Spoofs can be fun if done the right way, and it looks like Seth MacFarlane’s take on Star Trek, where the series is known as The Orville, is going to be a success. At the very least, this is what we picked up from the official trailer itself that has been released for all and sundry to watch. Fans of Star Trek are still up in the arms as to when the Star Trek Discovery series is going to make the jump to the small screen, but at the very least, fans can always have fun with The Orville. After all, spoofs tend to take a humorous look at something which is far more grim and serious, and the world could surely do with a whole lot more laughs than frowns. The Orville’s official trailer (and we are quite sure that this will not be the last, either), stars Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki as a divorced couple. It is clear from the get go that these two will be the alter egos of Kirk and Spock from the actual Star Trek series. The two will take command of a totally new spaceship, and the crew that has hopped aboard are no less crazy, either. Enjoy the trailer below and share with us what you think in the comments.
The Orville has been described to be a comedy-drama science fiction TV series which will premiere on Fox some time later this year in the 2017 to 2018 season. There is no exact release date revealed just yet, so we will simply have to be patient. In the mean time, we do expect more trailers and perhaps clips to be revealed in order to whet the appetite of the masses further.
Each episode of The Orville is expected to last an hour, where it is set many years in the future of mankind when space travel is as commonplace as the roads that we use these days. The spaceship in question would be the U.S.S. Orville, which is a mid-level exploratory vessel as opposed to being a flagship spacecraft. The crew will be a hodge podge of intergalactic races, comprising of both humans and aliens, which would certainly be interesting to take note of as different cultures and personalities collide and come into contact with one another, and for the first time in some instances.
Deep into the 25th century, Earth happens to be a member of the Planetary Union, which is a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization that boasts of a fleet of 3,000 ships. Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer, newly divorced, was given the command of the U.S.S. Orville. However, the assigned First Officer assigned happens to be his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson, which will certainly add to the tension on board. It does make us wonder, with all of the brains in the Planetary Union, how could they overlook the fact of a possible friction in the working relationship by assigning the two of them together? It does not make sense at all, as the same situation would certainly not have happened in the real world, unless there is a massive mistake somewhere by the human resource department.
The rest of the crew will be a motley one, with Ed's best friend, Gordon Malloy (played by Scott Grimes) being on board as the best helmsman in the fleet; alongside Penny Johnson Jerald's Dr. Claire Finn who conveniently is one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; the single-sex species alien Bortus, the customary artificial life form Isaac, navigator John Lamarr who plays the role of providing comic relief, among others.