Are you looking for something different than the usual science fiction drama? Something funny that still contains spaceships, aliens, and robots? Maybe you are still really hoping for the Galaxy Guest sequel. If you are, Seth MacFarlane’s new show titled The Orville may be just what you’re looking for. Fox’s new series is a science fiction comedy set 400 years in the future and revolves around Seth MacFarlane‘s character, Ed Mercer, after he is given command of a an exploratory ship called the U.S.S. Orville.
In the series, Earth is part of the Planetary Union that explores the galaxy as part of a peaceful exploration mission. The Union has 3,000 ships and not enough personnel so Mercer is given the helm of the Orville simply because there is no one else. He knows that he is being given a break and sees the Orville as his last chance to prove himself. Mercer has just been through a bitter divorce and his stewardship is not made any easier when he learns that his ex-wife Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) is assigned as his first officer.
Just like you would expect, the crew is made up a of several different alien species. Among them are:
- Bortus, who is part on an all male species who only urinate once a year (played by Peter Macon).
- Alana, whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior strength everywhere else (played by Halston Sage).
- Isaac, an artificial life-form who believes he is superior to all other life-forms (played by Mark Jackson).
- Yaphit, a gelatinous blob (voiced by Norm MacDonald).
One of their first missions is to deliver supplies to one of the Union’s science stations. When they arrive, they discover that the station is being threatened by a species called the Krill. Mercer and the crew of the Orville must protect the science station to keep the Krill from obtaining a device they created that speeds up time on objects.
The series appears to be full of awkward moments and one-liners. If it is anything like MacFarlane’s other series and movies, there will be lots of laugh out loud moments. The Orville premieres this fall on Fox. Check out the first trailer below!