TL;DR – Today we the best
episode of the series so far that builds on everything that has come before and leaves you desperate for more.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
One of the few great things about 2019 is all the great Science Fiction content
we are getting across the mediaverse at
the moment. One of the interesting
examples of this has been The Orville,
a show about a bunch of misfits trying to do their best as they explore the
universe. It is a show filled with flawed people, but it is also a show filled to
the brim with charm. In today’s episode Identity,
we get a show that takes everything we know and then flips it on its head.
So to set the scene, it is family time on the USS Orville, with Isaac (Mark Jackson) babysitting Ty (Kai Wener)
and Marcus (BJ Tanner) while Claire (Penny Johnson Jerald) works late in
sickbay. Everything was going well, bar the fact that Isaac always wins, and so
Claire thinks it is the best time to tell the boys that they are dating, which of
course they already knew. However, all of this falls apart when Isaac has a seizure
and shutdowns in front of the family. There are no life signs, but then is that
normal for a Kaylon? No one really knows. In a last-ditch
effort, the Planetary Union authorises The Orville to head to Isaac’s home
planet and hope that they can fix him. Now from here, we will be looking at the
episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS]
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]
TL;DR – In many respects, this is the most Star Trek-like episode
I have seen so far, but in that it feels just okay and that it is missing
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
This is a great time for Sci-fi for tonight I get a new episode of The Orville and Star Trek Discovery. All of this is made all the more interesting because tonight’s Orville feels more like an episode
of Star Trek than any so far this
season. This gives some characters the chance to shine, but it also feels a bit odd.
So to set the scene, the USS Orville
is once again being rerouted to a Starbase to help out rather than exploring,
something that is starting to get on everyone’s nerves. But for Ed (Seth
MacFarlane) it is all fine because he is using his love smile with Lt. Tyler (Michaela
McManus) and Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) can see it. Well, after much thought they
decide that it is time to make it public, always a big deal on a ship of this
size, and celebrate this by taking some shore leave. Time to get away, see the
sights, get harried by some Krill fighters, wait get harried by some Krill
fighters. Soon both Tyler and Ed are captured and Ed has to make a choice, will
he sit back and watch the love of his life get tortured, or will he give up
everything he believes in and hand over his command codes. Now from here on in,
we will be looking at the episode as a whole, and as such there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – In Home, The Orville finally finds that balance between the absurd and the sincere
and creates one of their best episodes so far.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
So far this season The Orville have continued on in its mission to highlight the juxtaposition between the absurd and the sincere. Now, this is something that you can completely do, but the show in both Season One and so far this season just couldn’t quite find that right balance. Well with Home I think they really are starting to head in that right direction and it doesn’t hurt when you throw in some great guest cast and beautiful art design help along the way.
TL;DR – With Primal Urges we
see how The Orville is not afraid to tackle really important issues, but that
it has yet to quite get that balance right
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One of the issues facing the world today is porn addiction, free porn is literally
at most people’s fingertips if you have an internet connection and it can be devastating
to a relationship. The Orville looks at Porn Addiction in the context of a relationship
that has completely soured but there is still a child involved, which is a
situation that is very familiar in the world today.
TL;DR – While at first look this might have been just a Star Trek homage or at worst a blatant rip-off. Instead, it finds its feet and becomes a charming exploration of the future and the mess and opportunities that could come.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
I have been wanting to catch The Orville for quite a while but there was no streaming or TV that picked it up here in Australia, so I was expecting this was something that I might only get to see when it dropped on Blu-Ray. But with SBS announcing they had picked it up and would be showing Season Two I jumped on a watched the whole first season in one night, which meant that clown appeared at a very confronting time late at night. But binged the first season I have, and now it is time to jump in and see if it was worth the wait. Now before we dive in, a quick reminder that as we will be looking at the season as a whole, there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.