I am not about panning creative endeavors. Creating an entertaining series is difficult and it’s not all in the hands of the writer or producer as to how that series might turn out. Perhaps it is expectations that have SUNK The Orville. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek and a big fan of Galaxy Quest which parodied Star Trek and its loyal fans, I was looking forward to one of my favorite comedic minds, Seth MacFarlane, taking a crack at this. I mean this guy makes some extremely funny films and Family Guy is an iconic series, so I had little doubt he was going to pull this off.
He did not! When I teach writing I explain the 2 laws of writing are audience and purpose. Simply who are you communicating with and what do you want to achieve with the communication. This series doesn't know if it's a comedy or a drama. I tried to stay with it, hoping for the natural development to take place with acting chemistry, writing development and so forth; however, episode 8 is as far as I will go with this series and I should have stopped sooner. During episode 8 I wasn't sure if I was watching a Macfarlane comedy or Nickelodeon afternoon series. There was one joke forced into the script in order to bring comic relief to a dramatic episode that was sleepy and clumsily put together, and it was a glory hole joke. So we go from two young brothers learning the lesson that their mommy really is important to them, to entering the glory hole.
I just wish this series was funny. Bad storylines don’t bother me, but one joke an episode means it is classified as a drama and basically it’s ‘NO STAR TREK’ so it’s perhaps Star Trek for children. If it found a home on Saturday cartoons or on a children’s network, I could see this series doing well; however, in its current format I have to believe viewers have better options.