It seems there’s a science fiction culture war going on between The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery and we want to know what you, our readers, are watching this season if anything.
We here at The Geekiary love genre media, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been pretty excited about many new shows coming out this season in science fiction, fantasy, and superhero settings. We’ve already begun reviewing Star Trek, and many of us road The Orville trolley’s at San Diego Comic-Con (we haven’t written reviews yet, but it’s on our radar).
To our surprise, it seems there’s a bit of a war going on between these shows in various portions of fandom. Is The Orville more like classic Star Trek than Star Trek: Discovery? Is Star Trek: Discovery too dark for the Star Trek universe? Is The Orville more true to Gene Roddenberry’s vision, despite it leaning more solidly towards comedy than serious science fiction? These are questions being asked in places like r/StarTrek and r/TheOrville on Reddit, as well as various on various social media platforms such as Twitter.
We aren’t here to spark that debate exactly, but we are curious what you are watching this season, if either of them. The question of the poll is simple: which science fiction show are you watching this season? The Orville? Star Trek: Discovery? Neither? Or both? Let us know with a vote and feel free to (respectfully) join the conversation on social media.
Above all, have fun and enjoy what you enjoy! Regardless of your preference, it’s wonderful to have more genre media to choose from.
POLL ENDS: Wednesday October 4th at 11:59pm Eastern.
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Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.
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