Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy that has only started this year and has been met with a lot of great reviews – The Orville
Opening Sequence / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future..–IMDb
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Seth MacFarlane – Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki – Commander Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald -Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes – Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon – Lt. Commander Bortus,
Halston Sage – Lt. Alara Kitan,
- Lee – Lt. John LaMarr,
Mark Jackson – Isaac
- The ship is named after Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers; The brothers successfully conducted the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903.
- Seth MacFarlane previously said that he was interested in reviving Star Trek for television. Now the Orville(2017), a not so subtle Star Trek homage, is premiering the same year as Star Trek: Discovery(2017), a Star Trek television revival.
- Despite all the technology “borrowed” from Star Trek, there is one major component missing – a transporter.
- In the pilot, the Admiral tells Ed Mercer that the Orville “isn’t a Heavy Cruiser.” Originally, Star Trek’s USS Enterprise was designated a “Heavy Cruiser.”
- This is Seth MacFarlane’s first live action show that he is credited with creating.
- Seth MacFarlane’s character is named Ed Mercer; Peter Griffin’s ex-girlfriend’s name is Gretchen Mercer.
- The name “Admiral Halsey” could be a reference to the Paul McCartney song “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, which in turn references the real-life US admiral.
- Both Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron have appeared on The Orville, both of whom starred in Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”
Gordon and John meet each other
Ed and Kelly Argue
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