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The Orville Proves ‘Derivative’ Doesn’t Always Mean Unnecessary or Bad

When Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi space odyssey show The Orville was first announced, the geek world raised a collective single eyebrow and muttered “fascinating.” It was both a bold and interesting choice for the longtime titan of animation on Fox to leverage his considerable success to make what is clearly a passion project in which he cast himself as a kind of…