I am not a fan of Seth MacFarlane as a comedian and I do think the whole South Park episode that parody Family Guy style comedy is correct. So the idea of him writing a parody of Star Trek doesn't seem like a recipe quality show. In some ways my suspicion of the show was somewhat accurate as Orville "comedy" attempts is the weakest element of the show and the show isn't particularly funny at all (I think only 1 out of every 5-6 jokes would give me a smirk).
However the biggest surprised that it isn't really a parody show. While they may be some inside Trek joke here and there. The show doesn't really make fun of Star Trek. The goal is simply to write another Trek series.
It's really just a science fiction show with a light hearted playful tone. What the show seems like from watching is that Seth MacFarlane wanted to write a serious attempt of his own Star Trek TV series. Couldn't get the rights to the Star Trek license. So he just wrote his own Star Trek fan fiction, changed the name of all the famous Trek items to avoid lawsuits (such as instead of replicators, it's called synthesiser. instead of Federation, it's called Union, instead of warp drive, it's quantum drive, instead of holodeck it's called environmental simulator etc)
This show really is a big budget Star Trek fan fiction with the name changed to avoid getting sued. Add in some completely out of place humour probably because FOX probably wouldn't greenlit a show written by Seth MacFarlane unless they are able to promote it as a comedy
However the basic premise of the show of having an exploratory starship of mixed alien crew engaged in intrastellar diplomacy and cover ethical/moral issues in the process is basically identical to Star Trek. Jokes are thrown here and there almost as an obligation to fulfil a quota so they can passed this show off as a "comedy" when in reality it's just a Star Trek show.
For the most part the Trek elements are decent. Episode where the crew is imprisoned to used as entertainment for alien species who is more technological and intellectually advanced that also works as an allegory on animal rights. Episode where there is an "all male" species and when there is a female it's considered a birth defect where they will try and get gender reassignment surgery to the shargrin of the human crew. Is it sexist barbarism or is it just like how people in our society do surgery on children with ambiguous genitalia so that their genitals match and conform to the chromosomal sex?
The biggest problem is the shoehorn comedy. Unfortunately a) seth isn't particularly funny and b) the comedy breaks the suspension of disbelief.
The few times the comedy works in the show is when there is joke that you could believe could realistically happened. For example there was a joke where they were in a shuttlepod. an alien intruder got onboard the shuttlepod and point the gun at the captain. The captain then turned off the inertial dampeners causing the alien intruder to fall down and able to be captured. The captain makes a joke about lucky they have seatbelts. Now that is an inside Trek parody making fun of how in Star Trek there are no seat belts on the spaceship. However it doesn't break the suspension of disbelief as it does seem a realistic clever way (within the confines of the universe) to disarm an intruder.
However majority of the time the humour is completely out of place where the characters behaved or say thing abnormally for the sake of the joke that takes you out of the story as you would not expect a military officer in a serious situation to behave that way.
Now if this was a parody show, person behaving out of character would be perfectly fine. However for a show that is attempting to have drama exploring ethical issue, it takes you out of the story. The show doesn't know what it's want to be, a comedy or a star trek drama. The show is an awkward mismatch of both.
However overall, I'll give it so far a 6/10.
Although saying that I can only really recommend it to a very small subset of people.
Which are people who have watched every TOS, TNG, DS9 episode and then want to watch another TV series in the same style and spirit of those show especially considering that Star Trek Discovery doesn't really fit in that spirit.
If you never seen Star Trek TOS/TNG/DS9 before, I can't seriously recommend this show as it's an inferior version of TNG and I would recommend that person to watch those Star Trek show first.
However saying that, I know you Joe watched every single TOS/TNG/DS9 episode so I think you should give Orville a shot.
The first episode is a bit patchy and barely has a plot as it spent most of the time introducing the character but the 2nd and 3rd episode seems like decent moderately entertaining Star Trek episode.