Seth MacFarlane led The Orville made an interstellar splash when it hit Fox channels this past fall. Quickly developing its fan base with intricately crafted science fiction storytelling, leaning on the explorative spirit of Star Trek and Lost in Space, as well as MacFarlane’s trademark sense of humor and narrative, The Orville became heralded by critics throughout its first season. As recently announced by Fox, The Orville has been signed for a second season, allowing MacFarlane and company to continue to boldly go where few comedy programs have before, straight to the hearts of the most diligent science fiction fans, while at once being enjoyed by audiences at large.
The Orville tells the story of Captain Ed Mercer, leader of The Orville, and ex-wife and commander of The Orville, Kelly Grayson, along with stories of the crew of the ship, and the discoveries made in deep space. The Orville makes perfect use of decade’s worth of science fiction influences and manages to subvert them for surprising encounters in what may feel like familiar space for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica fans. The Orville has stood out as a surprising television series for MacFarlane who is known for his animated series’ focusing on comedy focus, whereas The Orville is particularly serious in tone while playfully adopting humor elements throughout.
With a second season of the series it is likely we will see MacFarlane delve deeper into world building and providing his characters with a more intricate backgrounds, while at once allowing the twisting and turning sci-fi nature of the series to show through more broadly. Without a doubt The Orville has become a surprise hit for a variety of different T.V. fans, and will bring us another season of sci-fi hi-jinks on the bridge of the federation ship in 2018. To find out more about The Orville, and the upcoming season 2, visit https://www.fox.com/the-orville.