Monday, October 02, 2017

REVIEW: Why do critics hate "The Orville"?

REVIEW: Why do critics hate "The Orville"?

At Rotten Tomatoes it is "rotten," with only 20% of the critics issuing positive reviews ...

but the audience rating on the same site is a very "fresh" 89%.

My opinion: critics hate it because it can't decide whether it is an adventure series or a spoof of same. Scenes that seem to be perfectly serious are interrupted by moments of comedy, occasionally even surreal comedy. Audiences are OK with that "tonal disconnect," as long as it entertains.

4 comments:

  1. "Audiences are OK with that "tonal disconnect," as long as it entertains." And therein lies the problem and the main difference between critics and viewers.

    Critics like to sound high-minded and technical...'this is a formulaic film that does a reasonably good job at storytelling but the character development leave much to be desired...' while the viewer, whether on TV or in the movies is like, 'Wow did you see that guy get thrown out of that exploding jeep?? What a scene! I haven't seen anything that good since Lethal Weapon 3!'

    Which is why I check the reviews for any movie I want to see. If it is panned by more than 3 of the critics, it's a must see!

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  2. Depends on the critics. The kind of TV critics on rotten tomatoes? Sure. I'm a critic for a genre site. You'd find none of that with us... But we don't review TV for rotten tomatoes. (I think we get counted for movies, not sure)

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  3. Personally, I think "The Orville" is better than any "Star Trek" franchise product since "Voyager." I think part of it is also a critical animosity toward Seth MacFarlane and his style of humor, or just him personally. I could name people I know in the TV industry who just have a visceral hatred of his "smug face." I still hear them kvetching about that horrible sexist "I saw your boobs" song at the Oscars and how offended by it the actresses were. They are impervious to explanations that the cutaways to the actresses were staged gags and the whole point was to make fun of his own crass image by showing the kind of tasteless song people expected him to do. I saw that Oscarcast with a crowd at a Movie Grill theater watching party, and they laughed and applauded all the way through.

    Probably doesn't help that he is so politically incorrect in the tight-ass limousine liberal world of Hollywood. Last night's season premiere of "Family Guy" mercilessly mocked the pretentious PC crap that wins Emmy Awards. He must have decided to write off ever winning one and wanted to tell them what he really thinks of them. Since I couldn't agree more, I thought it was great. BTW, I also like his recordings, which are also routinely slagged.

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  4. "The Orville" is unwatchable in my opinion, and I watch "Family Guy"

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