Category Archives: The Orville

Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 July 3

The Table is down to only six this week, and descriptions are down to two.  That is only if the short existential poetry of this week’s Westworld a description can be counted as a discription.  Before that Evil takes their show on the road.  Ms. Marvel gives us her fifth episode, and The Orville gives us “Twice in a lifetime” which one could guess is a title for a time-loop episode.  The Boys and Strange New Worlds both end their seasons this week, as well.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 June 26

It’s been busy so I haven’t had much time to get into the breakroom to catch up, but some of this week’s entries are really catching my eye.  First, we get the cast of Evil facing off against a Demon of Sex1.  Riverdale also faces off with the biblical, but it doesn’t sound nearly as much fun.  Westworld returns, however it isn’t giving us any clue what we’ll be getting.  Superman and Lois show the power of the press as the world is ending.  Ms. Marvel doesn’t give us a description or even a title.  The Flash finishes his season in the second half of a fatal finale.  The Orville doubles their Moclan children.  The Boys take a candle to bed.  Star Trek: Strange New Worlds quotes Tolkien at us.  Then, to wrap up the week, Stranger Things wraps up it’s fourth season with two more episodes.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 June 19

Happy Father’s Day to all the Bureaucrat dads and those filling that role!

This week, our first show gives us the Evil of Memes.  Superman and Lois take part in a bizarre war of the worlds.    The Umbrella Academy returns for a third season, which gives us the Sparrow Academy’s story.  Ms. Marvel and Kenobi have episodes before The Flash starts its season finale, finale explaining the Time Sickness.  The Orville gets caught in the rain.  The Boys have a ‘Herogasm’. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds visits a pagan afterlife.  On Mystery Science Theater 3000 bots watch Demon Squad.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 June 12

We are in a post-description era for shows, as of the nine shows that are dropping this week, only two are giving us a description, though we are getting a few titles that might help.  We start with a return of Evil for their third season, where they encounter a Demon of Death.  Riverdale does clue us in that they are going to hold a serial killer convention to catch a serial killer.  The crew of The Orville face a morality paradox and the Boys take a last look on their world of lies (based on their titles.)  Miraculous Ladybug starts season five, Ms. Marvel and Obi-Wan, and Strange New Worlds each have their new episodes, but without any descriptions.  This is understandable because either you’re watching the show even if it were a forty minute test pattern, or you don’t care.  The Flash is happy to tell us what’s going on, as The Flash begins working with the new speedster and Cecile levels up.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 June 5

This week we have a new premier of Marvel’s Ms. Marvel.  Disney has given the character a bit of a glow up, so it seems my hopes of a direct comic translation were a bit of a stretch.  If you prefer the Default Classics, Superman & Lois disagree and that makes them lose.  The Flash leaves the lights off, where he might find The Orville who is also exploring the shadows.  Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t give us a description, joining The Boys, Young Justice, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds that way.  Finally, if you have hang out with the bots, Mystery Science Theater 3000 watches Doctor Mordrid.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2022 May 29

We have a strange new list as the previous seasons shows are disappearing and we’re joined by some new one.  Did you finish Stranger Things?  I didn’t yet.  I did catch Strange New Worlds, just in time for pon farr and a throwback episode.  Riverdale considers a labor union.  Superman and Lois pick up with their big reveal.  Obi-Wan gives us a third episode and The Boys show up with three episodes, but no descriptions.  The Orville returns to New Horizons with an androids dream episode.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 21 April 2019

Another busy week as we rush headlong into the ending of the regular broadcast seasons.  The American Gods give us some Mad Sweeney backstory.  We get a calm evening at Winterfell on Game of Thrones.  In the Decidedly Comprehensive corner, Supergirl reads Dostoevsky’s first great novel, Arrow focuses on Diggle, the Legends send unsolicited emojis, the Flash brings back their winter villains, and Doom Patrol lets Cyborg perform an upgrade.  In Riverdale, the Easter themed little sister is still missing, and on Cloak and Dagger, Tyrone rolls up a new character sheet.  Orville has to deal with the fallout from last week’s temporal shenanigans.  For fans of slightly less genre specific shows, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is scheduled to make a return, and Cobra Kai kicks off season 2 this week, also!

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 14 April 2019

This week, we return with a new post title with 20% more DC and 100% more dragons!  I didn’t even know Doom Patrol had started, and we are already 10 episodes in, but they will also appear here along side the warring armies of Westeros.  Out homegrown deities explore what happened to one of the more popular in the pantheon, the hammer wielding Donar.  Except for Supergirl, the other Disguised Champions are back on patrol alongside their doomed streaming exclusive friends.   Arrow’s Laurel redemptive arc hits a rocky patch, Mona reads some classic literature, and Flash gives us answers on Nora’s motivations.  The junkies in Riverdale find themselves deeper into the clutches of a cult.  Marvel gives us Cloak fighting his past while Dagger fights a sex trafficking ring.  The Orvile’s description seems like we get our classic time loop episode.  My most biggest anticipation this week however is watching Star Trek: Discovery boldly goes into its season finale.

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The Orville – S02E0809 – Identity

Seth MacFarlane made it big with Family Guy, a not-so-family-friendly animated comedy show, but he also worked to bring Cosmos’ revival to air and is a big fan of Star Trek.  While I can’t back up this claim, it seems as though he asked to make a new Star Trek show (before Discovery took off) and was rebuked for being the crude comedy guy.  His show had a lot of what we love about Star Trek, but he couldn’t sell it without cashing in on his crude comedy background, and as a result, we have The Orville, a clear rip off on Star Trek, but with what my wife describes as Frat Boy comedy overlaying everything.

Despite this, the show tackles serious social issues, such as the expectations of gender, social media and trial by public opinion, and porn addiction.  In the same way classic Star Trek uses strange new worlds to sign a spotlight on our own world’s problems, The Orville does the same thing within a coating of low brow comedy.

…until now.  In Identity, The Orville drops the jokes and just tells a space-based sci-fi story.  I truly think they just want their off-beat comedy to be Continue reading →