Looks like we have a St@r Tr*k series back, only it's not smug or pompous. The Orville is still The Original Series-type stories on a The Next Generation-level budget, playing with familiar tropes in a competent manner.
Episode Four cribs from Heinlein and Asimov -- and they were cribbing from Tsiolkovsky and Emerson (or at least playing off their work) when they wrote their versions two generations ago, or perhaps three.
My hope is that it it is ST-like enough to keep the network happy, while getting enough Barney Miller effect* from the humanizing effects of humor to remain enjoyable.
* Though it was a situation comedy, Barney Miller is consistently rated as one of the most realistic police TV shows by working law enforcement personnel.
6 days ago