The Orville had a great run at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. First, there was the Orville Experience and then a unique unveiling at their panel on Saturday afternoon. It’s safe to say that Seth McFarlane and crew had a busy weekend and that fans were elated at the level of enthusiasm.
For those of you unaware, The Orville is a science-fiction comedic drama that takes place 400 years into our future. Inspired by such classics as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, viewers are taken on journeys to different planets and solar systems alike. Captain of the Orville Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) works alongside his ex-wife and first officer Commander Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki). Together with their band of misfits consisting of: Doctor Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), Lieutenant Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), Lieutenant Commander Bortus (Peter Macon), Lieutenant Commander John LaMarr (J. Lee), Isaac (Mark Jackson), and Lieutenant Talla Keyali (Jessica Szohr) as they keep the galaxy safe one crazy adventure at a time. There is a never-ending string of oddities and mishaps that get in their way every now and again, but they always seem to find their way out of any pickle thrown at them. Overall, The Orville has a little something for every viewer whether it be romance, drama, comedy or action.
The Orville Experience was open at SDCCI and gave fans an inside look at their set. There were props, costumes, a replica of the Orville and concept art that people could go through. This was akin to an Orville museum that really made the experience that more special. The great thing about it was, the experience was open to the public so any curious eyes could peak in. Upon walking through, one would see actual props from the show and costumes worn by the crew themselves. This really demonstrates that the team behind The Orville really and truly care about putting on a good show for their beloved fanbase.
The panel at SDCCI was also one for the books. McFarlane kept the crowd entertained as he answered various questions, some lewd in nature however there were a few that stood out above the rest. It appears Star Wars took place in this timeline and Alara may make some cameo appearances during season three. It’s been said that the upcoming season, expected in 2020, will be the greatest and most surprising yet. The team wants every episode to be as movie-like as possible and hope for bigger and more high-tech fights in the future. They even dished about how they’d like to make their own film in the future. The biggest surprise was that season three will be aired on Hulu rather than Fox.
The Orville is a series near and dear to my heart. It has a way of keeping me staring at the television eating fistfuls of popcorn for hours on end. The cast and crew put everything they have into what they do and it’s clear as day. It’s not often we see this in shows and from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate it. If you haven’t yet seen The Orville, I highly recommend it. In the end, they knocked their part of SDCCI out of this world.