With more twists and turns than a Kubrick hedge maze The Orville delivers, surprises, engages and entertains without once dropping the ball. ‘Firestorm’ is by turns inventive, emotive and laced with subtle moments of humour which break things up without detracting from the overall structure. Every cast member gets their moment in the sun and episode ten punches in at just under forty-five minutes.
Driven primarily by Alara and given flesh by everyone else ‘Firestorm’ feels like copybook stuff before deviating and expanding on the simple premise. Humour is more hit and miss in this scenario which is why MacFarlane has chosen once again to be sparing in its application. J Lee and Bortus get the one liners which are delivered with timing and subtlety, allowing them to be effective without draining moments of drama.
‘Firestorm’ is an effects heavy plot