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Hirsch
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 10:45am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

Yes, this was bland, most definitely ... but IMO the acting of the children was FAR better than the performance of the two adult guest actors in "Too short a season".
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Hirsch
Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 4:28am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

I completeley agree with Jammer's Review.

Overall, this episode's story is very TNGish, combined with the simplicity and predictability of bad TOS episodes.

I'm still quite disappointed about the path The Orville/Seth McFarlane decided to follow. (I don't want to repeat my banter on "Home" - just a few words:)

Quite many people were complaining about the first season not finding its own rhythm or style. - After having watched five dull, not very funny, but very predictable episodes of season 2, I'm absolutely sure:

In season 1, they HAD found their style and their place in SciFi TV. Everything was possible, anything could happen, every show was a surprise, every show was funny (yes, sometimes goofy or gross) - but always kinda ... fresh.

Now they found their routine - and it bores me, because it's a mix of bad TOS combined with bad TNG. What a shame.
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Hirsch
Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 5:22am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Home

I don‘t know. After having watched 3 episodes of season 2, I‘m quite disappointed about the result of the series' search for its own course.

In fact, I think the roller coaster-like season 1 showed already what this show is capable of: Anything.

You never knew what kind of style would be the next episode. Screwball comedy (Cupid‘s Dagger)? Adventure (Into the Fold)? Moral discussion (About a Girl)? And it was always enjoyable, often funny, sometimes hilarious and/or goofy, mostly interesting. When I was watching this season 1, I often asked myself: What do they really want to be? Amongst all these extremes, where will they settle?

And, well, now I‘m thinking they should have settled where they were in season 1 – anywhere. They were able to do anything – and it was entertaining. In retrospect, it was very cool to be surprised by every single episode. Everything felt fresh. The plots were often quite simple, but saved by fun and surprising elements.

Now, after having watched „Home“, I have to say that most things that once felt fresh are quite stale now, not to say dull.

First of all: Why did they decide to broadcast three crew-centered episodes in a row? Why did Seth McFarlane destroy half of Bortus‘ character in the two first episodes of season 2? His „Pee Pon Farr“ at the end of the episode was staged in a quite boring and disappointing way. The TOS allusion (lighting, landscape … and being ep 1 of season 2) was nothing more than an allusion that went nowhere but down the canyon together with Bortus‘ urine.

An then poor Bortus had to be turned into an insincere, treacherous cybersex addict. Sorry, Seth. Porn addiction being a serious issue for many people, granted, it‘s quite stupid to transform the most faithful, and thus unintentionally most hilarious character into a being rather not to be trusted or loved, despite all his good intentions and him apparently being as punctual as before ep 2 in ep 3.

But his „I will not fail you, captain“ will never make me laugh.

And the second (and last) character taking seriously her job on the bridge has left us now in episode 3. Great.

While I‘m writing this, I do not know yet Alara‘s successor, but the DVD cover is quite revealing, though.

So, well, there seems to be a little chance that the bridge and the audience are not completely left alone with „dude-bro“-type crew members. - Well, yeah, the dude-bro-talk IS quite hilarious from time to time – but it‘s no great fun to watch them act and talk without counterparts. Already now, LaMarr‘s ¼ liner „Boom“ ain‘t very funny any more. The appearance of new freaky minor characters saying and doing stupid things neither.

So, to resume my first thought: It seems that The Orville has found now its pace. A lot of comments here at Jammer‘s seem to have wished exactly this. And they seem to like the results.

I don't.
Unfortunately it‘s a quite TOS-like mood what they chose to be their credo, including lowered speed, quite predictable plots, gags and punch lines - and less fun. Not really my cup of tea anymore.
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Hirsch
Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 1:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

There's only one good thing to say about this cringeworthy episode:

This time, Kirk did not kiss the female alien (usually it happens in minute 35:00 of an average show) , as he does in two out of three episodes of season 2 - in order to save his crew, mankind, script or whatever there is to save.
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Hirsch
Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 12:53am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

@ Soji

You got the point. That's what I meant when I said that I always smile watching the scene: We all love Star Trek for so many reasons, but this stupid 60's miniskirt machismo of TOS is undoubtedly part of the Saga, too.

I hope there's no need to seriously discuss about it any more - I consider scenes like these simply as unintentionally funny.
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Hirsch
Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

I wonder why nobody here has mentioned yet one of the most beautiful Kirk-esque phrases of the whole Star Trek Universe that happens to be spoken out in this episode:

"Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate, but a woman always remains a woman."

It makes me always smile when I rewatch it.
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