The Orville (2017– )
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Ed becomes smitten with the captain of a stranded ship, but Kelly suspects all is not what it seems.


Jonathan Frakes


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane





Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Charlize Theron ... Pria Lavesque
Larry Joe Campbell ... Steve Newton
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Computer (voice)


Before Gordon is crippled by the perils of trying to teach cyborg Isaac pranking, the Orville responds to a distress call from a mining ship stuck on a comet about to crash on a star. The male crew is instantly charmed by the rescued sole survivor, captain Pria Lavesque, who even becomes the first after Ed's divorce to end up I his bed after drinks. Jealous ex Kelly gets reluctant Alara to help search the newcomer's guest quarters, where they find a mysterious impenetrable object, which has a worrisome use soon after, but Ed prefers to believe Pria's suspiciously knowledgeable help with a super-rare space peril is genuine proof of helpfulness, which is grimly disproved, seemingly too late. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

5 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Charlize Theron played Seth MacFarlane's love interest in A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). And Liam Neeson, who makes a cameo in The Orville: If the Stars Should Appear (2017), played Theron's husband. See more »


When The Orville pulls the shuttle in with the tractor beam, there is still a stream of chunks from the asteroid moving away from the sun behind it. If the sun's gravity was pulling the asteroid down towards the sun, the chunks would also be pulled down. See more »


Capt. Ed Mercer: You know what the most depressing part about this is? I allowed myself to care about you, and you used me. And despite all of your claims that you still care about me, not once have you even said, "I'm sorry".
Pria Lavesque: It's a good rule in life never to apologize. The right kind of people never want apologies, and the wrong kind take advantage of them.
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We'll Always Have Paris...
7 October 2017 | by ionisravellSee all my reviews

This episode, more than any previous in the short history of Orville, felt like a "bottle show". No wacky, crazy planets, little in terms of new sets or aliens walking around in prognostics - it was centred around the crew and the guest star of the week.

Episode suffered balance between A and B story. 'A story' felt... bloated, if that can be term used to describe a story. Things that should be said with a single stare, were over-explained. As if anyone needed to be told, exactly how it is to feel betrayed by someone you decided to trust.

Emotional scene works better, when viewer can insert their own feelings into the story. When going too far with explaining exactly what character feels, this connection is lost.

'B story' on the other hand, involving Isaac and Lt. Malloy, could really use an extra scene in the middle - something that would lead up to escalation we see closer to the end of the episode.

The Orville consequently tries to rebuild relationship between two main characters of the story - Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson. You can almost hear the conversation that happened while season 1 storyline was written, where someone said "We need to show how those two, despite turbulent past, can learn to work together and appreciate each other again."

While the effort itself is noble, it feels that plot of this episode was written to serve just that purpose.

I am hungry for episodes that would put Mercer-Grayson relationship as the 'B story', something that grows in the background, while giving the stage to the talented cast that plays very unique characters. We want to know more about them and see their characters being developed - you don't create such a colourful set of personalities and leave them as the window dressing.

Even the character of Chief Engineer Steve Newton is interesting in it's own way. Despite being just a minor role! Same goes for Yaphit (the jelly-guy).

Lastly, Charlize Theron's appearance in the show was noteworthy. She sold the character she played within the setting of Orville episode, but without stealing it. It's hard to say much more without going into spoilers.

It's not the best episode so far, but it does it's job and is enjoyable to watch to a certain degree.

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