Kelly leads a team to find two missing Union anthropologists on a planet similar to Earth.


Tucker Gates


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. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Giorgia Whigham ... Lysella
Steven Culp ... Willks
Ron Canada ... Admiral Tucker
Catherine Shu ... Hoshel
John Viener ... Talk Show Moderator
Roy Abramsohn ... Morning Host
Loren Lester ... Lewis


Admiral Tucker orders the Orville to investigate the disappearance of two Union anthropologists undercover on a planet akin to 21the century earth. The captain must stand by observing Kelly's small away party, including suitably empathetic doc, Alara -who headdress proves inefficient- and lieutenant John LaMarr, whose childish dance on a statue is considered an utter outrage. The society has no actual authorities, just a system of voting by the general public on everyone's behavior, and John's is deemed bad enough for tele-voting which may result in 'social correction', a primitive electric brainwashing. Written by KGF Vissers

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The exterior shots took place on the grounds of Los Angeles Center Studios. See more »


At 38:55 minutes into the episode we see a shot of 'the feed' which shows people in the up-vote section already commenting on the video of John and his dog Chuckles, but the crew haven't yet uploaded the video. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: Who would need such a large cup?
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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Ham-fisted at best
26 October 2017 | by savvypatachonicaSee all my reviews

Another reviewer just about took the words right out of my mouth. This episode is as if the writers of Saved by the Bell were tasked with writing for Black Mirror. It's almost impressive that this episode manages to be both heavy handed and heavily watered down. "What if Reddit were a planet?" There. Your mind is as stimulated as it's going to get. You could just watch the cold open and get the gist of the entire episode. Better yet, don't.

I'd prefer not write negative reviews, but I found myself legitimately frustrated. This series started shaky, got a little bit better, and then fell into a pit.

Maybe there's still hope for the show, but this episode is trash.

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26 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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