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Old Wounds 

Newly promoted Captain, Ed, is taken back when his ex-wife is assigned as his First Officer.


Jon Favreau


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Victor Garber ... Admiral Halsey
Brian George ... Dr. Aronov
Joel Swetow ... Krill Captain
Patrick Cox ... The Ogre
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Christine Corpuz ... Janice Lee
Sean Cook ... Derek


In the 25th century, gifted galactic alliance fleet officer Ed Mercer;, who went rogue after a divorce over his wife's adultery with an alien, finally gets a shot at a command due to lack of qualified officers. The new star-ship captain eagerly recruits maverick buddy lieutenant Gordon Malloy and is reasonably happy with his incomplete, multi-species staff, setting out to pick up a yet to assign first officer on their first mission. As Malloy predicts, he freaks when he learns his XO is his ex Kelly Grayson, but can't wriggle out. The mission is not actually delivering supplies to a spatial labs-spangled space station, that was leading Dr. Aronov's cover for seeking assistance with his local time manipulation device, which has great economic but also military potential. As feared, the enemy Krill empire got wind of it and his a ship waiting for them, even a traitor in the lab. The new crew works together so well, Mercer reconsiders splitting it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 September 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?


Episodes mirror one another, sharing the same plot curve as with Star Trek: The Next Generation "Encounter at Farpoint", in that Riker joins later in the episode, so does Kelly Grayson. See more »


As the crew leave the research building under fire from the Krill, the two Krill ships that landed next to the shuttle appear and disappear randomly between shots. See more »


Dr. Claire Finn: Captain, let me see that shoulder. Does it hurt?
Ed Mercer: Yeah, it hurts like hell.
Kelly Grayson: That means it's not that bad.
Ed Mercer: What are you talking about, Kelly? I literally just said it hurts like hell.
Kelly Grayson: When he's really in pain, he gives straight answers with no cussing. He's just hoping you give him drugs.
Ed Mercer: That's a bunch of crap, Kelly. I'm in real pain here. I... why, do you have drugs?
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »

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The episode starts weak but about the half way mark it luckily gets better.
12 September 2017 | by EscargotsSee all my reviews

The most parts of the first ½ of the episode was pretty painful to watch a compressed set up with jokes that were not that funny often with bad delivery and no time to stick. It almost feels that the jokes were forced in with little thought. However luckily the episode gets better and the pacing slows down and the jokes get better nothing that made my laugh but still some good ones.

The music and sound designers works fine and is suitable for the genre. I for the most part also like the look of the world I have a slight problem with the internal look of the ship it feels sterile and simplistic which is a bit sci-fi, but something about it just doesn't look right to me. I how ever like the exterior ship designs they feel familiar but not so much that I would call them exact copies from other sci-fi series. I also like the looks of the alien races and how many different kinds you saw in this episode.

All this said I can only give this episode a weak five because of the first half of the episode which drags it down a fair amount. If i were to only judge the second half I would probably have made it a weak seven.

Even if this series has gotten a rocky start it still show some potential and I am hopeful that future episodes will be good throughout.

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