The Orville (2017– )
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Ed and Gordon are sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate a Krill ship and obtain a copy of their bible.

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Jon Cassar

Writers:

Seth MacFarlane (created by), David A. Goodman
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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
Kelly Hu ... Admiral Ozawa
Michaela McManus ... Teleya
Dylan Kenin ... Krill Captain Haros
James Horan ... Sazeron
Michael Dempsey ... Mining Chief Harry Leidecker
Makabe Ganey ... Coja
Gabriella Graves ... Krill Girl Student
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Storyline

After the Orville confronts a Krill spaceship attacking a federated plant colony and captures a shuttle, admiral Ozawa orders to use it with an anatomic disguise devise to go undercover aboard the major ship. Captain Mercer and pilot Malloy must pretend to be sole survivors of a battle with humans, win Krill captain Haros's trust and get insight in the 'Krill Bible', the secret basis of their inflexible religion of Avis, which gives them a sense of divinely ordained superiority rendering peaceful coexistence with other species pointless. As if the suspicious ship 'chaplain' requesting a guard to the chapel weren't bad enough, the infiltrators discover a super-weapon aboard but get conscious issues about the Krill school children and their teacher to Ed's taste, Teleya. Written by KGF Vissers

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First episode of the show not written by Seth MacFarlane. See more »

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When the Orville team returns to the Krill chapel, they are seen by Krill security and fired upon. The Orville team ducks and the camera views the security team from over the altar. No Holy Book is seen. However, later in this scene, the book is back on the altar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Gordon Malloy: Okay, let's hear it. How did you dump him? Everyone wants to know.
Lt. Alara Kitan: There's nothing juicy to tell. I just told him that if he couldn't get comfortable with our differences, then there was no point dragging this out.
Lt. John LaMarr: And by "differences", you mean the fact that you could bench press him with one arm.
Lt. Alara Kitan: Apparently, having a girlfriend with ten times your physical strength makes a guy feel emasculated.
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Outstanding and Awkward
13 October 2017 | by ionisravellSee all my reviews

Orville delivered on balancing comedy and drama while giving us an insight to the society of Krill.

So far series presented this alien species as the default enemy. If the plot needed nameless bad guys, Krill filled the role. This episode gives us a chance to see Orville's universe through Krill eyes - it is a great chance to explore series setting.

Speaking of settings, Krill ship, prognostics and actors in them, present themselves outstandingly and give a believable representation of an alien culture.

Krill bare resemblance to Warhammer 40.000's Empire of Man - with their religious devotion in the age of spaceships, by we can easily compare them to our modern faith-based societies and ask ourselves a question, how to make peace with someone who is on a mission from the Divine?

Orville doesn't present those type of questions openly, but introduces us to a story that grows more complex with each scene - a fairly simple mission gets complicated and moral choices must be made.

That is what sci-fi that inspires to resemble Star Trek should be doing!

It is worth noting that we're having a chance to see Captain Mercer and Lieutenant Malloy being focus of the episode - both characters bring a degree of awkward charm to the story, but there is only one truly memorable funny scene in the whole episode. Both protagonists present rather awkward, bordering of incompetent, attitude towards their mission, especially compared to the very serious negative background of their Krill crewmates. It serves as a lighter tone for the episode but can be seen as overdone.

Light touch when it comes to comedy adds to the dramatic undertone, leaving us asking ourselves the question - can the circle of hate be broken by more violence and death?

Seth Macfarlane proves, beyond any doubt, that his aspirations for Orville go beyond a simple spoof fuelled by humour. Those who want a space comedy might feel disappointed, everyone else will probably enjoy the ride.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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