Seth MacFarlane really loves Star Trek.
Though best known for creating the hit animated series Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad, he is an actor as well and has had two walk-on roles on the Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise. His most recent work is The Orville, a live-action sci-fi television series that is a homage to the late Gene Roddenberry’s creation. MacFarlane himself plays Ed Mercer, captain of the starship Orville, and has written many of the episodes. The series’ format, themes, and even special effects and music are reminiscent of Star Trek, especially The Next Generation.
MacFarlane may have been preparing for the role since his teen years. Footage has surfaced of a 14 to 15-year-old actor/ writer/singer in the role of captain of the Enterprise, with friends filling out the rest of the crew. In the 2.5 minute video, the ship encounters one of those numerous spatial anomalies that populate the Trek universe more than bodies of redshirts. The young MacFarlane generously borrowed available materials at the time, from a model of the ship from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to many of the sound effects and even music. While the overall video is as expected for such a fan production of the time (take a look at Spock’s ears!), MacFarlane, well known for his voice impersonations, does a spot-on job sounding like Captain James T. Kirk.
Check out the video below:
What do you think of the young MacFarlane’s take on Star Trek? Personally, we think it’s a bang-up job, and we’re glad that The Orville has been renewed for a second season by Fox. The show, along with the other MacFarlane properties like Family Guy and American Dad, are part of the Fox properties recently acquired by Disney.