Science fiction shows that portray the future of humanity are much needed in the current socioeconomic climate. Visions such as that of Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek and David Brin's Uplift universe that portray humanity as part of a galactic community of explorers give many people hope and a sense of anticipation rather than the dread and disillusionment to be found in political news and many darkly-themed sci-fi and fantasy shows currently dominating the entertainment culture. Today’s science-inspired youth especially need such positive visions to encourage their social participation and involvement in building the reality such shows portray speculatively.
To the executive producers of the 20th Century Fox science fiction show The Orville,
Given your admirable focus on a positive portrayal of humanity's future and much-needed focus on scientific exploration, we (the undersigned) would like to request that Kelly Grayson (portrayed by Adrianne Palicki) be promoted to captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197) concurrent with the promotion of Seth MacFarlane’s character, Ed Mercer, to Admiral.
This promotion would provide the show’s female audience with a still-much-needed source of inspiration not unlike that provided by the character of Captain Janeway in the show Star Trek: Voyager. We would also like to ask that the showrunners and production executives consider the social capital, entertainment value and positive messaging such a change would provide to all members (regardless of gender) of The Orville’s viewership.
Thank you for listening.
The Promote Kelly Grayson petition to 20th Century Fox Television was written by Erica Millard and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.