Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The Orville is a Retro-Clone
This isn't going to be a long blog post.
I've watched the first 3 episodes of the Seth MacFarlane created Star Trek homage (still haven't seen Discovery yet). And that's just what The Orville is - an homage. It's not a parody or spoof or comedic send-up of Star Trek. It's a re-imagining, except a bit more lighthearted with occasional jokes.
In that way, The Orville is like a retro-clone. Created to basically do what the original did, but in a slightly different way - some things are updated, sensibilities are tweaked, new adventures, etc.
I guess Star Trek has been around so long and has been so influential to televised scifi that they don't need an Open Game License.
It's not what I was expecting, but I think it's a good show and will continue to watch it. I was hoping to see something silly, outrageous, and nostalgic with epic fail proportions. Since this is 2017, I kind of thought American audiences were ready for scifi and sex, but we might have to wait another decade for that (at least we have pot brownies, tequila, and inter-species boxing).
So, I can't in good faith compare The Orville to Alpha Blue - which is what I was expecting to do just before the first episode aired. They're totally different. And that's cool. Disappointing, but cool. Whatever.
Until the world gets the episodic sleazy space opera comedy circa 1980 that it deserves, I'll leave you with some artwork that's much better than the actual movies.
Also, I launched a brand new Kickstarter for a post-apocalypse adventure / toolkit called Gamma Turquoise: Santa Fe Starport, and there's a stellar deal on all the Alpha Blue PDFs currently available!
In the meantime, enjoy what you enjoy and I'll see you in the outer limits of the erogenous zone!
p.s. I keep forgetting to mention my little automated demonstration of Alpha Blue online - create a character and go on a quick mission or two!