The Uncertain Maiden Voyage of The Orville

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“I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”

Many years after seeing 10 Things I Hate About You, I finally have my answer.  Yes.

The Orville totally whelmed me.

The live-action space sci-fi adventure/comedy series premiered Sunday, from series’ writer and co-creator Seth McFarlane. The show is a nod – a huge nod – to the Star Trek universe (sort of by way of Galaxy Quest) with MacFarlane staring as the titular Orville’s new commanding officer Ed Mercer.

The show introduces us to McFarlane’s character just as he returns home to discover his wife Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) in bed with another man alien. This is  accompanied by an premature ejaculation joke, because…Seth McFarlane. Mercer’s downward spiral as an officer in Earth’s interstellar fleet following his divorce from his ex-wife is capped off by her assignment a year…

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