The Orville Trivia

The Orville Trivia
 

 

The Orville Trivia

Seth MacFarlane plays Ed Mercer.

The ship is named “The Orville” in reference to Orville Wright, one of the two Wright Brothers who pioneered heavier-than-air flight; Mercer has a model of the Wrights’ plane on display on his desk.

The cowboy outfit Ed wears in “About a Girl” is very similar to the costume Seth MacFarlane wore in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Victor Garber, who played Admiral Halsey in the pilot, had been the warden of the Klingon prison colony Rura Penthe in a Deleted Scene from Star Trek (2009).

Brian George (Richard Bashir on DS9 and Ambassador O’Zaal on Star Trek: Voyager) had a guest role in the pilot.

Steven Culp (Major Hayes on Star Trek: Enterprise) plays an alien publicist in “Majority Rule”.

Brian Thompson, who had several guest spots across the Trek franchise (being one of the biggest go-to “scary badass” guest actors of the ’90s) plays an antagonist in “Into the Fold.”

Robert Picardo (the Doctor program on Star Trek: Voyager) plays Alara’s father.

MacFarlane himself made a cameo appearance as a crewmember in Star Trek: Enterprise.

John Billingsley (Phlox, the doctor from Star Trek: Enterprise) plays a guest character with a grudge against Alara’s father.

Ed’s bad experience with pot as revealed in “Command Performance” Note  is also really what happened to Seth MacFarlane and is in fact, the reason he no longer smokes it in real life.

This is the only serialized live action show that Seth MacFarlane has created, as opposed to his animated works, Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show. It also takes place in a serious setting that just happens to have a lot of jokes sprinkled into it, rather than just being a constant joke machine.

MacFarlane made the show primarily due to his dismay at the Darker and Edgier direction the sci-fi genre had taken, as an attempt to bring back a sense of optimism to it. It’s worth repeating that The Orville was not created as an intentional counterpoint to Star Trek: Discovery; a year-long delay in Discovery’s release resulted in the two shows going head to head.

A lot of the space shots are done with practical effects on a large model of the Orville, despite the technical difficulty (each shot requires at least six passes with a motion-controlled camera), to give the ship a solid on-screen presence that CGI can’t achieve.

As seen by his use of Neil deGrasse Tyson as a scientific advisor on Family Guy, and his executive producer credit on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Seth MacFarlane has a massive amount of respect for space and the exploration thereof, which comes through in the show constantly.

The Orville is shaping up to rival Star Trek: Discovery. One is a Work Com IN SPACE! heavily influenced by Star Trek and one plays it completely straight, both with a cast of veteran character actors, and both with vastly superior special effects to any previous Star Trek series. The fact the release of Discovery was delayed by nearly a full year resulted in the unintended scenario where The Orville debuted only two weeks before Discovery, leading to much head-to-head comparison of the two series.

The show’s production cast and crew are a marriage of production posses: an increasing number of Star Trek alumni as well as actors, writers, and producers from Seth MacFarlane’s other projects.

Behind the scenes, Brannon Braga is an executive producer, Andre Bormanis (who served as a science consultant and story editor from Star Trek: The Next Generation all the way to Star Trek: Enterprise) is a supervising producer, and Robert Duncan McNeill, David A. Goodman, James Conway and Jonathan Frakes are involved as well.

Seth MacFarlane had previously gotten the chance with the crew from Star Trek: Enterprise through a guest role as an engineer aboard the Columbia.

Penny Johnson Jerald previously had a major recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as Kasidy Yates, Captain Sisko’s love interest and eventual wife) and is a part of the main cast as Doctor Claire Finn.

Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, a producer and writer on Family Guy, is also a producer and writer on The Orville.

Scott Grimes and Seth MacFarlane work together on American Dad!

Rachael MacFarlane, Seth’s younger sister, provides the voice of The Orville’s computer. She has a history of doing voice-acting for some of Seth’s previous shows, most prominently as Hayley Smith from American Dad!

Two of Seth’s A Million Ways to Die in the West costars, Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, have made appearances on The Orville.

Several actors with Star Trek credentials made appearances. Season 1 included Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and Steven Culp (Star Trek: Enterprise). Likewise, Season 2 has one-episode guest appearances by John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise) and Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager).

Mike Henry (Cleveland Brown and a few other notable Family Guy characters) plays Dann, a recurring engineer.

Ed and Kelly’s offices are the same set with the furniture rearranged.

Seth MacFarlane and Halston Sage were in a relationship during the first season.

Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki were revealed to be dating when the cast appeared at ComiCon, and eventually got engaged.

Seth MacFarlane is one inch shorter than Statuesque Stunner Adrianne Palicki but he’s an inch taller due to his boots in the show.

The show is effectively a more comedic version of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Despite Seth MacFarlane’s presence, it’s also mostly a dramatic story. Given the involvement of so many Star Trek alumni, it’s arguably got as much title to being a Star Trek show as the official ones by Paramount.

There have also been a few jokes about it being Galaxy Quest: The Series.

It could also be said to be The Office (US) IN SPACE!, in exactly the same manner as the original Star Trek was promoted as Wagon Train IN SPACE!.

Fans of Peter David’s Star Trek Expanded Universe works say it’s as close as we’ll probably get to Star Trek: New Frontier.

Since the communicator from Star Trek: The Original Series predicted/inspired the cell phone, it appears that the commscanner every crewmember has is an Expy of the smartphone by combining the functions of a communicator and a tricorder/scanner.

According to Midnight’s Edge, Seth Macfarlane pitched a new Star Trek series to CBS in 2014, which would have been a sequel to the TNG era. But it was obviously rejected. It’s likely at least some elements of this pitch made it into The Orville.

According to Supervising Producer Andre Bormanis (also a long-time Star Trek science advisor), the fuzzy material that covers the Orville‘s bulkheads is organic matter that absorbs the carbon dioxide exhaled by the crew and releases oxygen back into the ship.

Seth MacFarlane says that Bortus is actually speaking English rather than speaking his native tongue while using a translator and his stilted demeanor comes from not being fully comfortable communicating in his second language.

Michaela McManus played the Krill Teleya in Season 1 and returned, sans alien makeup, to play the human Lieutenant Tyler in Season 2. That’s because Tyler is Teleya under extensive surgical alteration, as revealed a couple of episodes later in “Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes”.

 

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