Star Trek is finally back on TV…in the form of The Orville. Seth MacFarlane, creator of the shows Family Guy and American Dad, has brought to life a new TV series in the vein of classic Star Trek — and it’s fantastic.
The show is half-serious and half-humorous in a weird way. Personally I find the humor a bit hit-or-miss. Sometimes the jokes fall flat and other times I can’t help but burst out with a laugh. However, the drama is right on target. Every episode touches on some thought-provoking moral dilemma or ambiguity, which is really what good sci-fi is all about.
If you’re a fan of classic Trek (especially TNG), then you owe it to yourself to check out The Orville. If you’re not a fan of Seth MacFarlanesque humor, at least try to stomach it for a few episodes because the “Trekkiness” of the more serious parts of the show is worth it.
I think there’s another non-Star-Trek Star Trek show out right now called Star Trek: Discovery, or something. Not really sure what that’s all about. I heard they invented some new aliens and are calling them the Klingons now (ugh). Maybe I’ll get around to checking that show out some time. Whatever.