THE ORVILLE is deep in its third season with intense, social themes while traveling the Sci-fi galaxy. The writers and crew tackle society’s 21st-century values, morals, and ethics. 

THE ORVILLE is Seth MacFarlane’s creation. He plays the captain of a spacecraft 400 years in the future. The ensemble boasts many different species, all working together for the good of the Union. You would think the issues the crew gets involved with would have been resolved centuries ago. But this is not the case. Seth is one of the main writers and intends to bring suicide, gender changes, female-dominated worlds, kidnapping, torture, AI, and changing history into the spotlight. The scripts are straightforward and do not really get resolved. The crew is allowed to feel the pain and angst. We are doomed to continually revisit these topics throughout eternity. 

Music plays a huge role in each week’s episode. Broadway and old classic films are a reference point. You can tell that the “swelling” score and orchestrations are of major importance. As well as every character looking neat, tidy, and refreshed. And, of course, there are always love interests and “coupling.” 

I binged these eight episodes and found myself intrigued and entertained. It is no STAR TREK, but there is sarcasm, drama, and humorous moments. I think this season is better than the first two. I really can’t imagine how else a “Trekie” would be able to get my “fix” of “boldly going where no man has gone before.”  

THE ORVILLE 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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