I thought the Discovery pilot (or half-pilot, since I only watched Episode 1) was pretty good...although it was a little heavy-handed with the whole "ooh, that guy is discriminated against among the Klingons because he's a minority skin color
, which would never happen on the more enlightened, inclusive Federation ship" thing. Did they really feel they needed to dumb it down that far for us, or we'd miss the message? (Then again, considering who the current POTUS's base is, perhaps they had cause to feel that this was necessary.)
[Edited to say: Upon further reflection, my saying "which would never happen on the more enlightened, inclusive Federation ship" is unfair, because
So I retract what I said about that.]
Someone really needs to tell The Orville writers that sex jokes aren't automatically clever and funny just because penis = ha ha ha
. Maybe they're aiming for that coveted (?) twelve-year-old boy demographic, but if so, they can have it--they certainly won't have me anymore, after that stinker of a pilot. The problem isn't just the bad writing and acting. The real deal-breaker is that I watch science fiction for escapism, and the current real-life political situation is way too close for comfort to The Orville's premise: a completely incompetent white guy being put in charge of something vitally important, and gosh darn it, isn't it amazing how he manages to bluff his way through again and again, despite being repeatedly way out of his depth?
Why, exactly, is this lightweight of a captain, with no discernible leadership or technical qualifications other than being a reasonably good-looking white guy, the only person available for a position of this importance and authority? (I'm referring to The Orville, if that's not clear.) Is it union seniority rules or something? Seriously, this buffoon is the best that a pool of talent several planets large can do? That's not funny, that's depressing.
I agree that The Orville doesn't seem to know if it's a parody or a serious attempt at presenting a sci-fi show. Currently, it falls between two stools. And I'll leave it there.