Week in Geek, episode 12, recorded 11/8/17. News since last recording, including: Amazon developing a Lord of the Rings show; Fox news including renewing The Orville and A Christmas Story Live; Disney news including their fight with the Los Angeles Times, their potential purchase of parts of Fox, what this means for their streaming service, casting for The Lion King, and the MCU passing $5 billion domestic ticket sales; DC news including Wonder Woman now being the highest grossing origin story, Justice League’s 2-hour cap, and the poaching of Brian Michael Bendis on the comics side; and the mixed reception for Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express. We’ll be back with more Week in Geek in January!
I will admit the first episode of The Orville did not reel me in to the show. It was not bad, but it was not good either. There were definitely a few points that made me chuckle, but overall it felt like the blasé day-to-day life that we know now set in the future.
Now maybe I had my expectations high as a fan of Star Trek and Galaxy Quest, but this is definitely something a little bit different. The problem is that I am not sure that it is as good as either of those, which is almost what you have to be at this point. You can be different, but space exploration has been done by a couple of shows and you have to somehow bring something new to the table. I am still not sure that The Orville has completely given me that, but the third episode has shown me that it has more to offer than originally thought. Now the first episode is alright, the second episode a little painful in my opinion, and then the third episode you have an episode that kept me engaged and interested the entire time. At this point the general verdict is we are going to keep watching, but it is on thin ice. (Potential spoilers for the first three episodes of The Orville.)
That all looks really good right up until you think about it being on CBS All Access. CBS has been notorious for not playing well with others online, so outside of CBS All Access, I doubt it will be accessible anywhere in America. If I recall, it’ll be available streaming in other countries.
What this means? Well, for one thing, they’d better be ready for all the news reports about how it’s a heavily torrented TV show. And what it means for us is that we’ll probably just be waiting until it’s available to buy as a season after the fact… sadness!
Still, it looks great. It reminded me a bit of Mass Effect Andromeda, which more than anything means they’re both really current effects and visuals in similar sorts of space exploration stories. They both look gorgeous.
But then, there’s another show coming that had a trailer drop.
Sneaking this show out as competition for Star Trek: Discovery like this, and on a normal network like Fox, should be interesting. They’re both around 13 episodes (sounds like Discovery got bumped up to 15).
Star Trek parody can be great, though – Galaxy Quest proved that. With The Orville be anywhere near as good as Galaxy Quest? That remains to be seen. But we may give this one a watch and see!