The First Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Star Trek Spoof The Orville Looks Perfect

Seth MacFarlane leads The Orville. Image: Fox
Seth MacFarlane leads The Orville. Image: Fox
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When Star Trek Discovery is going to make it to the airwaves is anyone’s guess. Until then, though, we’ve got what looks like the next best thing: Seth MacFarlane’s spoof of the franchise, The Orville.


Fox just released the first trailer for the show, which stars MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki as a divorced couple who are basically Kirk and Spock on a brand new spaceship with a suitably crazy crew. Here’s the trailer.

I’m not usually a fan of MacFarlane’s shows because they’re always so on the nose with their references and humor. But, in the case of The Orville, I think that works perfectly. There are no qualms that this show is exactly what it is, a spoof of Star Trek, and adding in the romantic dynamic is a fun touch. I’m here for this.

The Orville will air Thursdays later this year on Fox.


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Well, according to every other commenter here, I am apparently a complete moron because I actually found this funny and entertaining.

I am also pretty damn impressed by the designs and production values on display. The ship is pretty nifty, and all the costuming and alien design are on point and played straight. I wonder how big a drop in quality the fx will undergo after the pilot.

But again, take all of this with a grain of salt, because as other commenters have explained, anybody who likes anything that unfunny hack McFarlane does is a complete and utter idiot. So what do I know?