Fans of The Orville were thrilled when Fox announced it had been picked up for a second season. However, the reaction is definitely mixed as series creator Seth MacFarlane recently hashed out details of the show’s next run.
On the positive side, fans get more episodes, with the second season set to have at least 14 episodes, two more than the first. However, that’s way short of the 22 which many shows normally receive. When MacFarlane – who plays Captain Ed Mercer – was asked about this, he replied, “I’d rather do fewer episodes and have them be better content-wise than do 22 and have them be filler.”
Speaking of content, prepare to see a shift in tone of the show. Critics were off-put when the show finally aired, not sure how to take its mixture of sometimes gross-out humor and serious themes like transgenderism (e.g. About a Girl), though the fans seem to have loved it. MacFarlane may be reacting to the fans in season two’s direction, where he states, “Tone was the biggest experimental part of [season 1], What we found was that we can lean a little more heavier into the science fiction and not have to worry so much about knocking out a joke every page. The show is an hour and really can and wants to service its storytelling in a way that makes it a priority. The jokes come as they come, the comedy comes as it comes.”
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little longer to watch The Orville’s change in direction, as MacFarlane himself has stated it won’t return this year.
So, are you a fan of The Orville? What do you think of the latest news? As always, leave your opinion in the comments section below.
Source: Den of Geek