“The Orville”, while not in the “Star Trek” canon, has done much to restore the episodic tradition of the Original Series of Star Trek and its successor, The Next Generation. What I mean by episodic is that for the most part each episode stands alone and is a self-contained story. While there may be some two-parters, you don’t have the half-season or longer “story arcs” which have become common in the more indulgent era of cable and binge-watching on streaming services.
“The Orville” doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it is no sense a parody. There are episodes which explore serious themes such as up-voting and down-voting on social networks.... [Read More]