TL;DR – Today we find yet
another side of life on Moclus, and it’s
not great, to be honest.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Well, tonight’s episode of The Orville was an interesting one because it was an episode full of
contradictions. It is an episode trying to shine the light of prejudice, but in
a really ham-fisted way, but then it works when it really shouldn’t. It also contrasts this really serious storyline with a
really silly one, and still all works.
So to set the scene, the USS Orville is
preparing itself for a long-term mission into unexplored space by returning to Moclus to get a deflector upgrade. This
involves a Moclan engineer Locar (Kevin Daniels) coming on-board to assist,
which is a bit awkward because he is Bortus’ (Peter Macon) ex. While this is
going on Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) realises in a conversation with Cassius (Chris
Johnson) that they both want different things out of the relationship, so she
decided to end it, which does not go over well. This is all before Locar reveals a secret that rocks the ship to
the core, and may have set in motion something uncontrollable. Now from here,
we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – It explores what you would do in a First Contact situation
when everything is taken out of your hands.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
First Contact is one of those big deal moments in Science Fiction, it can be a
moment of pure joy or a moment of devastation.
When you first put that call out into the universe you do not know who will
answer it and indeed, for those answering the call what will you find when you
make planetfall. Today we explore one
such scenario, with of course The Orville’s
unique spin on it.
So to set the scene, we open on the planet Regor 2 as the scientist and First
Prefect (John Rubinstein) send a simple message into the void asking if there
was anyone else out there. A couple of years later the crew of the USS Orville were doing another run, this
time picking up their new chief of security Talla Keyali (Jessica Szohr), and
discussing upcoming birthdays when they receive a faint message. Quickly
finding out that this is an unknown civilization the whole crew jump with the excitement of going on their first First Contact
mission. After some initial pleasantries,
everything was going fine until Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) mentions her upcoming birthday
and everything falls apart. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole,
so there will be [SPOILERS]