The Orville is truer to 1960's Star Trek than Discovery
I watched the first episode. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It wasn't a laugh riot, but to be honest, I found myself not wanting it to be. I actually (strangely) found myself wishing they'd played it a bit more straight, or at least made the confrontation with the Krill a bit more serious and tense.
Also, I found the visuals of "The Orville" to be a lot more....uh... comfortable(?) than "Discovery". I know that "Discovery" is going for a darker tone, but I just can't stand the sets. Even the sets on DS9 seemed more cozy and less oppressive than the ones on "Discovery". I don't know what it is, but something about "Discovery" really pisses off my subconscious mind for some reason.
...but back to "The Orville". I'll continue to watch it, but as soon as I feel that they've warped over top of the cosmic space shark, I'm out.
- My husband and I thought that Isaac was being voiced by Brent Spiner. Was anyone else fooled?
- We loved Justin (the holographic ogre). We'll be very disappointed if he doesn't come back. I'm hoping he either gets a mobile emitter, or they feature him heavily in holodeck based episodes, a la Dixon Hill, Moriarty, Leonardo Da Vinci, the Ancient West, etc.