The Orville (2017– )
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Kelly leads a team to find two missing Union anthropologists on a planet similar to Earth.


Tucker Gates


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. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Giorgia Whigham ... Lysella
Steven Culp ... Willks
Ron Canada ... Admiral Tucker
Catherine Shu ... Hoshel
John Viener ... Man Spilling Coffee
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, juts a system of voting by the general public o 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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Release Date:

26 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode shares many similarities with the Black Mirror season 3 episode "Nosedive", in which your social rating determines your societal value. In both, certain establishments will refuse service if you have a low enough rating See more »


John was four votes away from ten million votes. Why would he tell off the prison staff after winning? There were enough of them there to vote him down to reach ten million. See more »


Admiral Tucker: Exactly what did you navigator do down there?
Capt. Ed Mercer: I'm told he... dry-humped a statue.
Admiral Tucker: My God - what kind of ship are you running out there, Captain?
Capt. Ed Mercer: Look, Admiral, he's an impulsive guy, yeah, but he's fantastic at his job.
Admiral Tucker: Part of his job is to maintain a low profile when observation lesser-developed alien cultures.
Capt. Ed Mercer: I, I know that, and I promise it will not happen again; I will personally order him... not to hump things.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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Good again
27 October 2017 | by yachipsSee all my reviews

Why does everyone say that this story is about social networks and media? In my opinion, this is about the reactions of the crowd, which was the same long before the social networks. The fact that a little thoughtfulness will not hurt before judging. For example, when people rate 1 or 2 on any movie that does not like. Orville, as before, is good.

Sorry for my bad English.

PS. I also thought that so many people are voting against Discovery, hurrying and not understanding its refinement and clues. Positive and progress, which can be seen not immediately, but gradually. Even on this page continue to scold. Such an irony. Can many people do not understand the plot correctly Orville? Orville and Discovery are both good, each in its own way. I really like both. Two of my favorite shows are now.

As for the "Black Mirror" and borrowing, I will say that all the stories were once created, often in ancient Greece. The main thing who will tell the story better. In my opinion, "black mirror" - speculates on the subject, blaming good tools, instead of talking about the disadvantages of people in the crowd and about upbringing. Orville speaks more precisely and correctly. People vote 10 for the "...Mirror" and this is a bad lesson. I personally will not look at the "black mirror". But I look Orville with pleasure.

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