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Another Michael
Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 1:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

While I really like the Orville and think it has made some great strides of late, this episode is maybe the least interesting of the season to me. Everything is so predictable. I knew the resistance base would be invaded thirty seconds after they got there because that is what always happens in these stories. Same thing with sending a solution back into the past with the time mcguffin. While other current sci fi series with very similar plots fail to achieve even this level of competence (this time travel plot is much less confused and arbitrary than STD) it still doesn’t work for me. I could almost get behind the fate of the union being decided by a relationship, but not Ed and Kellys. The writers have gone there too often, there just isn’t much of anything left to explore in their relationship. Also, the relationship that we know actually makes the difference is Finn and Isaac, so making the shows’ leads the focus here seems strange.

While I endorse them trying to tie their big sci fi arcs to actual relatable character pieces, and while I recognize that a lot of these story elements and action bits will be enjoyed and applauded by by others, particularly those who haven’t yet seen other sequences which seem to inspire them, to me this is an unfortunate misfire. I appreciated the last episode more than most, although it was flawed, largely because it still had some ideas (regret, how people change, how people can be poorly matched, how timing can ruin things, etc.) Nothing incredibly deep, but still authentic and real. This last episode, however, was just boilerplate apocalypse procedural. Not good, not bad, not really anything, just a collection of scenes from other shows and movies repurposed and glued together.

Season 2 was pretty great overall. Many things I really enjoyed. Looking forward to season 3.
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Another Michael
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 10:56am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

After rewatching this again, I agree with Jammer that it is one of the best of the series. It’s a clever use of the sci fi theme to talk about a lot of very real and relatable issues, it makes good use of it’s characters, and is both emotionally compelling and just the right amount of funny. It’s great stuff, and I greatly appreaciate that they didn’t feel the need to throw in unnecessary action. That kind of restraint is wonderful to see. The Orville definitely grew into it’s own this season, but this one really stands out to me as being incredibly brave, thoughtful and surprisingly naunced. 5/5
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Another Michael
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 3:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

I loved this episode almost from start to finish. It’s about a compelling moral issue, has great peformances, and explores the politics of the union in an interesting way. I could have done without the skirmishing... but hey, it’s crowdpleasing, it’s meaningful within the context of the narrative, especially for Bortas, and it’s pretty short, so it gets a pass. I admit the Dolly Parton thing also kind of threw me at first, but it’s both fun and adorable, and I love the Orville for it’s eagerness.

Overall, this episode and the last have proven the concept of the Orville as show in my mind. Season two has been a dramatic improvement in basically every way. The Orville is now a smart, thoughtful show that engages with substantive issues both large and small, while painting the picture of a better world. At it’s best, it manages to be funny, compelling, exciting and often very touching. It is, as Seth described it, aspirational. I love it.

5/5
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Another Michael
Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 3:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

@Daya & Alan Roi

To both, while I realize this is the wrong place to be making this argument, I’ll just say that simpler is usually better in storytelling, especially in science fiction which tends to gravitate to grandiose thinking. “Saving all sentient life in thr galaxy” is much less interesting than a simple act of throwing someone out of a “burning building” because it’s something we could actually do.
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Another Michael
Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 5:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

Everyone has broken this one down rather well, but I just want to highlight one point.

Re: Pike. To paraphrase above, this not a fantasy element, it’s maybe the most ridiculous, arbitrary and obvious plot device ever concieved. What’s more, it is exactly the kind of thing people (rightly imo) despise about the SW prequels, this lowest possible effort “storytelling” method that seems to anyways rely on drilling down into every piece of previously established lore and making it worse in the process. Yes, Anson Mount gave a great performance, but put that aside. Before, Pike was someone who was injured saving others in a tragic accident. Now, he is someone who traded a “time crystal” for being locked into a horrific injury at some time in the future, in order to save “all sentient life in the galaxy”. Ask yourself which of these is more relatable.
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