Following tonight’s big premiere, what will The Orville episode 2 do to continue the story of Ed and the rest of the crew? Tonight on Fox, the Seth MacFarlane series is hoping to generate some big premiere ratings thanks in part to an NFL lead-in. What people may discover in the process is that this show isn’t some screwball comedy. MacFarlane is a huge fan of outer space, and there are some elements of this that will intentionally feel like an homage to Star Trek much more so than a Galaxy Quest or something in that ilk.
We’re curious to see how The Orville especially fares commercially, given that the format for the show is going to be so unique these first couples of weeks. Before settling into a timeslot on Thursday nights, you will see new episodes airing at around 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m. Pacific depending on when the end of the NFL games are for that given week. It’s a chance to actually share a program live in all parts of the country, and it’s also a chance to get the biggest possible viewership. We’ll comment a little bit more on this once we start to see what the ratings are, and whether or not the risk here is worth the reward.
If you look below, you can see some additional news regarding what The Orville episode 2 will bring to the table when it comes to the story.
The Orville episode 2 synopsis – “When Ed and Kelly are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home, Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden receive some happy, yet unexpected news.”
One of the biggest things that The Orville is going to need to work on in subsequent weeks to tonight is the relationship between MacFarlane’s Ed and Adrianna Palicki’s Kelly. They need to have a strong working chemistry, and also need to figure out how to coexist provided the plan is for them to spend a good bit of time together on the show. Also, exploring more of Kelly’s history here is integral to determining if the show works or not.
The promo below is almost even more reflective of some of the highs and lows of The Orville. When the show works as a great science fiction show, it’s actually quite good. The problem is that because this is MacFarlane, the series is being promoted as more of a silly comedy than it is. We hope that dedicated fans of the genre stick with it mostly for the characters.
Are you planning to watch The Orville episode 2 following the premiere tonight, and do you think that airing right after NFL games will benefit the show in some huge way? Share in the comments, and be sure to come back to CarterMatt for more in the near future. (Photo: Fox.)