Seth MacFarlane Penny Johnson Jerald in The Orville

The Orville, the new series from Seth MacFarlane, promises more aspirational sci-fi, but delivers a bland version of Star Trek fan fiction instead.

Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi comedy The Orville is not a spoof on Star Trek (or at least not a very funny one). Rather it is an oddly earnest and sometimes overly serious homage to the classic sci-fi series that, despite coming from the guy who has provided plenty of voices over the course of his very successful career, never discovers (or seems to have much interest in discovering) its own. Instead, during the three episodes sent out ...

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