The Orville (2017– )
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Command Performance 

Alara must take command of the Orville when Ed and Kelly end up imprisoned in a replica of their old home.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Steve Newton
Admiral Tucker


Captain Mercer is mortified by his indiscreet parents aboard a commercial vessel hailing the Orville on account of mysterious technical problems. Lt. Cmdr. Bortus having taken long leave to sit on his egg and the XO accompanying Ed aboard, inexperienced Lt. Alara Kitan is given command despite weak protestation, as the exes go aboard by shuttle only to be transported by an unidentified force. Isaac works out its nature and tracks it down to a forbidden space sector, which Admiral Tucker explicitly forbids entering on a rescue action. The sulking crew ends up convincing Alara to risk her career and probably all their lives into the territory of the technologically far superior Calivon civilization, which considers humans and so on inferior bugs. Ed and Kelly have in fact been locked up in a replica from memory-probe of their NY former home in the Calivon 'space zoo', from where no creature ever escaped, so their only hope are negotiations with the zoo keeper, which prove risky too. Written by KGF Vissers

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17 September 2017 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Captain Mercer quotes Elvis Presley's final words, when expecting to die in the replica of his New York apartment. This is likely to be a nod to James Cawley who is an Elvis Presley impersonator and also plays Captain Kirk in the Star Trek New Voyages fan-film series. See more »


Lieutenant Commander Bortus: What is... that?
Captain Ed Mercer: That is, um, Kermit the Frog.
Lieutenant Commander Bortus: I do not recognise the species.
Captain Ed Mercer: It's... an amphibious lifeform, from Earth.
Lieutenant Commander Bortus: Is it someone you know?
Captain Ed Mercer: No no, he's just... a leader... I admire. Always keeps his cool in a crisis, inspires greatness in his people, He's... So! What can I do for you?
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References Dora the Explorer (2000) See more »

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went down REALLY fast
19 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

While the first episode was promising - this one takes its worst treats and magnifies them. From childish, unprofessional and erratic behaviour of seemingly untrained crew to weak humour and pathetic clichés. Sprinkle it with some bad acting and you have it. So much wasted potential (again).

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