Personally, I think The Orville is doing a much better job bringing the Star Trek feel to the small screen than CBS’ recent attempt with Star Trek: Discovery. But, that doesn’t mean CBS should stop trying to hit the right bar. Its possible that the media company knew from the beginning that it would need to sell its vision and has pulled out all the stops to try to sway the public’s perception about the new show.
I’ve still been right there with each episode, hoping that some small gleam of brilliance will reveal that I’ve been wrong about the show. To be honest, I think I could take the show more seriously if they’d just call it something else and take the Star Trek name off show title. It just doesn’t feel like Star Trek, and except for the primary character being raised on Vulcan – even though she’s human – and the enemy being the Klingon race, there’s very little else in the storyline that matches any of the previous series.
And, to top it off, the show is only available for CBS All-Access subscribers, i.e., only available for streaming and not a live TV show. For us here, that’s fine. We’re CBS All-Access subscribers anyway as the wife has a couple favorites like Bull and the NCIS cannons. We cut the cable TV cord about three years ago and have never looked back. But, for those that are not quite ready to rid themselves of an ever-growing cable bill, pushing Star Trek to streaming-only has been the death knell.
Still, CBS marches on.
The company has now delivered an official Alexa skill to attempt to help bolster the show’s popularity.
The skill is a trivia game that rewards those that complete a round with video clips – obviously tailored best to Amazon’s screened Alexa device, the Echo Show.
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