We did try not to get our hopes up, given Fox’s troubled past with science fiction shows, but fans will be glad to know that the network has picked up the Seth MacFarlane space adventure The Orville for a second season.
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”
The initial assumption was that the show would be a tongue in cheek spoof of the much loved Star Trek and others in the genre, but The Orville has proven itself to be a show worth taking seriously. Much like Trek, The Orville tackles very real social issues, human interaction, and relationships, all while staying true to the flawed truth of humanity.
Unlike Roddenberry’s version of the future, which assumes all humans become more mature and thoughtful, The Orville shows that while we have become more advanced technologically, we are still prone to sarcasm and dick jokes, giving the show a feel that balances between comedy and true sci-fi adventure, without the overbearing amount of bodily humour MacFarlane is often known for.
The show has earned its own Geek cred already with an episode directed by Number One himself, Jonathan Frakes, and rumored Trek-alum cameos from Patrick Stewart and Scott Bakula. The show has also managed to snag appearances from A-listers like Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson as well.
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