOS (the original series). The cast is up for the challenge of new civilizations, and one should not look too closely at the science of "hyper-drive", etc. to get enjoyment out of this series. Norm MacDonald's gelatinous crewman is just annoying, but enjoyed Bordis, the Maclon character and an A-I bridge character shine. Decently written and worth a watch!

Jan 09, 2019


The Orville is part comedy, part science-fiction, with more than a nod or two to Star Trek as its inspiration. Season One is a bit uneven as it finds its footings, voice, audience, etc. The comedy can be good fun or painfully sophomoric (which, to me, drags it down). This is more evident in the first few episodes than later on. Growing pains. Story-wise, it's quite good. Very Trekkian in many ways. They borrow heavily for a couple of episodes from Star Trek and Dark Mirror but they put their own spin on things. Good plotting, mostly. Great character development. Fantastic make-up and first-rate special effects. Definitely worth watching twice. Once for sheer fun and adventure, then again for depth.

Season Two, by the way, is more sober but with sprinklings of humour rather than comedy to break the tension.

Dec 27, 2018

One of my favorite new science fiction shows. Originally marketed as a comedy, the show is more of a lighthearted science fiction drama with bits of comedy spread throughout. Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will instantly notice its influence on this show. The large cast and the emphasis on discovery and interaction are definite homages to that show. The Orville is a breath of fresh air from the dark, hard boiled space opera's that currently dominate airwaves.


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Frightening or Intense Scenes: I should hope so. It's an adventure series, after all.

Sexual Content: Some adult scenes and situations.

Violence: Yes, at times. Shooting, stabbing, torture, execution, disintegration.

Coarse Language: Rare but there. More crude than course but the F-bomb and S-bomb and A-H-bomb have all made appearances.

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