Geekery: Seth MacFarlane Takes on Star Trek

Sometimes you don’t get the Star Trek series you want, but you get The Orville you need.

The new series from Seth MacFarlane definitely doesn’t try to hide what it is.

The cast includes Adrianne Palicki, and Family Guy alumns Scott Grimes and J. LeeIt has a bit of a Galaxy Quest vibe to it.

The official synopsis:

The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.

Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki).

Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.


~The Orville will hit small screens later this year along with The Gifted and Ghosted.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Looks ok. Will have to see. I know Seth wanted to do a Trek show forever, but he kept being told wait and see or so the rumors go.

  • georgelabour

    So long ash e can keep his bigotry and politics out of it it should be a hoot.

    Especially if he gets a chance to sing. Man has got some darn fine pipes on him.

    • SilentPony

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he sings the opening theme

  • Donald Wendt

    Well that looks fun. I can always use more Galaxy Quest.

  • SilentPony

    It has potential. I hope he does more than just deleted family guy jokes. Actual parodies of ST episodes would be great.

  • Trey

    sounds dreadful. not sarcasm.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Babylon 5 was meh!?

      • Trey

        No.. just the divorced Ex story line.. B5 was the the best SCI-FI series broadcast to date in my opinion.

        • kobalt60

          B5 is an odd abbreviation for Battlestar Galactica

          • NNextremNN

            What? Never heard of that …

            just kidding but it still can’t compete with ST, B5 or Stargate Atlantis and I’m not even talking about that crappy remake.

      • Darth Bumbles

        B5 started as a Trek idea, IIRC. And season 1 WAS meh. Once it fund its feet and started doing its own thing it was excellent.

        • Trey

          if you mean B5 was copy of DS9, there is a problem B5 predates DS9

          If you mean it was a show in space, well that is a bit broad after all buck rogers etc.. were in the 30’s

          But yes Season 1 was a lot of stage settings but still very good episodes Midnight on the Firing line, Death Walker, The Long dark.. More good to very good than meh eps, but I am biased.

          • Darth Bumbles

            I seem to recall reading somewhere that B5 was pitched to CBS/Paramount as a Trek series, JMS was told “no” and toddled off to do his own thing, while Trek bosses eventually went “let’s do a series set on a space station”.

          • Trey

            Read the attached link to TOR it has a good bit of detail.

          • Wolf-Assassin

            It would be interesting to see actual evidence of when the showes where pitced and for whom. the only evidence that article claims is a coment from someone claiming to have worked for WB. his linkedin account say he worked there from september 93. DS9 first aired 3 Januari 93.

          • Trey

            Logic dictates* B5 being first as the need to get backing would mean it HAD to start before DS9 with their deep pockets at Paramount.

            *Yes I shamelessly stole that

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          Season 1 was fine. The real problem was that Michael O’Hare was not the kind of actor they needed for the role. He was more a teddy bear, rather than a bold soldier (which is something Bruce Boxleitner was very good at).

          Season 2 onwards, the show was ace.

          Having said that, the first season of most TV shows is pretty terrible by comparison to what the shows become (this is VERY true of Star Trek).

      • euansmith

        A classic series of high concept sci-fi.–3WZYEEhk

  • Jabberwokk

    It’s like every dark hellish thing about voyager but worse…so much worse.


  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    This looks so funny!

  • Darth Bumbles

    Adrienne Palicki. Well, I’ll give it an episode because of her.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I was surprised to see her. I guess this really means we are not going to see a Mockingbird show, or have her return to SHIELD 🙁

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I would watch pretty much any show with her in it.

  • NovaeVox

    FOX’s inclination to green light Seth McFarlane projects, divided by their propensity to F-up even well-written sc-fi… Carry the one…

    Screw it! I give it two seasons and a couple of references on Adult Swim.

    • georgelabour

      SCi-fi on fox.

      I give it four episodes and then replaced by three shows that won’t last past the first two episodes.

  • AircoolUK

    Would have preferred a family guy version. For some reason, his humour doesn’t translate as well in person.

    Still, as a subject of parody, its barely been touched…

  • Shawn

    So that means Agents of Shield wrote off Mockingbird, yeah?

  • Tothe

    Fox cancels good shows. I have a hunch this will not be a good show.

  • Looks fun 😀

  • NNextremNN

    Sounds more like Galaxy Quest than Star Trek. I would trust Seth with the first … not so sure about the later.

  • Maurice

    Aliens look cool but what a load of horse crap. Didn’t even get through the whole trailer. The ex-wife thing looks annoying as hell.
    No thank you.

    • memitchell

      Ex-wives are annoying as hell! At least, all the good ones are.

      • Maurice

        And who thinks that watching two divorced adults fighting is fun? Looks like another stupid rom-com, but in space.

  • Dan

    I’d be more interested if Seth Macfarlane could act or deliver a punchline significantly better than an average piece of drywall.

  • memitchell

    I have teenage kids. I was younger than they are now when I watched the original Star Trek when it first ran on TV. Been a closet Trekky since, despite the abysmal movies, and Voyager. My kids could care less. They aren’t into Star Trek at all. They are barely into Star Wars . It’s a generational timing thing. It also doesn’t help that futuristic gee whiz technology from thirty years ago is obsolete now. Besides, who would spend time in a holodeck recreating a chapter from Pride and Prejudice. You’d be online playing “real” Call of Duty with your buddies on other starships. A new, funny version of Star Trek might inspire a “next” generation.

  • eMtoN

    The preview was funny. The troll is strong with this one.

    • Maurice

      Try not to confuse criticism and skepticism with trolling.

      • eMtoN

        Try not to confuse the subject of a post. I was saying that Seth is trolling Star Trek fans.

        • Maurice

          Point noted, my misstep.