REVIEW: The Orville – Season 2, Episode 6 “A Happy Refrain”

One of the strengths of science fiction is that it can encompass virtually any other genre. Star Wars, for example, incorporates classic fantasy elements in its galaxy far, far away; Blade Runner is a hardboiled detective noir involving androids; Alien is a horror movie in space. The Orville, like Star Trek before it, uses its …

REVIEW: The Orville – Season 2, Episode 1 “Ja’loja”

After a year-plus-long wait – a tough pill to swallow when the show in question is on network television – The Orville has finally returned. I watched the series premiere last September expecting a Star Trek spoof with Seth MacFarlane’s particular brand of humor (which many have soured on, I guess, but it still appeals …