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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #20 on: 02/15/2019 11:45 pm »
Sorry, I got their names mixed up, I meant to say Clyde and not Bortis. What I didn't understand was why the security officer blamed Clyde. The Captain of the Starship didn't have to tell the Moklins what happened and also the engineer should have accepted the amnesty offer.

She blamed him because he threatened to expose the engineer, which prompted the engineer to fake his own death.


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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #21 on: 02/18/2019 11:11 pm »
So this episode reminded me of some famous Trek episodes from the past.

There was a famous episode from TOS (The Original trek Series) where Kirk is framed for murder by a jealous but clever rival:




There was a famous episode of ST:TNG done around Jonathan Frakes (Ryker) and Melinda Culea (formerly of the A-Team). That episode framed a particular social issue in what I thought was a very artful way, demonstrating how science fiction can provide a powerful canvas to paint on - or mirror to hold up to us.




(Sorry, I didn't put either of those in spoiler tags - if you haven't seen them by now, then you're too far behind to care about spoilers)

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #22 on: 02/19/2019 01:24 am »
There was a famous episode of ST:TNG done around Jonathan Frakes (Ryker) and Melinda Culea (formerly of the A-Team). That episode framed a particular social issue in what I thought was a very artful way, demonstrating how science fiction can provide a powerful canvas to paint on - or mirror to hold up to us.

Yes, it was very Star Trek-like in its metaphors. You could include some other episodes too, like "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

Although I thought "Deflectors" was good, it was also a bit too obvious, a little too blatant, both in terms of the plot twist (which I figured out about 2 seconds after it happened) and the metaphor. That said, it was elevated by the acting (particularly the actors who play Bortas and the security officer) and by the longer story arc about the Moklans, whose culture is creating some consternation for the humans.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #23 on: 02/19/2019 06:20 pm »
So this episode reminded me of some famous Trek episodes from the past.

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The Wife and I had the EXACT same two connections! In fact, when they were searching for the Moklan engineer, we both said, "they need the heartbeat monitor from Court Martial!"

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #24 on: 02/22/2019 04:08 pm »
Last night The Orville had its 'Borg moment' come out of deep left field. Oh-wow moments to be resolved next week, maybe. Or not.

Damn....didn't see that one coming...
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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #25 on: 02/23/2019 04:40 am »
I watched it too.  It was a bit unexpected.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #26 on: 02/23/2019 03:13 pm »
They've clearly made some changes to the show. They have adopted a much more consistent tone--it's now mostly a drama with comedic elements. They've dialed back the jokes. And they've also dialed way back on the goofiness. They used to have goofy subplots, but now it seems like they confine the goofy aspects to specific characters who are not part of the main plot but little more than cameos (like the talking flower). Note, for instance, that Yaphit, the green goo guy played by Norm MacDonald, was in most of the season 1 episodes, but has barely appeared in season 2, and hasn't been part of any "oooohhh... he's made of goo..." jokes.

The writing has also been more consistent and I think a lot better than first season. And they've decided to adopt the Star Trek theme of doing social commentary in a sci-fi setting. (As an aside, I get a kick out of the conservative/libertarian vloggers on YouTube who complain about all the "social justice" and "woke" messaging in other shows like Star Trek: Discovery. They love The Orville, but seem oblivious to some of the rather heavy-handed messaging in the episodes. Last week's episode was a thinly-veiled metaphor about discrimination against the gay and transgender communities, and yet I haven't seen any diatribes about that yet. Maybe the answer is that as long as the captain is a white male, these vloggers don't get triggered.)

Still, The Orville is a throwback format and style for a sci-fi show. If you compare it to shows like Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, The Expanse, Westworld, and anthology shows like Black Mirror, The Orville is nothing new or original or edgy and really feels a lot like much older episodic shows. It feels like Star Trek: The Next Generation, which ended over 25 years ago. It doesn't take huge risks in the format or the story-telling. They're always returning to the same bridge, in the same galactic union, with most of their problems solved by the time the credits roll.

That said, sometimes all you want for lunch is a hamburger, not filet mignon, and The Orville is turning into a pretty good hamburger, with less cheese than last season. And whereas you almost came to expect the unexpected from those other shows, The Orville has been more conventional, which means that a surprise like the recent one has a greater impact. I only hope that they can keep it up.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #27 on: 02/24/2019 04:01 am »
Quite the unsettling episode. When we saw the Firestorm episode back in Season 1, that was quite the jarring episode too, but at least it resolved itself in a fairly clean way.

I don't see how this latest episode is going to resolve itself so cleanly - unless Claire wakes up from a bad dream to find Isaac in the shower, Dallas-style.

At least they're taking risks, and not looking to pull their punches.

Maybe this was an homage to another Roddenberry TV serial - Earth: Final Conflict. When The Orville first introduced us to Isaac and his civilization the Kaylons, their name immediately reminded me of the Taelons, the mysterious aliens in this other show from Roddenberry.
[spoiler]The Taelons likewise embedded themselves among the humans while having an ulterior agenda for invasion and takeover. So maybe Isaac's character was conceived with this ultimate plot arc in mind for him from the start.[/spoiler]

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #28 on: 02/24/2019 07:24 pm »
I think Seth MacFarlane has lulled us into the early  TNG/DS9 security of series  where all will end well, then he dropped both the Borg and Dominion War on us in one series episode. Risky. I like it.
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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #29 on: 02/24/2019 10:43 pm »
I kinda saw it coming when Issac was first introduced. Can't expect alien bots to have the 3 Laws wired in. But the exact timing of this caught me off guard.
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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #30 on: 02/24/2019 11:47 pm »
We've all seen this idea before in various forms - all of this has happened before, and all of this shall happen again:




But even still, [spoiler]Isaac wasn't  just some Cylon or Dalek - he was a much loved member of the crew, like Lt Cmdr Data from TNG. To see him go bad, or reveal an inner evil that had been present all along right under everyone's noses, was really an eye-opener.[/spoiler]
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« Reply #31 on: 02/25/2019 12:32 am »
I do see an obvious possible resolution to this if they want it done in two parts (not going to post as a spoiler in case I guessed right).  If they are going to have this as a continuing story line, then I have no clue how they intend to resolve this.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #32 on: 02/25/2019 04:29 am »
When it came to the Moklan gender bias problem, they didn't resolve that, and we can see from the previous episode how the problem continues to grate.
When it came to the animus/vendetta with the Krill, that too remains unresolved, and will likely come back to haunt future episodes.

But this character was one of my favorite characters in the show. If we don't get them back, then it will leave a big hole in our hearts.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #33 on: 02/26/2019 09:44 pm »
Never trusted Cybermen going way back... it's in the eyes


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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #34 on: 03/04/2019 06:36 pm »
Spoilers

(but if you're reading this, then you're already taking a risk that you could have avoided by not clicking on it, right?)




I'll admit to being disappointed by part 2. They set up a big premise: Kaylon invasion force headed to Earth! And then in the end they (mostly) defeated the Kaylons, there was a partnership (not yet an "alliance") with the Krill, Isaac is back, and they're going to carry on with their other plotlines. So really, they pulled their punches, and the storylines are continuing along their previously-established trajectories, not changing radically. After all, Ed already proposed that the Terrans and the Krill could someday become allies, so that's not new. And once they establish a character as likeable, like Isaac was, they're not about to kill him off. In fact, they haven't killed off any main character yet. Also, by not wiping out the Kaylons, we know that they will be back at some point, right?

If they had wanted to be bold, they could have had Issac kill the kid, be full evil, get eliminated, and wiped out the Kaylons, thus mixing up everything and getting a lot darker. That's the kind of stuff we get from streaming and cable sci-fi, but not what we're going to get from a network show.

I do think they've improved season 2 a lot. They've cut back on the humor, eliminated most of the goofiness, and settled on overall story arcs with a focus on character development. The production values are high, the acting is pretty good (replacing Alara with Talla, an older--and better--actress was a good call), and they've established a consistent tone for the episodes. The way they have developed the Moklans and the Krill has been clever. The Moklans have a code and rules, and they make humans very uncomfortable. The Krill have a religious superiority complex, but it actually makes a certain amount of sense.

The Orville is a well-produced show. But it's also a network show, which means that they're not going to take bold risks (like killing a kid, or even killing off a major character), and it still feels like a television show from the 1990s, when there has been a lot more innovative and interesting and experimental science fiction television since then. Is The Orville doing anything new or original? No. But then again, sometimes all you want is a hamburger with some cheese, not a gourmet meal.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #35 on: 03/04/2019 11:52 pm »
Yeah, you can get mad at the neat and tidy packaging and the avoiding darkness.. or you can just enjoy the ride. It's a love letter, not The Watchmen of its genre trying to set the tropes on their ears in a literary and pretentious way.

I'm enjoying the ride. It's a really GOOD hamburger.
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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #36 on: 03/08/2019 05:35 pm »
This is actually a pretty good overview of the first season and its problems. He poses an interesting observation: McFarlane wanted to make a serious show, but was forced to add the comedy because Fox told him to because that's what everybody expects of McFarlane. That would explain why it is toned down so much in the second season, because once they were renewed, McFarlane was actually able to make the show that he really wanted to make, which was really just an extension of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

And as he notes, the comedy often didn't work in the first season: they would do a serious, emotional scene, and then undercut it with a dick joke. The jokes are also not inherent to the premise but tacked onto the story and don't contribute to the character arcs (here he makes a good comparison to Galaxy Quest, where the comedy was inherent in the premise--what if the Star Trek cast found themselves actually on a spaceship?). It created a wildly inconsistent tone.

Season 2, however, changed up a lot of that. They dramatically reduced the jokes, and they focused on character development and story arcs. Alas, there seem to be a lot of fans who are unhappy with the reduction in jokes and don't like season 2. Season 2's ratings are also down compared to the first season. I personally think that the second season has been much better.




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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #37 on: 03/08/2019 05:59 pm »
I also find the second season much more enjoyable than the first.
I too expected a laugh fest when I first started watching it because of Seth McFarlane but he has pulled off a serious, albeit an enjoyable series.
I'm sure if allowed it will continue to get better.
Just look how bad the first 10 episodes of STNG were.

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Re: The Orville - Season 2
« Reply #38 on: 03/08/2019 08:12 pm »
Just look how bad the first 10 episodes of STNG were.

Many shows have rocky first seasons. Actors need to figure out how to play their characters. I've heard writers describe how that's an interactive/iterative process: the writer has to figure out who the character is and what they'll say, and that is partly based on the qualities and strengths of an actor and how they deliver their lines. As an example, if an actor just isn't any good delivering jokes, then you don't write jokes for them.

Here's another take on the show:

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/7/18254737/identity-the-orville-star-trek-seth-macfarlane-two-part-episode-science-fiction?fbclid=IwAR03blRGwJmRWo1LFmpU6EVI2jY31TlycaELLInplkvfwELViN3yHoho42s


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