The Orville Surprised Me
I just finished watching episode 3 of the Orville. This show is a true treasure. Don’t let the fact Family Guy is a misogynistic unfunny cartoon so far beyond its expiration date that anytime I accidentally leave my tv on and it shows after some USA re-airing of Star Wars I’ve watched for the umpteenth time; I get the same feeling of disgust as would if a dog fed nothing but sauerkraut and rancid meat took a huge dump on my living room floor. And that the curator of that show is the same who created and stars in Orville is responsible for that steaming pile of dog shit called Family Guy.
After watching the first two episodes on-demand I thought this could be a great series and gave me that feeling of nostalgia I get when watching Star Trek TOS. I mean, the strongest person on the ship is a small woman who has already saved the captain and commander (the commander is also a badass woman and wicked smart as is the ship’s doctor). The commander and the captain are well written and they dislike eachother but where one is weak the other is strong and they build the other up even with their history.
But episode 3 hit me like a brick and I knew this show was going to be special.
One of the ship’s officers is from a world where everyone is male. He and his husband (yes, same sex unions that no one on the ship even blinks at) have a baby who turns out to be a girl. Their culture demands the baby have a surgical procedure to make her male. The officer, after seeing Rudolph and fighting the strongest person on the crew, sees that being a woman is not an affliction as his culture believes but his mate wants the reassignment surgery. It goes to tribunal and it is a fight between culture beliefs and the ethics of people who are not off the same culture. The ship has an amazing and inspiring witness that makes the viewer feel like the baby girl may get the chance to decide her own fate when she is old enough to understand, but there is still an overbearing feeling of dread. This is the point in the story that if it were a real Star Trek show the perceived good guys (aka the crew of the Orville) would show the perceived unenlightened race of aliens the error of their ways. But this is where the disconnect between the Orville an Star Trek is apparent as this “comedy sci-fi” show comes out of left field and takes a turn that Star Trek would not take. It takes the hard route and leaves the viewer gutted and sad. I was more emotional after this episode than I could ever believe I would be watching a show created by Seth McFarland.
The Orville is an extremely well done Star Trek inspired television show that is well worth the viewer’s time; whatever their preconceived notions of Seth McFarland are. Watch The Orville!