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The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?

Richards

Adventurer
Tonight was the premiere of the second season of "The Orville." What did everyone think?

I thought it was pretty good. I was glad to see Alara return, as I had heard rumors that she wouldn't be back this season and I really like her character.

I totally called the reason for Capt Mercer's sudden shuttle run, right before what I had guessed played out on screen.

And for "limited commercial interruption," they sure showed a lot of commercials! I guess they had the same number of breaks but not as many commercials in each break. It still seemed like we were going to commercial every 5 minutes or so, though.

It's moving to Thursdays after this initial Sunday premiere.

Johnathan
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
I very much enjoyed it. I think that they held off for 20 minutes before each of the first two commercial breaks. Same here on the shuttle flight :)

Alara was supposed to disappear somewhere around mid-season, based on the rumours.
 

Rabulias

Adventurer
I heard this episode was actually filmed with season 1, to be the season 1 ender, but they held it back to kickoff season 2. If that's right, Alara's presence in this episode is not strong evidence. :-/
 

Richards

Adventurer
Did anybody else notice Jason Alexander has joined the cast? He's the rhino-headed bartender. I recognized his voice at once, but it took me a moment to recall just whose voice it was. And then I realized it was George Costanza's (his character from Seinfeld) voice coming out of the rhino-alien's mouth. And sure enough, there was Jason Alexander's name in the opening credits.

Johnathan
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Did anybody else notice Jason Alexander has joined the cast? He's the rhino-headed bartender. I recognized his voice at once, but it took me a moment to recall just whose voice it was. And then I realized it was George Costanza's (his character from Seinfeld) voice coming out of the rhino-alien's mouth. And sure enough, there was Jason Alexander's name in the opening credits.

Johnathan
I completely missed that. Good catch :)
 

Jester David

Villager
I KNEW I recognised that voice, but couldn't place it!!

That was a decent episode. It was quiet and simple, focused on the characters and their relationships more than drama or space action. Which was a nice change of pace for a science fiction show, and works with the series.
 

Aeson

Explorer
Anyone else see the doctor and Isaac hooking up in the future? He already seems like a substitute father to her boys. She seems to be developing an attachment to him.

Jason Alexander is just a guest star I think. Maybe a recurring role like Norm McDonald or Bortis's mate.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Remember that the next episode goes back to whatever the normal timeslot is for your area, not Sunday. For me (Ontario, Canada) that's Thursday Jan. 3rd @ 8:00pm.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
It was a good #1 episode. A trickle of new characters made a splash. The plotline interweaving had a nice, natural flow to it.

Not to shower it with too much praise, but I’d posit with a start like this, 2019’s season will be golden.
 

Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
I found it TOO character driven.

The story of the "once a year piss" taking second place to the sub-story of the doctor and her son taking up too much of the episode.

Sure it sets up how everyone of the main cast will all be there for the big piss, I just think they did not need so much time to do it for these two characters.
 

Orius

Villager
Well, tonight's episode was fairly twisted. Moclans just keep getting weirder and weirder. Maybe it's just me, but there's something about Bortas and Klyden arguing in their deep monotone voices whenever they have marital problems that I find unintentionally hilarious. And I knew as soon as that pizza turned into goop there was a porn virus lurking about.

And when the episode wasn't wallowing in juvenile humor, there was that pretty good B-plot about the doomed people on the dying world. It's breathtaking how this show can hit so high and so low in the same episode.

Something that occured to me last episode is just how interesting alien designs on this show gets. Sure, Alara goes for the fairly standard rubber forehead, but there's a lot of creativity otherwise.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Well, tonight's episode was fairly twisted. Moclans just keep getting weirder and weirder. Maybe it's just me, but there's something about Bortas and Klyden arguing in their deep monotone voices whenever they have marital problems that I find unintentionally hilarious. And I knew as soon as that pizza turned into goop there was a porn virus lurking about.

And when the episode wasn't wallowing in juvenile humor, there was that pretty good B-plot about the doomed people on the dying world. It's breathtaking how this show can hit so high and so low in the same episode.

Something that occured to me last episode is just how interesting alien designs on this show gets. Sure, Alara goes for the fairly standard rubber forehead, but there's a lot of creativity otherwise.
I don't think that it's unintentional ;)
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I heard this episode was actually filmed with season 1, to be the season 1 ender, but they held it back to kickoff season 2. If that's right, Alara's presence in this episode is not strong evidence. :-/
IMDB still thinks she's part of upcoming episodes well into the season. Not that IMDB is a system of record, though, so we shall see.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Re: alien designs

Yeah, it’s gratifying that they haven’t fallen completely into the humans with prosthetic makeup cul-de-sac. Some, obvious CGI. Others are people in suits- the porn supplier would have been at home in Star Wars or The Fifth Element. Maybe we’ll see some puppets along the way.

Regardless, it’s giving the show a better overall visual texture than is typical in American sci-fi...especially on TV shows.
 

Aeson

Explorer
It still surprises me my mom watches the show. I thought it would be too crude for her. I could only guess what my dad would have thought of it. I think Primal Urges would have been the final straw for him if he made it this far. I enjoyed the episode. I watched it while my mom was in another room. She wanted to know what had me laughing so much. Yes, Bortus and Klayden's marriage woes tickles me. Here are these hulking men with deep voices bickering. Chad Coleman has shown some range The Walking Dead, The Expanse, The Orville.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Like many of the better sci-fi stories, The Orville touches on societal issues with just enough remove to do so safely. Bortus & Klayten are analogous to gay marriages, but because they’re aliens, it doesn’t generate the backlash it could with a TV show set in Oklahoma City 2019. See also porn addiction, female genital mutilation/gender reassignment surgery, etc.

IMHO, they do it well, without stereotypes. They’re just a married couple in love...with real issues.
 

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