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Mentor397
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

For the Orville Fans: If even the Krill and the Union can find common ground to make peace, can't we?

For the Star Trek Fans: If even the Klingons and the Federation can find common ground to make peace, can't we?

-- For the Star Trek Discovery Fans: I've got nothing. Haven't seen the show.

For the Game of Thrones Fans: If even the SPOILER and the SPOILERS found SPOILERS can't we also SPOILERS SPOILERS?

I'm just saying, fighting over this is like every other internet fight - pointless, time-consuming, and beneath all of us.
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Mentor397
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

Based on everything I've liked before, this episode should have been blah, but the ending was more poignant than I'd expected, especially from this show. I keep going back to the end song and playing it.

For the record, I'd never have learned the lesson here. I'd keep tinkering until the original program was unrecognizable. Shrug, it's just me.
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Mentor397
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Blood of Patriots

I try hard not to give ratings. I'll defer on this one. It's better than bad, but it's far from an exceptional episode. I will say that I somewhat enjoy the idea that The Orville sits somewhere between Star Trek and Firefly in terms of optimism for the future. I do think they're still too optimistic, but I'm willing to accept the idea in principle.

I should do a count - that's three chest shots to Alar- I mean, Talla. When/if they bring Alara back, it'll be because you'll be able to see through Talla entirely. I'm happy she at least got to kick some as- err.. butt, this episode, even if it were for a bit.

That being said, I find it beyond optimistic to the extreme to allow anyone captured and imprisoned for twenty years access to _all_ areas of this ship. Clearly, security wasn't keeping as close an eye as I'd have expected, regardless of whether they expected anything untoward from him.

The security protocols that Talla was extending to fill time should have caused a Krill/Union war right then and there. They shouldn't have been angry, they should have just started shooting. If the Krill are that Krill-ish, there should have been no way they would have put up with that.

I know they're trying to be... I don't know the word for it. It's clearly not funny, but it's... half-assed corny. They're never looking for laughing or crying from the audience, they're looking for "Heh" and "Ah".

I have a new theory, if anyone wants to hear it - I watched Family Guy - It's a Trap, a while ago, and noted the same sort of half-humor in it. During the commentary, Seth and others mentioned how they were so tired. I'm wondering if MacFarlane just doesn't have too much on his plate. Hell, Mercer even _looks_ tired when he shouldn't be. I know this is a short season, but that means they have to try harder. It's entirely different when you're producing twenty-four episodes a year than when you're producing half of that. Expectations aside, you have half the chances to make an impression strong enough to bring people back next year.

Has anyone heard if The Orville has been renewed yet? I'm just asking because it was renewed last year at about this point in the first season.
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mentor397
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: The Matrix

I just now noticed these movie reviews were here - I knew about the Star Trek and Star Wars movies long ago. As I'm the first commenter here, I'm guessing I'm not the only one. I'd tell all my friends about it if I had any friends.

The one thing I would like to bring up is the entire concept of the battery - it's impossible. The machines could be keeping us alive for almost any other reason, but a human battery would be the worst sort of efficiency and would leave to a crippling power failure in no time at all.

Besides, if they had any form of fusion, they wouldn't need humans anyway.

I've always imagined that the machines created the world Neo and company live in because it needs human imagination to create its own world, either sharing the world of the humans, or alongside it, sort of like another dimension. Sati, for example, would need a world to grow up in, even if it is vastly different than our own.

Anyway, I like the commentary, and I do like the movie. Good job sir!
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Mentor397
Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 2:07am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part II

On the one hand, the episode turned out better than I expected. I really figured on a hard reset, or a computer virus, or something else. On the other hand, there wasn't a lot about the episode that really surprised me. It hit the notes, but while there weren't a lot of great ones.

In their defense, there was a lot of ground to cover. An two-part episode like this could have easily covered three or more episodes in a proper series. Fox, or McFarlane, seem to be hedging their bets, and their time, with just ten episodes per season. I know I keep making this point, but given what this series seems to be trying to do, the point becomes even stronger.

I'm sad there wasn't any reference to the earlier episode where Isaac said that his relationship with Claire affected his programming. Similarly, I'm sad there was even a token reference to the shuttle cloaking device. Apparently it only works, or is only available, when the plot absolutely calls for it.

I know there had to be a reason for Ty to meet up with Isaac, but the two stations in the communications room weren't that far apart. We've seen Yaphit manipulate multiple things before. It just seems like that is more of a plot device as well.

Finally, I saw the previews for the next episode at the end of this one. Talla gets shot in the chest again. Two episodes doesn't yet make a trope, but two episodes in a row becomes worrisome. Worf... er... Talla needs to kick some butt every now and then to show she's capable of kicking some butt now and then. So far, we've seen her crush a candelabra. OooooOooo
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Mentor397
Mon, Feb 25, 2019, 3:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part I

I liked the instrumental music as they're looking in the building where the Orville docked. It reminded me of the instrumental music when we saw V'Ger for the first time in the first Star Trek movie.

That being said, I think this has some good potential, but I'm going to reserve judgement until I see part two. This could be The Orville's Best of Both Worlds, but it could just as easily be Descent at this point.

I don't want to predict, but I did notice Isaac's eyes stayed blue, while all the other Kaylons have red eyes. Maybe it's a film conceit, but I don't think so.
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Mentor397
Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 5:43am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

Honestly, except for the lack of action, this might just be the best episode yet. I love the levels of moral ambiguity, that not all victims do right. I suppose it depends on the relative society, but accusing Klyden of murder to get back at threatening to out Lokar was a good touch. I'm not defending Klyden by any means, but two wrongs shouldn't make a right.

Sigh. I hate to bring it up, but the Mercer/Grayson relationship is getting old. Again, to bring up a point I keep bringing up in past comments, this level of attention to whatever relationship they have/had would be acceptable over a longer season, but it takes up way too much time for two ten-episode seasons. Okay, they have a past. When Grayson had a new relationship, I figured it would calm down. Evidently not.

Okay, one other thing, to nitpick - I know it's easy, but the Star Trek: TNG method of pressing buttons to reroute, repower, bypass, blah blah get something working is understandable, and somewhat realistic. Just once, I would like to see someone _fix_ something - pull wires, rebuild a unit, weld a crack, replace a pipe, I don't care. Granted, they're not rearranging clear dominoes, but they're well on their way. It's lazy, that's what it is.
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Mentor397
Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 3:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: A Happy Refrain

It took me a long time to watch this episode. I cringed, I stopped watching. Eventually I moved onto other things. It might have taken longer, but my DVR was at 96%.

I admire the effort, and the ending did surprise me. I expected a rehash of TNG, but the fact that they're trying to continue the relationship is intriguing. But, I just don't think The Orville can pull it off.

I'm going to go on a limb here, but I expect more of a show with only ten episodes a season and fare like this, which might have been acceptable of a full-season show, just seems too half-assed to cut it. I _want_ to like The Orville, but as I've said in the past, every episode seems like Dredd Pirate Cumerbund talking to Westley - "Good work. Get some rest. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." I'm sticking with the show because I've stuck with it, but I'm not excited about it.

Sorry. It has potential, but almost wholly unrealized.
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Mentor397
Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

I haven't read all the comics, but I do have to say there is one, tiny argument going for The Orville - Star Trek, especially TNG, occurs in a near-sterile galaxy. There may be thousands, or millions of different alien species out there in the world, but if something happens, it's nearly only one species - the government, that deals with something like this.

I don't know if star travel will ever be as common as in a universe like Star Wars, but imagine the pressure of trying to initiate a first contact, not before the Krill or some other government, but before a group of civilians or business interests get there first. Yeah, I know there's no money in the world of The Orville, but I imagine there would be a big boost to a "reputation" just for being first. People would jump at the idea, regardless of what the possible outcomes of being unprepared were.

On the other hand, we found out how much the crew of The Orville learned from observing the planet for a month. That kind of preparation seems like it should have been done the first time.
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Mentor397
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Home

I posted before, and since then, there has been _nothing_ from _anyone_ in the know about Alara's departure.

I know that IMDB is not infallible, but the fact that they have Alara listed for the rest of the season, combined with the derth of real information or comment, makes me think this is merely a break, at best, and a Brian Griffin moment at worst. Best. Shrug, I'm not really commenting on whether it's a good idea, just whether we've seen the last of Alara.

I/we'll find out in a couple days, more'n likely, but I think that given schedule constraints, Halston Sage may have a more limited role in a few episodes, while the replacement security officer will continue to annoy the crew who will ultimately welcome back Alara in desperation and open arms.
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Mentor397
Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 10:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Home

I liked Alara. I'm not sure why. Her being cute surely helped, but it seemed like there were more directions to take the character, with less opportunities for _just_ crass humor. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the humor, but sometimes it's overplayed.

I didn't know she was leaving. While I try to find out information from the shows I watch, I try really hard to avoid spoilers, save for previews from the next episode. As far as the show goes, this pretty much came out of nowhere. I've since looked and seen the rumor about her dating career, and if so, that's disappointing. I don't care who she dates, but it's hard on the fans.

Aside from that, this show mostly works. I hope the temporary security guy stays temporary. So far, his schtick seems to just be that he's annoying. Originally, I'd assumed it was a way to justify Alara coming back on the ship, but now I think it's to torture the fans.
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Mentor397
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 4:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

I don't hate The Orville - in fact, I see it as I once saw Star Trek: The Next Generation. Star Trek: TNG was at the right time in my life, when I was a young teen, and I was fresh off of Star Wars and movies like Star Trek II. I wanted action, adventure, some science, and a cool looking ship.

In the end, I got Star Trek: TNG and was mostly disappointed. I'm not saying that every episode should be about action, but my interests lie more toward the technology than the people that operated it.

In similar ways, The Orville is the same thing. I like the fact that it doesn't take itself as seriously as Trek did/does. I dislike the fact that everything on The Orville exists at or just below the surface. I like the technology shown, but I dislike how shallow it exists in the show - it reminds me of the original Star Trek, in a way. There's as much technobabble, but there's little attempt to make it _seem_ like it's real within the show.

This episode was about characters, and it took a while to get to where little it was heading. I don't mind that, though it meant that with my goldfish-inspired attention span, it took me all night to watch it. (I'm writing this while taking a break in the middle of Primal Urges.)

It also occurs to me that regardless of MacFarlane has on his plate, only fourteen episodes this season should mean more of an effort. I'm probably spoiled by Game of Thrones, but I would expect less from a show that had twice the number of episodes in a season. Having an episode about "nothing", while interesting, also means that the loss of more otherwise memorable episodes is far greater.

Whew. Sorry about the length! I tend to babble when I'm on pain meds.
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Mentor397
Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 8:36am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

It could be worse - they could have bumped him back to ensign for as long as Harry Kim was. At least Paris got to rebel a bit.
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Mentor397
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 6:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

I have my own blog where I posted a much-poorer review of the series, from the standpoint of this episode. That's not important. I commented on some similarities and differences with the Fox show, Firefly.

Needless to say, I found it an interesting coincidence that later in this episode, one of the guest stars on that show, in the episode "Safe" was in this episode, "Mad Idolatry" - Erica Tazel.

I really hope this show does better than Firefly did. I'm still on the fence about the show in general, but I definitely think it takes more than twelve episodes for a series to find its footing and figure out where it wants to go. The seeds are here for a decent show, if they have the wit to make proper use of them.
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Mentor397
Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 7:29am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

It's late, but I finally finished this episode. It feels like it hit me with a rock. This feels about as heavy handed and unsubtle as Star Trek: TNG too oftendid. I'm not saying it's bad to emulate Star Trek, nor do I think there are a lot of options for an hour-long episodic show, but it gets old really quick.

My biggest problem is something that just occurred to me - This show has already been renewed for a second season. That's fine. The offensive part is that Firefly didn't even get a full one. Fifteen years aren't long enough for these wounds to heal.
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Mentor397
Sat, Apr 2, 2011, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

I didn't have much to say really, I enjoy your take on these episodes, even if I don't always agree with them. I wanted to point out, politely, before anyone else in a mean way might, that it's "brig" not "bring".

Seriously, good work.
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Mentor397
Mon, May 11, 2009, 8:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

For the episode Booby Trap, I wonder how the officers aboard the Enterprise can reconcile their feelings about putting their lives in the control of computers with how they regularly entrust Data with the same. It might seem a giant step for us in the early 21st-century, but in the 24th, I'd be surprised if that step wasn't crossed quite regularly.
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