Before I write my review of the premiere episode of the new Fox show “The Orville” I have a confession: I am a Seth McFarland fanboy. I love the older “Family Guy” episodes, his movies, and have been known to listen to his jazz cd. Part of it is that we are close in age and apparently grew up watching a lot of the same shows, so I appreciate his humor. With that little bit of housekeeping out of the way…
I absolutely loved “Old Wounds”. It set a strong tone for the series, which is that it is going to be a good mix of drama and comedy. You can tell what the show is, an homage to 1980 and 1990’s syndicated science fiction shows. As McFarland’s Captain Ed Mercer and Scott Grimes Lt. Gordon Malloy flew around the Orville we were treated to wide beauty shots of the ship which reminded me of the famous scene from Star Trek The Motion Picture as Scotty flew Kirk (and the audience) to the redesigned Enterprise. I have since learned that most of the shots of the ship are from a practical model and not CGI, which is another nice touch in the CGI dominated culture that we live in.
Speaking of Grimes, McFarland has assembled a brilliant supporting cast starting with Adrianne Palicki as his ex-wife/first officer Commander Kelly Grayson. The dynamic of a divorced couple working through their issues while trying to run a ship is something that has never been tried but I think it is a great vessel for so many relationship stories in hopefully the years to come. I’ve already watched the premiere episode twice and can’t wait for the next installment.
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions and a throw pillow (4.5)
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