I may have only seen a handful of Star Trek episodes, but it seems that some of the ones I’ve seen I’ve seen multiple times already. That’s what happens when you start and stop watching something with the intent of blogging about it, I guess. And while I’m not saying that the episodes of Star Trek I’ve seen already were bad, I came to the conclusion that I needed to interweave something I haven’t seen before with rewatches of things I’ve seen just for my own sanity. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I hope it does.
So here we are. While debating about the order in which I wanted to review things, I remembered The Orville. The Orville is, from what I understand, a comedy-drama influenced by Star Trek, primarily The Original Series and The Next Generation. It’s a show I totally meant to watch, but then promptly forgot about. Perhaps we have COVID to blame for that, at least in part (I assume the virus delayed filming a season and that’s why I’m not hearing about a new season airing right now). I figured now might be a good time to give The Orville a shot, and perhaps alternate between episodes of The Orville and Star Trek either until I get tired of The Orville or until I run out of episodes to watch.
But enough background and more chatting about the first episode of The Orville, titled “Old Wounds.” The Orville centers around Ed Mercer, who divorced his wife after he caught her cheating. In the year following their divorce, Mercer got sloppy at work; it was thus somewhat of a surprise when he was given the job of captain on the USS Orville. Mercer requests that his best friend, Gordon Malloy, be brought on as helmsman. It’s unknown until the last minute that Mercer’s ex-wife has been assigned to be first officer. Unsurprisingly, there is quite a bit of tension between Mercer and his ex Kelly Grayson.
With Mercer as captain, the USS Orville’s first mission is to deliver supplies. When they reach their destination, however, they learn that the planet doesn’t really need the requested supplies. Rather, they developed a new device and they are worried that the Krill will attempt to steal it. What the crew of the USS Orville ultimately ended up doing was using the device to destroy the Krill ship, and presumably the device along with it.
At the end of the episode, we learn that Grayson not only requested that she be transferred to the USS Orville, but she also pulled the strings needed in order for Mercer to land the captain gig.
I think that pretty much sums up what the episode was about. What I’m not sure about is whether I like it. I usually want to give shows a few episodes to decide whether I want to continue with it or not. Generally, I find that it takes at least a few episodes for a show to find its footing. Some initial thoughts:
- I’m not sure that the humor is for me. Maybe it’ll grow on me, who knows.
- I’m curious about Grayson’s motivations. Does she want to get back together with Mercer, or does she just feel guilty about how things ended? In either case, I’m sure this will be a recurring thing throughout the series.
With that said, have you seen The Orville? What do you think of it? Do you think it’s worth watching?