The Orville – A Fall Back for Star Trek Fans?

If you’re s Star Trek fan, likely you’ve heard about the controversies surrounding Star Trek Discovery. If not… check out the Midnight’s Edge video. It does a pretty good job of outlining all of the problems:

 

I’ve been asking people to give this show a chance. It might not be the political browbeating Social Justice Trek that a lot of fans, myself included, fear it will be. However… after comments from Jason Isaacs saying that he doesn’t care about pissing off fans, and the writers saying that they’re targeting half the population as comparing Trump supporters to the disarrayed Klingon empire… I’m quickly losing what little faith I had. I’m not a Trump support, but I don’t really think that this was the political agenda that Roddenberry had in mind for Star Trek.

Anyway, that aside… Star Treks fans are feeling a little displaced right now. Though Star Trek Discovery has not come out yet, many people… and rumor has it, the studio, have already written off the series.

The good news is that there is hope! Seth McFarlane has been a card-carrying Trekkie for a long time. His fandom reached epic proportions to the point where he actually did a cameo on Enterprise. He’s wanted to work on a Star Trek style series for years, and this is what he came up with.

I watched the Orville pilot and, without giving anything away, I wanted to give my overall thoughts on it.

This is not really a cerebral show, at least not anywhere near what Star Trek is. The special effects are impressive and you can really feel a Star Trek influence here. There are multiple Easter Eggs within the series, including former Star Trek actors.

One thing I want to make very clear, THIS IS A COMEDY! It’s expected to be lighthearted and, given Seth McFarlane’s previous work, somewhat juvenile. However many of the jokes are adult in nature, and while I wouldn’t say this is necessarily appropriate for all audiences, it’s relatively harmless fun.

Any negatives?

It’s a little too early on to say. We’ve only seen the pilot and so far I’ve loved what I’ve seen. However I do have a few concerns. First of all, most if not all of Seth’s other works wore out their welcome fast. Family Guy lost its charm after Season 5 and has completely worn out its welcome. McFarlane seems to get caught up in his own desire to see how far he can take shock humor, and his work suffers as a result. I can see that happening here.

Second issue: Seth McFarlane is political and always has been. He makes no secret of it and has a tendency to work it into his other shows. I’m not saying its going to happen here, but if it does, The Orville could fall into the same trap as STD. That being said, after Trump’s election, he posted a statement online criticizing the very brand of politics that is turning people off to Star Trek Discovery. So this may be unlikely. McFarlane seems to have a level head on his shoulders. Time will tell here.

Third Issue: For some reason, many studios see Sci Fi series as box office poison, as a lover of both Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I worry about this show lasting more than a few seasons.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the show yet, give it a whirl. It is available on Hulu as well! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Is this show the fall-back for disenfranchised Star Trek fans?



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

 

Copyright Infringement Imminent

Hi Jim,

I don’t know what to do. I saw your blog recently and thought I’d ask here. Recently, I’ve seen some of my work appearing on a site where someone blogged it. I was planning on publishing that work on Amazon and this person appears to be giving it away for free while making AD revenue. What should I do?

Thanks,
Lillian


 

Hi Lillian,

First things first, remain calm. There is a lot here that needs to be considered. I am an attorney, so I can only give you a high-level overview here. Please don’t take what I say as legitimate legal advice.
First, do they just have your work in its entirety published on their site or are the putting snip-its of it up and doing commentary?

If its the latter, there may not be anything you can do. That may fall under fair use if they’re doing a parody or reviewing your work.

So what is fair use?

In short, per US copyright law, the doctrine of fair use allows that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

You’ll want to see if what they’ve done falls under that. If so, you can (politely) ask them to remove it. Most ethical writers will do so without argument… however they aren’t really under any obligation to. So do not be surprised if they refuse or do not respond.

Now if we’re talking about just stealing your story in its entirety and posting it, that’s something different all together. They are profiting off your work, hurting your profits, and they should not get away with that. One question I have is whether or not you have your work registered with the U.S Copyright Office?

This isn’t mandatory, but I usually tell people it is a good idea for a plethora of reasons.  Copyright protection technically exists from the moment the work is created in a tangible medium. However, registration provides a few important benefits, such as proof of ownership. Likely no court will hear your case, no will any site owner act on a claim without proof of ownership. So you’re likely going to need to do that first.

That said, before doing anything else… please, please, please, CONTACT A LAWYER!!! Get someone professional who knows the nuances of the law working for you. Do not do anything until you do. I cannot stress this enough. Any action, including contacting the perpetrator, could jeopardize your chances in court.

I hope this helps in some small way. Readers, do you have any further advice for Lillian? Let her know in the comments!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim