Star Trek: Discovery

The premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery just aired on CBS, and I just want to say that, for the first time in many years, there is a TV show that is true to the spirit of Star Trek, that is fun to watch, full of hopeful optimism, yet not afraid to tackle tough issues.

And that show is The Orville.

Screw Star Trek: Discovery. Screw it with one of those pentalobe screwdrivers that you have to buy to service an iPhone. (Possible spoilers.)

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The Orville – To Blandly Go?

This week brought the debut of “The Orville,” the new sci-fi television series from Seth MacFarlane. Better known as the creator of “Family Guy”, MacFarlane might seem an unlikely suspect for a quality sci-fi series, but he also served as executive producer on the (rather well-done) reboot of “Cosmos”. He is also well-known to be a Star Trek fan, having guest starred in “Star Trek: Enterprise” and hinted at bringing Star Trek back to the small screen.

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Captain KirkMercer and ScottyMalloy approach the EnterpriseOrville in Spacedockthe Dockyard. Screencap of video from Fox.com.

The first episode, “Old Wounds”, is currently viewable on Fox’s website. Web discussion of the episode frequently seems to hit on three points:

  1. It’s not quite Galaxy Quest, and more like Star Trek as a comedy.
  2. It’s a little more restrained than Family Guy.
  3. It’s kind of bland.

I’ll talk about each of these things.

(Possible spoilers throughout.)

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