Yeah it was a fair stretch of time between this and the last The Orville episode poster.
I had this image designed for ages but something wasn’t quite right until I realised that I needed to put Rudolph in the middle.
I think I’m getting better at capturing the essence of each of the characters as well which can be a challenge when you’re working in such a simplistic manner.
I’ll also admit to having continued watching episodes without finishing this piece so I’ll probably have to go back and rewatch them again (oh what a burden LOL).
I think this episode was bold, I understand it copped a bit of criticism for being a clumsy approach to the material but I like the idea that the show is trying to stimulate some thought around stuff and it’s a great episode to grab a coffee with a fellow Orville fan and discuss the issues raised.
Anyone who’s been following me for a while knows that before Star Trek stuff I used to draw a LOT of zombies. As the illustrator and author of The Gentleman’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse I drew well dressed folks dispatching the undead for a couple of years.
Eventually, there’s only so much blood and gore and weapon wielding hipsters you can pump out and I retired from the apocalypse etiquette business.
So my goal with this series is to just pick a character from each episode to feature on the sketch cards so that eventually I should have covered off all the main characters as well as the majority of guests and recurring.
Even though this is technically the first episode and everyone was being introduced something about Talia’s arrival grabbed me.
My rewatch of Babylon 5 has slowed quite dramatically as the head cold took over.
But last week I did get to watch Soul Hunter which is such an interesting episode as it introduces this weird alien spiritual concept of soul hunters who have this interesting look and all the aliens on board are terrified of.
This concept of someone who knows when death is about to happen and are drawn to it would invoke dread and resentment in people.
I loved Star Blazers growing up and then when I learned that it was the Space Battleship Yamato years later (I think in Star Blazers they call the Yamato the Argo) I was beyond excited that the Japanese were doing a live action version.
The 2010 Space Battleship Yamato was the perfect culmination of nostalgia and modern special effects. The music was spot on and it was a joy to see the battleship in full flight.
So I’ve got a new project coming up that I’m starting to get a bit excited about.
We’re only hinting at it all right now but I think it’s going to be fun and a long time coming as we’ve talked about doing the project in the past (the “we” is Dan and myself, of Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club fame) but it appears this time it’s going to happen.
So stay tuned for more news on that front!
In other news I’ve opened up my Women of Trek Sketch Card set for pre-orders over on the shop so if you’ve been following along with that and are keen to lock your set in go check it out!