The Orville (2017– )
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The crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac, after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space.


Brannon Braga


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Brannon Braga | 1 more credit »

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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
Larry Joe Campbell ... Steve Newton
Brian Thompson ... Drogen
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn (as Kai Di'Nilo Wener)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Computer (voice)
Brett Easton ... Feral Alien Man


Isaac pilots a shuttle with Dr. Finn and her ever-bickering brat sons to a planet, but a space fold forces him to make an emergency landing on a very distant, uncharted planet, The shuttle is badly damaged, he can barely find enough mineral fuel to send a short alarm signal, uncertain the Orville will pick it up. Isaac, who came along to study human family dynamics, is stuck with wining Ty and his even dumber bully brother Marcus and tries his hand at 'parenting'. Having been attacked in the shuttle wreck by the brutish locals, he decides to set out in search of the estimated place where mother Claire Finn, who was thrown out. She's taken to the shelter of a lonely feral, unlike most not affected by a contagious biological weapon during a war. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

2 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The episode opens with Ty calling out to his mother, who is in her bed, which is in reference to a Family Guy episode where Stewie called out to Lois in almost the exact manner. See more »


In the shuttle bay, they went aboard ECV-197-2, but while in flight, it changed to the ECV-197-1 and the front window got bigger. In the end, it is hard to see, but it looks like they were rescued by ECV-197-2. See more »


Lt. John LaMarr: Hey, ah, Steve, you think we could change the music? Something less depressing.
Steve Newton: You got to get cultured, my friend. Barry Manilow was an under-appreciated genius of his time
Lt. John LaMarr: Then how come I want to throw myself out the airlock?
Yaphit: I gotta say, watching your corpse drift away to this music would be so peaceful.
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References Family Guy (1998) See more »

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It's Called Moral Depth
6 December 2017 | by flash-104See all my reviews

Those arguing about this show in their reviews, on both sides, are missing the point. This episode has more moral depth than all the _Star Trek_ episodes I've seen by Braga put together, and more than any by Bormanis. The characters are not all completely good or completely evil, and actions have consequences. It's also morally serious, in a way I suspect MacFarlane would not get away with if the show were not labeled a comedy, with a serious point to make about three kinds of fatherhood, which would have been controversial if anyone had been paying sufficient attention.

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