Four hundred years in the future, Earth is part of the advanced and mostly-peaceful Planetary Union. The U.S.S. Orville is a mid-level exploratory vessel that is one of the planet's fleet of 3000 faster-than-light spaceships.
The ship's human and alien crew are led by rookie officer Ed Mercer, who is determined to prove his worth despite his First Officer being his ex-wife. Together, they face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar workplace problems.
But I like it - a lot (except the 3rd episode). It took what I love about series like Star Trek and washed away Roddenberry's very utopian ideals, instead injecting a surprising amount of both humanity and humor while still *trying* to tackle weighty and difficult subjects - with some success.
One of the things that works so well is these characters are very recognizable. Ever seen a nasty divorce? Ever seen the couple still required to work together? Yeah, it's ugly and cringeworthy, but these people are real. Maybe people will change in 300 years - if that's what you want, Star Trek is your better option - but maybe people fundamentally don't change. And that, I think, is what The Orville examines in it's rather unique take on the future of humanity's exploration of space.
Done cancel the Orville.
It's a great family show!!
Please do not cancel it until after the 5th season so I can buy the DVD set!!!
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