The Orville (2017– )
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The crew crash land on a planet from another universe; Ed and Kelly consider getting back together.


Brannon Braga


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane





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. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Kelly Hu ... Admiral Ozawa
Lenny von Dohlen ... Valondis
Nick Toren ... Man in Red Robe
Erica Tazel ... Baleth
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez ... Fadolin
Jasper McPherson ... Little Girl


Ed and Kelly seriously reconsider getting back together. However, while Kelley is on a mission with Isaac and Gordon to investigate the origins of an uncharted star, they suddenly crash-land on a planet from another universe. Kelly then makes a decision with unforeseen long-term consequences for the planet, putting Ed in a difficult position. Written by Fox

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Heavily influenced by Star Trek: Voyager: Blink of an Eye (2000) where Captain Janeway and crew are caught in a very similar situation. See more »


The 14th-century-period peasant's cottage has bright steel door hinges. See more »


Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: [after Ed speaks to Admiral Ozawa] Why didn't you tell her?
Capt. Ed Mercer: You helped out a kid, that's all. And cultural contamination of a society that undeveloped is a serious charge. I just don't want to have to come visit you in prison.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: Really? You wouldn't want to visit a women's prison?
Capt. Ed Mercer: You're right. I'll call her back.
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After having been credited as Lt. John LaMarr up to this point in the season, J. Lee is credited as Lt. Cmdr., reflecting his promotion from the previous episode. See more »

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Mix of a two Star Treks
21 February 2019 | by brianjohnson-20043See all my reviews

This episode has a storyline which feels like a mix of two Star Trek episodes. The two that most came to my mind were: who watches the watchers from TNG and Blink of an Eye from Star Trek Voyager. Interestingly Brannon Braga the director of this episode was involved with both of the other shows as writers, although I don't think he wrote any of the 3 episodes. Although I could be wrong.

Anyway, this story has the future society seemingly like gods narrative of the TNG episode, and the two worlds with different timelines aspect of Voyager.

It allows for a lot of religion criticiam. Which I don't mind. But overall the story and entertainment should come first.

I would have preferred if they didn't make the developing world's religions look so much like the religions of earth. The middle age period religion looked just like Catholicism from the architecture to the wardrobe. I think it could have been a lot less subtle and we still would have gotten the points.

I'd say this episode is about as good as the TNG one, but not as good as the Voyager epiode. Although the Voyager episode is one of the best of the entire series, so I'd be difficult to match.

One of the aspects about the voyager episode that makes it better IMO is that the planet gets to see their spaceship the entire time it's speedily developing. In this episodes the ship only sees the planet for an hour or so every 11 days, and 700 years pass on the planet. For the Voyager episode the planet is on faster time. And the ship is stuck in the planet's gravity and provides a positive rather than negative role for the developing culture. However their presence also causes earthquakes and the people below aren't aware of the the time-gap. They come to view the ship as a threat.

If you like this kind of storyline definelty check out Blink of an eye. It's not and exactly the first type of story to have two cultures of different timelines interacting over time, but it's the best one I've seen.

This episode also has a side storyline of the Mercer and Kelly deciding if they want to get back together. And they also sort of neglect resolving an introduced implication of their continued interference with the planet going against their starfleet equivalent's orders. I guess they got away with it?

I though it was one of the better episodes of the season, but not one of my top 2 favorites. My favorites were the clown episode one and the if the stars should appear episode.

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7 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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