TV Review: Andromeda 1×01

A friend of mine in my writing group got me interested in this TV show that aired in 2000, and I decided to watch and review it as I go, especially as Orville is going to be done soon (review wise, it already aired its finale) so I’ll need another TV show to post about while we are in the hiatus til season 3. Still a Sci-fi/Fantasy show.

 Episode Title:  Under the Night 
Original Airdate: October 2, 2000 (watched 2019 via Prime)
Grade: B
Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Since this is the first episode, I’m going to include the main cast in the Notable section

Kevin Sorbo (Dylan Hunt)-  I honestly have never really seen anything he is in except maybe an episode of Xena when I was younger, but I did know who he was before watching.  His big claim to fame is playing Hercules on the show of the same name.

Lisa Ryder (Beka Valentine) – I am not as familar with Ms. Ryder’s work as other actors in this series.  She appears as a regular character on the 1996 series Forever Knight, as well as a few other Canadian programs.

Keith Hamilton Cobb (Tyr Anasazi)-  Mr. Cobb’s filmography is oddly short, with his last IMDB credit being in 2007.  I knew him From the Young and The Restless (oddly enough, he had that role after his role on Andromeda)

Gordon Michael Woolvett (Seamus Harper) –  He was on the recently canceled iZombie (a show on my list of things to watch).  I don’t know much about the other items on his filmography

Brent Strait (Rev Bem) – He seems to appear on various shows I am familar with  (no doubt with less makeup).  However I don’t recognize him so I may have missed those episodes.

Lexa Doig (Andromeda/Rommie) –  Lexa was the main draw to this series (along with it being a Gene Roddenberry show) as I had first seen her as Dr. Carolyn Lam on Stargate SG-1.  

Steve Bacic (Gaheris Rhade) –  He has appeared on several TV shows I watch, including as a Gaould on Stargate SG-1 and as the Dark Archer in Smallville.  He plays a recurring character, but will appear as a regular (but different) character later in the series

Notable Quotes:

Seamus Harper: I’m telling you, the guy is huge. He’s like some kind of Greek god or something. 

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TV Review: The Orville 2×10 (belated)

 Episode Title: THe Blood of Patriots (2×10)
Original Airdate: March 7, 2019 (watched later via HULU)
Grade: B

Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Ted Danson (Admiral Perry) – Danson returns as Admiral Perry, this time assigning the crew to the peace talks. I always love the Admirals on this show because they are always exciting cameos.

Mackenzie Astin (Orrin) –  I spent the whole time feeling he was familar in some way and it turns out there is a reason.  He’s the younger brother of Lord of The Rings Actor Sean Astin (and the son of actors Patty Duke and John Astin).  He has also guest starred on quite a few procedurals so if you find him familar its probably because you have seen him before.  

John Fleck (Ambassador K.T.Z.) – I know him best as Silik from Star Trek: Enterprise.  He has a diverse filmography, including True Blood, so he is probably familar from other places as well.  I think he uses a different tone, because it wasn’t till I was rewatching some clips that I recognized his voice, which if you have ever seen him is pretty recognizable.

Notable Quotes:

Capt. Ed Mercer: I hope that this marks the beginning of a new era of nonviolence between our two peoples.

Ambassador K.T.Z.: We will see. A peace is only as strong as those who uphold it.

Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: And, of course, trust is earned.

Ambassador K.T.Z.: We agree on that, Commander.

copied from IMDB.com

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TV Review: The Orville 2×08

Episode Title: Identity Part 1 (2 part arc)
Original Airdate: February 21, 2019 (watched later via Hulu)
Grade:B

Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Victor Garber (returning as Admiral Halsey)

Notable Quotes:

Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: I can’t believe they knew about Mr. Potato Head.

Capt. Ed Mercer: Yeah, we are going to get fired.

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TV Review: The Orville 2×07

 Episode Title: Deflectors  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7826048/
Original Airdate: February 14, 2019 (Watched later via Hulu)
Grade: C

Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Kevin Daniels (Locar) –  While I don’t recognize him from anything, he is known for his role on Modern Family.  He does a good job here.
Bruce Willis (The Plant) – Bruce Willis is pretty well known, so I don’t think I need to reference what he is been in.

Notable Quotes:

Lt. Talla Keyali: Locar didn’t hurt you. He didn’t hurt anyone. All he wanted was love. And yet because of you… his life is over. Except for no reason other than your own prejudice. So as far as I am concerned, you can go straight to Hell.

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Review: The Orville 2×06

 Episode Title: A Happy Refrain
Original Airdate: January 31, 2019 (watched Later via Hulu)
Grade: B-
Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Actually, this episode is remarkably stuck with its main characters and reoccuring ones.   I suppose, after looking at the Trivia section on IMDB a special mention should be made for Mark Graham who is the music director for the show and has a brief acting credit as the conductor at the symphony.

Notable Quotes:

Lt. Gordon Malloy: We are, without a doubt, the weirdest ship in the fleet.

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Review: The Orville 2.05

Episode Title: All The World is Birthday Cake (2.05)
Original Airdate:  January 24, 2019 (watched later via Hulu)
Grade: B
Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Robert Duncan McNeill (Director)– Star Trek Alum.  He’s been a director for years on many good programs, but on screen you may remember him as Tom Paris, the navigator/pilot of Voyager.  He always seems to do a good job, on screen and as a director.
Ted Danson (Admiral Perry) – This show loves to have random well-known actors show up as Admirals.  Ted Danson is known for a lot of things.  Most recently perhaps CSI, but also Becker, and the film Three Man and a Baby.
Jennifer Landon (Ukania) – I know her best from As the World Turns as  Gwen Munson , but she is also known for roles on House and various other television shows.  She also happens to be the daughter of Michael Landon, so acting runs in the family.
John Rubinstein  (Prefect) – He’s appeared as minor characters on various television shows I watch,  but I know him probably best from Star Trek: Enterprise where he played Minister Kuvak.   He also played on House and Becker so he probably worked with several of the other notable co-stars in this episode.
Nico Nicotera (Rokal) – I didn’t recognize him, but apparently he played a recurring character on Sons of Anarchy (one of my sister’s favorite shows).  
Jessica Szohr  (Lt. Talla Kaylai) – She’s a new main character for the series, coming in as Alara’s replacement.  She’s also known for her role as Vanessa Abrams on Gossip Girl.  I enjoy her work so far.

Notable Quotes:

Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: It is much easier with an egg.

Capt. Ed Mercer: You had big shoes to fill, and I’m not kiddin’. And as far as I’m concerned, you filled them and then some. So, from here on out, you’re officially allowed to punch me.

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