Man, I enjoyed this one a lot.
|Posted: 04 January 2019 at 12:21am | IP Logged | 6
This is what I’ve been saying—THE ORVILLE’s great strength is that it can do STAR TREK without being burdened by the baggage and history of STAR TREK. I found myself grinning during the opening teaser, because I immediately realized that they were gonna do something which TNG and the other shows were unable to, and which was only ever hinted at: an exploration of holodeck sex addiction.
I can now see why this one might have been held back from the first season, considering the risqué material (note that this aired with a “viewer discretion” advisory), but it all works really well. We even get an interesting exploration of the repercussions from the events of “About a Girl”, and a really nice little melding of the “A” and “B” plots at the end.
There’s also that inspiring spirit of...er...discovery...in the opening scenes of the crew examining the planet’s atmosphere boiling away, which is something that’s been lacking in more recent iterations of TREK (which seem to prefer supervillains and explosions to the joys of exploration). This show really captures the spirit of TREK, and is a proper successor to what Roddenberry gave us, half a century ago. Examinations of social issues from different angles, and presenting diversity in a very positive and non-preachy way. The fictitious nature of Bortus and his race allows for a Gay couple to be a natural and organic part of the show, and yet it doesn’t feel like pandering or a gimmick. The Bortus/Klyden “scenes from a marriage” bits are some of the funniest and most touching moments in the entire series, too.
And even throwaway characters, like the alien lieutenant who hooks up Bortus with the porn program, feel like fleshed-out and interesting characters we’d like to see more of. Hilarious use of subtitles, too. “You want to hone your bone?”
Oh, and the onscreen credits do not include MacFarlane as writer or director. Color me surprised!