The Orville "Old Wounds" I can pretty safely say that once 12 Monkeys ends next year, this is gonna be my favorite sci-fi show. It's the best of Star Trek (sunny futurism and humanistic optimism) while fixing its most glaring faults (too perfect humans and no conflict). The future is shiny and bright, and the ships look about as big and comfortable to live in as the Enterprise. The sci-fi era this most lives up to is the 1990's. That Seth MacFarlane's favorite era too, and it shows. And the jokes are great. What is great about the humor here is that it isn't actually cartoony or unrealistic. It doesn't undercut the reality of situation, or take you out of the sci-fi drama aspect of the show. Do you know what previous franchise did that well? The Buffyverse. Except I have a good feeling that The Orville is going to wind up being a lot more enjoyable as the series goes along, while the Buffyverse became soul-crushing by the end. Just based on the ending here, where the twist turns out to be that the XO is an even nicer person than we thought, shows this series' sensibilities are completely different than other current sci-fi. I want sci-fi to go back to heroes I can root for like on Deep Space Nine and Farscape. And this show seems to be the first show since Farscape to want to do that. Amazing. It's amazing what Seth MacFarlane can accomplish when he WANTS to put in the effort. *****.