Where the first 2 seasons of Orville were actually likable and funny it seems the re branded and renewed show for HULU is just, well, bad.
I'm 3 episodes in and absolutely ready to drop off. For some reason McFarlane went from comedic over reaching arcs with likeable characters to just preachy one shot eps. Not sure if it's his CT liberal roots or he just thinks he's being inciteful but this is the same reason we abandoned black'ish. After 2016 that show went from a very funny social commentary on everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) to just overly preachy about black plights then and still(?). If that was what you want a show to be then you should just start with that. Same with Orville. It seemed it lured in viewers with comedy sci fi and now turned to Seth's overly liberal views of society being our episodic lesson. I just finished episode 3, where half the crew were stuck in a giant illusions created by a superior god like species, this was also a call back to a previous seasons episode which I thought was tacky, and though it started interesting and strange it ended with Seth and his writers views on death, atheism, wanting to somehow subvert the course of life and how humans should be controlling their own evolution. I'm sure a species that can barely tie its own left shoe in harmony with their own right shoe could POSITIVELY control their own evolution.
One line in the episode that got me was the higher being saying that leaving evolution up to nature was messy and full of trial and error. She made it sound as if beings trying to control their own evolution wouldn't ALSO be full of messy trial and error? It's egotistical and borderline dangerous talk. Did she mention how many of her species were mutilated or sacrificed in their quest for evolutionary control and immortality? Or worse another species used as test subjects. Her only negative comments on her species past were the eras of religion. This also feels like Seth's personal views colliding with logic and reality. I'm not personally a religious individual but the leftist media attacks on the idea of it are getting so old it's borderline making ME want to go born again. It's just unneeded, and feels shoe horned for self indulgences sake. It also makes it seem like religion of the self and liberal ideologies (or any ideologies) aren't as bad as any organized religion. It's ludicrous.
I feel like the show has gone down a predictable spiral at this point where you KNOW what the daily lesson will be and its boring. The 2nd episode about a parasitic species the Krill view as demons and hell in their religion could have actually been very good had it maybe, actually been about something like that. Instead they realize the other species religious beliefs are just misunderstood and unknown science........ K? A species that is seen as the terror of the universe both technologically and logically just don't understand what they view as hell is just some spore? C'mon it would have been a GREAT opportunity to just make it UNKNOWN. Keep it scary. I was so excited to possibly see the giant abandoned space station be some otherworldly, godly, evil entity that no mind could comprehend and could ACTUALLY be seen as "a devil" because its incomprehensible. Almost Event Horizon'ish. Instead they took the easy way out and made it boring. Sometimes the unknown of space has to stay unknown.
Sorry but the Orville should have stayed at its original roots. SciFi comedy. I don't see Hulu bringing it back again at this rate. Possibly for the best.
Any Orville watchers have their own thoughts?