A lone starship venturing out into the final frontier, her crew bedecked in brightly coloured uniforms. A menagerie of humans and aliens, the best a collective civilized worlds has to offer on a voyage of discovery and adventure.
Now with toilet jokes!
Yes, while Star Trek Discovery is still MIA, sophomore humor specialist and huge Star Trek nerd, Seth MacFarlane‘s dropped the trailer for The Orville, a one-hour sci-fi comedy about the trials and tribulations of a second rate crew trying to forge their destiny among the star, maybe.
Set 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.
MacFarlane stars as Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer as he receives his first command, The USS Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel and Adrianne Palicki plays his ex-wife/first officer because hi-jinks and sitcom tropes aren’t just for Terra anymore. To flesh out this eccentric crew he has his best friend and the best helmsman is the fleet, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes)by his side; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald); Bortus (Peter Macon), an annually urinating alien from a single-sex species; and Yaphit, a goo-puddle voiced by comedian Norm MacDonald. Isaac (Mark Jackson from That Royal Today), an artificial life-form who hails from a machine society that looks down upon biological creatures like humans and aliens; wise cracking navigator John LaMarr (J. Lee of Family Guy fame) and a young, inexperienced security officer with surprising strength named Alara Kitan (Neighbors‘ Halston Sage) round out the cast.
I don’t know about you, but the above trailer really has me sold on this show. Yes. I know. I am sure that there is many a comment flying about the internet now about how ‘unfunny’ Seth MacFarlane is and how he only has three jokes and his hair is stupid or something… Hey, I like his three jokes and not all of us are born with perfectly manageable hair, ok? Cut the dude some slack.
The show looks to have just the right amount of familiarity with it’s broad genre source without aping any of it’s predecessors (namely Galaxy Quest,) that satirized the same shows. A workplace comedy combo that takes both sci-fi cliches and sitcom tropes to task could be a very welcome and refreshing change in the current TV line-up. The Orville‘s pilot episode (directed by Jon Favreau no less) is set to debut this fall on… ah crap, it’s on FOX.
So… 8 episodes before we are all signing online petitions to keep it alive?
via FOX on YouTube