The Orville (2017– )
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Mad Idolatry 

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

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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. 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 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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Release Date:

7 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode was heavily influenced by Star Trek: Voyager Season 6 episode 12 "Blink of an eye". Where captain Janeway and Company 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: This isn't gonna work.
Capt. Ed Mercer: You mean us.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: None of this should have happened. You defied an admiral's orders to protect me, and it sent our science officer into a 700-year exile. You and I, together... it jeopardizes your command. It jeopardizes the smooth operation of this ship, and it jeopardizes our friendship. It can't happen.
Capt. Ed Mercer: When I'm really honest with myself, I know that you're right. But that doesn't change the way I feel.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: I know. But for now, those are feelings we need to forget.
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9 December 2018 | by AlbJohFanSee all my reviews

The worst episode of the series, in my opinion. Villains based on the Spanish Inquisition, never seen that before (!) Never mind the fact that they're often demonized in media, brutality exaggerated and their positive traits omitted. Those time skips as the planet phases in and out mean that it's avoid hundreds of years of events. Not to mention that Seth is deliberately being dishonest. His intention was to portray that religion can be negative at times falls flat since this has been done many times in sci-fi and others have done it better; Halo, Battlestar Galactica, Starcraft, Warhammer 40k, Mass Effect... Not to mention the facts that religion can be a POSITIVE influence, attempting to religion has always yielded bad results in real-life (Soviet Russia and North Korea for two examples), and the behaviors people like Seth despise in religious people are also found among non-religious people.

If Seth was just using the Krill race for his author tract, I'd disagree with it yet find it palatable because it's only one plot device, but he's repeatedly trying to hammer this view on people. The title of this episode also falls flat, because in the Abrahamic faiths, idolatry is a bad thing full stop so Mad Idolatry is a redundant title.

The message doesn't even make sense form the perspective of the show. Mercer and his crew don't accomplish anything regarding the religion that sprung up around Kelly, all but one of them just abandon the planet when things go bad. Also the standard "religious people aren't intelligent" nonsense; if the figure a religion was about denounced it and said that wasn't the intention, most people would accept that. This episode is the worst of the worst - the weakest episode of the series. And considering I already don't like this show (I watched it to give it the benefit of the doubt when I first heard about it - Seth MacFarlane doing a Star Trek homage, it's going to be chock full of his biases isn't it?), that's a hell of a thing.

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