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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 9:27pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

All caught up, thanks to On-Demand.

Really enjoyed the ride so far. And was surprised by the cameo appearance near the end of Episode 4.



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Luke Styer
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 1:57pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I read that he was going to appear at some point in the season in an article that was published before the episode aired, but which I read after I watched it. I'm glad I got to be surprised. 
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 4:05pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I was surprised by that cameo as well. Apparently MacFarlane has famous friends!

(Edited for possible spoilers.)


Edited by Shane Matlock on 05 October 2017 at 4:39pm
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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 7:04pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Apparently MacFarlane has famous friends!

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I wouldn't mind Patrick Warburton as a guest star on a future episode.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 8:00pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Another famous friend -- and another winner.
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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 8:37pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Enjoyed it.

I'm finding myself hoping that the show will give us a Mirror Universe-type episode before too long.  
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 11:07pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Enjoyed the heck out of this one! A good mix of gags and character-based drama.
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 3:49am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Laren, I don't know if a Mirror universe episode would work or not - but there's so many more new stories to dig into before having to recycle/regenerate old TOS plots. I would hate for The Orville to have a "Star Trek: Into Darkness" type story. Although, I might enjoy an Orville captained by Peter Griffin, even while I would dislike it at the same time...

Didn't see the latest episode yet, but I'm confident I'll enjoy it. This has been hitting such a consistently high level of verisimilitude for me... well, as much as could be expected. But Enterprise and some of Voyager felt a little off - as if these Star Trek shows didn't KNOW that they were Star Trek shows.
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 4:29am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I really liked the newest episode. Funny the stuff MacFarlane put into the script (which, by the way, was directed by Jonathan Frakes) between he and this week's very famous friend. The practical joke by Isaac got the biggest laugh out of me in the season so far.
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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I would fully support a dedicated thread.  I have questions about time travel and don't want to post here to respect the spoilers!

Also, I am surprised that the more serious the episode, the more hard-hitting the joke is. I laughed out loud twice.  Not a fan of gags in general, but the well-timed humour based on the characters is awesome.  
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 2:25pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

If they ever do a mirror universe episode, instead of someone with a goatee, how about making Captain Mercer bald, or giving Scott Grimes' character an eyepatch?
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 7:00pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I think Bortus only said a couple of words this episode, but again he cracked me up. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 8:13pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I haven't seen anything else that Mark Jackson, who plays Isaac, has been in. But is it just me, or is he doing one hell of a Brent Spider as Data imitation? And it's not just the inflection. He sounds a LOT like Brent Spiner as Data, particularly from the early seasons of TNG.


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Doug Centers
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 9:38pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Yeah, Data is all I hear when Isaac speaks. 
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 10:39pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I thought it was Brent Spiner doing the voice when I watched the pilot, until I saw the credits.
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 06 October 2017 at 11:44pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Same here, guys. I had to look it up on IMDB to make sure it wasn't Spiner.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 1:13am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Every episode I love it more. My wife turned to me tonight when I said that saying "you hate procedurals" which is, let's face it, what this series is.  One-and-done self contained episodes.  But I keep coming back to the heart I feel in the series.  There's caring, doing the right thing, being honest and representing the best of humanity all wrapped up in 42 minutes. So, yeah, it's a procedural.  But it's comfort food for me.  It's reassurance that no matter how shitty life can be, there's hope.  I honestly feel THE ORVILLE is doing TNG better than TNG.  It's a great follow up to TOS without technically being in the same universe.  

All that to say that I'm in for the whole season and, hopefully, more. 
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 10:11am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

What Matt said!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 10:21am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Found out cast members were at the NYCC and nobody told me while I was there!!!!!!!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 12:27pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Probably the funniest episode so far, but it is amazing how the humour is just the icing on the cake and how robust the show is on many levels.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 12:32pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Also impressed by McFarlane's consistency and output as a writer -- but I do hope he's not going to overdo the 'care to open this jar of pickles for me?'.

Edited by Peter Martin on 07 October 2017 at 12:32pm
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John Byrne

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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 12:43pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Part of the appeal, I think, is that while they are doing STAR TREK, they are not UNdoing STAR TREK.

Unlike Abrams, and, face facts, Roddenberry, they don't have a previous series at which to aim their barbs.

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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 3:10pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

This show gets a wider berth because it's a comedy and because it's not calling itself Star Trek. The few criticisms I've had while watching it are quickly dismissed like the anachronistic references (which, to be fair, was also done in all the actual Trek stuff, just not as much), because this is a Seth MacFarlane comedy, albeit one with lots of well played drama and respect for its source material. I'm impressed he's written every single episode.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 4:25pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

It's not a good idea to use the term "anachronistic" when describing a story set in the Future. If a character in a story set 400 years ago is listening to the Beatles on a transistor radio, we have an anachronism. If a character in a story set 400 years in the Future is doing the same, then we have, at worst, an affectation. We have no way of knowing what will be back in fashion a year from now, let alone centuries hence!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 07 October 2017 at 5:57pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

When they had the clip from The Sound of Music, I thought we'd have nothing but Fox properties that had survived the rigors of time, but then they gave us the Seinfeld clip, so fair play to them.
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