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

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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:

Dolby Digital | Stereo



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 »


Isaac: I believe what we have encountered is a planet locked in a multi-phasic orbit.
[in the conference room with all the senior staff]
Capt. Ed Mercer: Okay, let's pretend I don't know what that is.
Lt. Gordon Malloy: Do you know what that is?
Capt. Ed Mercer: I do not.
Lt. Gordon Malloy: So, we could just say that.
Capt. Ed Mercer: Thanks, buddy.
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S1: Uneven and inconsistent but neither as bad as the critics say or as good as the fans say
27 August 2018 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Unsure what to expect was the way I started watching The Orville. I expected it to be funny in a Family Guy way of course, but at the same time I had heard that fans had latched to it for being a solid Star Trek extension that focused on doing what the original show did. The truth is much more of the latter, with the note that when the show is lighthearted, then FG is the style of humor, but really it is a sci-fi in the spirit of original Star Trek.

The division between the critical assessment, and that of the viewers, is significant and interesting in how it plays out, but the truth is somewhere in the middle. I think the critics expected more cynicism and comedy, whereas the viewers gradually settled into what it is - and then overpraised it based on the savaging that the critics got. Truth is that both parties have good points. The Orville is essentially a run at doing the original Star Trek series again; it looks like it, it feels like it and its strengths and weaknesses are often in common with it. On one hand this is enjoyable, because it does have that nostalgic feel to what it does - but then, one has to wonder why so much money was spent on a vehicle which deliberately limits itself and feels like a step backwards.

How I felt about it personally tended to vary by the minute. At its heart it was solidly entertaining; it looked great due to the money spent on it, and it has undemanding but engaging genre-standard ideas and narratives. Within this the show throws in moments of humor that don't always fit in, but also lays out the most obvious and 'worthy' of allegories with an air of self-importance that it doesn't deserve. Most of the time it doesn't do any of this too much in one direction, but certainly there are one or two howler episodes (the gender reassignment one for example - aims high but misses). After a good chunk of episodes though, I had the tone and settled into it okay.

As a whole it is never more than 'okay', and it seems all over the map at times in what it wants to do. If you have fond memories of the original Star Trek then probably you'll be more likely to enjoy this than the casual viewer. It took me some time, but I was enjoying it by the end.

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