‘The Orville’ finds a really big ship, but not big ideas
The Orville encounters a massive ship adrift that actually turns out to be a huge alien bio-dome — carrying passengers who think they’re living on an actual world. This spaceship, whose engines have failed, is now on a collision course with star.
If that premise sounds familiar, it is. I lifted the paragraph above directly from my review of TOS‘s "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" and made a few minor tweaks. This seems to be the approach MacFarlane takes with the broad ideas in "If the Stars Should Appear," which takes familiar Trekkian staples — including the world-ship and alien dictatorships acting out on ancient information that has been misinterpreted over generations — and recycles them without adding anything in terms of emotion or inspiration.