This week the crew faces losing their Captain and First Officer, all while the Second Officer is on paternal egg sitting leave. Nothing is bound to go wrong when you leave the young, new, inexperienced security officer in charge…right? After answering a distress signal, Captain Mercer and First Officer Grayson take a shuttle to the ship requesting aid. Apparently Ed’s parents are on board and rather than discuss the health of Ed’s colon in front of his entire bridge crew, Ed and Kelly take a shuttle over while repairs are underway, leaving the young Alara in command. Unfortunately, that was a trap (it’s a trap!) and now The Orville is without it’s leaders in less than a blink of an eye.
After an internal struggle, an external struggle with her crew, breaking a direct order from her superior, and a plea for help from Dr. Finn… Alara finds her feet in the commanding officer role. With the help of her, newly supportive again, crew she is able to locate where Ed and Kelly disappeared to. Unsure of where they are, Ed and Kelly step off their shuttle only to find themselves back in their old apartment in New York. Their food synthesizer works, thank goodness for the small things am I right, but they’re 100% totally locked into this 2 room cube. Which, turns out to be a zoo. Yup, a species zoo for a race similar to Isaac’s who think that all biological races are inferior to their own higher intellect. But hey, we keep species in cages and put them on display for amusement now so, well played Orville, well played.
Isaac and Alara are able to recuse Ed and Kelly, who let’s face it, remembered all the things that they absolutely hated about living together within only 24 hours of being locked in that place. So after having the entire crew turn on her for originally abandoning them, now she’s the hero who saved them and brought thousands of hours of crap reality TV to the species zoo, forever rotting and corrupting those minds. It was awesome to see Alara gain some experience and confidence under her belt tonight and I can’t wait to see where the development of her character goes.
The Orville is quickly proving that it can be (and is) more than just jokes and a Trek like set. The characters are growing, relationships are developing, serious issues are being handled, all while keeping things in perspective with the everyday humor. The Orville is showing scifi fans just how great it can be, and how this type of scifi show fills a void.
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