The Orville - Seth Mcfarlane's Star Trek/Galaxy Quest spoof (Torrent/Streamers Thread)

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by cybershot, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    To section Orville discussion out of the Star Trek: Discovery thread.

    Show has not yet officially aired in the UK. It will be airing on FOX UK later in the year (was hoping it may get picked up by E4 or something, but alas not)

    So only way of watching is to illegally download or stream, therefore if you're awaiting the fix of official UK airing, you may wish to not read ahead as there be spoilers.
     
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  2. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Just watched Ep 4.

    Proper cross section of a TNG/TOS episode, and a small Liam Neeson cameo.

    Thought the jokes were a little better in this one, but would rather see some situational comedy, the jokes seem very forced, as if, we need to fit something in somewhere.

    I'm liking it, but still can't see it getting renewed despite the potential.
     
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  3. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    It's not a proper comedy and it's not a proper drama. Not impressed so far.
     
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  4. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I'm trying my hardest to like it, I really am... but!
    Seth MacFarlane is pretty much playing the same character he played in a million ways to die in the west, only less funny. At least a million ways was supposed to be a comedy. I've no idea what this is supposed to be but it certainly isn't funny, not in the slightest.
     
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  5. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    At best it appears to be a homage to old trek, or something. Is it deliberately doing tired old tropes and Deus ex machina scripts? If so I'm not really getting the joke. It just seems a bit shit. The trailer showed it had potential, but the show itself is something rather odd.
     
  6. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Enjoyed episode 1.

    I was intrigued enough to DL it as the metacritic reviews from pro's and the public varied so much. The pro's hate this show!

    Will defo check out the next episodes :cool:
     
  7. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Watched EP 4 today. Again followed a trek style "hey look at how crazy something is as we hold up a sci fi mirror to it".
    Probably better and more interesting than the other episodes. However. . . some really odd bits were left in. I saw a few but can only remember two off the top of my head.
    Seth says to the robot man to go back to the shuttle to tell the main ship whats going on, "the rest of us will split up and look around"
    Next shot is them splitting up with robot man in seths group.
    Later medical woman says she will lead the way because she knows the terrain. She doesn't know it better than anyone else, she's literally been with them all the time. . . or am I missing some other in jokes??
     
  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Well, it's rolling out the guest stars, again very TNG esque.
     
  9. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I have to admit I giggled at the part-regenerated leg/foot :D

    The rest was as craptacular as expected.
     
  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

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  11. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I'm bored shitless of it now. Surprised about a second season. Maybe it's cheap and quick to make.
     
  12. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    doesn't look that cheap
     
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  13. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Opening credits are better than star treck
     
  14. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Opening credits are better than the content.
     
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  15. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    I really enjoyed the black mirror rip off one. Its not as arch or clever as it thinks it is but then niether am I. It'll do. I swear if you put this and star trek discovery into a big blender than ran the slurry through a filter you'd end up with good star trek
     
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  16. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Cheap for sci-fi on a spaceship.
     
  17. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    If you ran 'The Orville' through a blender and flushed the resulting slurry down the toilet, the world of television would be a slightly better place.
     
  18. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    For me, Seth lost all credibility as a cynical, sarcastic lampooner when he went and had a facelift + tooth job+ lipo..

    Shame on you, Seth
    Shame
     
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  19. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Well, I appear to be in the minority here but pretty much enjoyed the first two eps. Then again I have a massive soft spot for MacFarlane so perhaps not being fully objective. But I genuinely think it is decently written and has just the right amount of humour in it. I don’t think it would have worked as joke-in-every-second-line show.
     
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  20. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I think he just wanted to do this shit on a bigger budget but knew he could ever be the captain of the enterprise.

    Trailer was cut as a joke show just to get people to watch.
     
  21. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Still thoroughly enjoying this.

    Still thinking those of you who think it's crap are point-missing misery pants. Sorry :p
     
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  22. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Official Twitter Liaison Officer

    I don't like to just diss things but I watched this today and it's not very good.

    I could handle the cheap production, rubbish effects and acting if the storyline was at least engaging. But that was only one episode to be fair.

    It's nowhere near current standards and expectations.
     
  23. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Yep, same here. Interesting ideas, rounded characters, believable dialogue, what's not to like?
     
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  24. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    Its not as funny as it could be but maybe thats the point. We're catching up on Fox & enjoying it so far. Think we're up to episode 7 or 8.
     
  25. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    I think that has been a main issue with some detractors. Having MacFarlane as the creator might have led many to expect this was to be a gag-a-minute satire a la Family Guy or Ted. Others have criticised the below-par special effects, which hugely misses the point IMO.

    This series is ultimately not a comedy or a sci-fi programme but a vanity project by MacFarlane. But ultimately what's wrong with that? It is just perfectly enjoyable, decently written entertainment. FWIW I think the level of comedy/ jokes is just right for this show, and any more would not work. And the storylines are actually every bit as multi-layered and complex as any given Next Generation episode.
     
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  26. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Season 2 has just started :) First episode a solid start.
     
  27. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    its the holodoc from voyager!
     
  28. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Also had the dr from enterprise.

    Voyager docs wife was also a vorta in ds9

    Man I’m a nerd.
     
  29. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Loved the
    creepy shuttle drive-by
    :D
     
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  30. FabricLiveBaby!

    FabricLiveBaby! Live Baby Fabric!

    I'm really enjoying the second season. The episode with Isaac last week was excellent I thought!
     
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