THE ORVILLE was amazing for their third season. Through network changes, adding a bigger budget, creating scripts that were timely and honest all made a huge impact. It became a better show. What a difference. It was a Sci-Fi smorgasbord for old and new fans. 

The ensemble was led by Captain Ed (Seth MacFarlane). He has certainly grown into his role this year. Instead of throwing out blatant, in-your-face one liners, Seth took a step back and allowed the cast to merge and shine. He created THE ORVILLE. He was one of the writers, and he directed a few episodes as well. His creative genius is all over this series. From the very, explicit, music choices to the current themes and storylines, Seth’s signature “mark” is everywhere. No topic was off the table and made for interesting and entertaining moments for all to ponder and enjoy. 

I thoroughly loved the other members of this cast. Commander Kelly (Adrianne Palicki), was the heart of the crew. Lt. Gordon (Scott Grimes), was the comedic relief and the resident musician. This man can sing! Dr. Claire (Penny Johnson), and Isaac (Mark Jackson), were the logical and romantic duo. Bortus (Peter Macon), represented strength and reason. I will never be able to “unsee” his planet’s mating ritual. TMI for sure. 

Because THE ORVILLE takes place 400 years in the future, the cinematographer is a painter’s palette. Any image or galaxy is possible. This added a whole new dimension of delight. Flying under the spacecraft gave everyone an opportunity to “feel” the enormity of the ship. 

THE ORVILLE was fun escapism even with the “darker” topics. It allowed us to project and dream about where the universe is headed. It surrounds the viewers with hope that perhaps all of us can learn from our mistakes. I am smiling with joy and the infinite possibilities. It is available to stream on HULU. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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