4 Ways to Save the World from an Alien Invasion

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Martian war tripods have been spotted just outside of Surrey. In New York and Washington, enormous saucers 15 miles wide hover menacingly over the Independence Day holiday preparations. A Dalek fleet approaches from one direction; a Borg Cube from the other.

In short, we’re so screwed. The super-advanced civilization that could stomp us out like ants appears poised to do just that.

In last week’s episode of The Orville (spoilers follow)…

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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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