The Orville

The Orville

Overview

Star Trek-esque show by Seth McFarlane.

Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (McFarlane) finally gets his chance to command his own ship. Determined to prove his worth and start a new chapter, Ed discovers the first wrinkle in his plan when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson. As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified — but eccentric — crew, including his best friend, Gordon, who has problems with authority but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn; Bortus, an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac, an artificial life-form from a machine society; navigator John Lamarr; Alara Kitan, a young, inexperienced security officer; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature.

Now. Go back and look at Bortus. An “alien from a single-sex species” means an alien from an all male species. This is no Ethan of Athos folks (which by the way, go read, it’s great). The whole series seems to be populated by species who fall to the hur-dur men are bigger and stronger tropes. Which if you’ve seen Wonder Woman you know isn’t true.

Notable Queer-Centric Episodes

  • “About A Girl” – Second officer Bortus gives birth to a female child. Unfortunately, Bortus belongs to a male-only species, the Moclans, so he and his mate demand that a procedure be performed to change her sex.

Characters

There are 2 queer characters listed for this show; none are dead.

Recurring (2)

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