Having missed that, I actually watched episode 4 and I can say that three quarters of the episodes thus far have not reeked of vomit and shame. In fact the three I've seen have all been quite solidly mediocre.
This is a by the numbers Star Trek show that appears to have been written by the perfectly straightforward method of recording week night sessions of Star Trek the Role-Playing Game, where the house rules include "no transporters" and two of the players really just want to play Starfleet Battles, so the GM sets up a separate Hex map for them in the table next to the wet bar.
At least that's what it feels like.
It's REALLY not high art, but I'm going to keep rolling the dice on this show for now.
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Oct 3 22:42:17 2017 (TYvUn)
So far I like the show. They may have front-loaded the fart jokes to an extent.
Episode 3 was a better version of TNG's
, and 4 was a pretty good version of TOS'
For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.
Spoilers to protect those episodes, not the old ones.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 4 13:55:07 2017 (ECH2/)
Aww, man, I was sure I put those spoiler tags in right.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 4 13:55:49 2017 (ECH2/)
Rick: "Episode 3 was a better version of TNG's (spoiler)" I disagree, even though I disliked that TNG episode, and the reason is: the 5th-season TNG episode took a well-developed character and put him into a situation that challenged his attitudes and the audience's expectations. Its failures were arguably due to not being able to get away with more in 1992.
The corresponding Orville episode fails largely because no one put any real thought into it (and, yes, I've read detailed spoilers of how it's resolved).
How does Bortus' species reproduce? As presented, two 'males' come together and produce an egg. Bortus' mate was a sex-changed 'female', but unless all successful matings require one partner to be a former 'female' (not suggested in the episode, I don't think), then there is no biological function for a 'female'. And if one is required, then 'she' hasn't actually been sex-changed into a 'male', just bulked up to look 'male', and their entire society is a fraud. But both the parents and the ship's doctor immediately recognize the child as a just-like-humans female, and the doc's understanding of the operation to be performed is to change her into a just-like-humans male. For more fun, she (IIRC) tosses off a line about females being born only once every 70 years or so, which makes the whole thing sound less like a biological sex issue and more like a translation error: what they call 'female' can't be what humans call female.
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Oct 4 15:22:41 2017 (tgyIO)