The Orville (2017– )
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The crew face personal challenges on their way to witness Bortus perform a Moclan ceremony on his homeworld.


Seth MacFarlane


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. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Will Sasso ... Mooska
Mike Henry ... Dann
Chris Johnson ... Cassius
Jason Alexander ... Olix
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn


The crew face personal challenges on their way to witness Bortus perform a Moclan ceremony on his homeworld.

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Release Date:

30 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This was actually the final episode of Season 1. For unknown reasons, Fox opted to hold it back, which is why Season 1 consists of only 12 episodes and this one 14. See more »


A third boy is involved with James and Marcus in the food machine hack, but after they're caught, the third kid is never seen or mentioned again. See more »


Dr. Claire Finn: [after Marcus is caught with a bottle of alcohol] I'm starting to think that I suck at this parenting thing.
Isaac: I must agree with that assessment.
Dr. Claire Finn: [insulted] Well, what would you have done?
Isaac: My anthropological studies have revealed many different methods of discipline employed throughout human history. Perhaps compulsory consumption of further quantities of alcohol will diminish his desire for the substance.
Dr. Claire Finn: Pour booze down his throat until he can't handle any more?
Isaac: Precisely.
Dr. Claire Finn: Yeah, that's called ...
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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it's basically "Friends" in space.
31 December 2018 | by cavemouldSee all my reviews

This series defies classification. This episode was rather boring for a season premiere. Disappointed at the lack of high risk scenarios and space battles. In fact, even some middle risk scenarios would have been good. Going to Bortis' home-world to watch him pee is just a plot device so they can have melodramatic interplay in the uninspiring relationship between Seth and his number 2 in command. It had it's moments though, I think they are doing a good job fine tuning the humour so it is more believable, and getting the balance right. Moments like the Commander sneaking up outside in the shuttle to spy on his ex, and when the ginger navigator guy (sorry, i forgot his name) walks up to the girl and then immediately does a 180 and walks back, were both amusing and believable, even in the sci-fi setting. Exposing quirky character traits in the crew works well in all time-lines, past, present, and future, and we need more of that, and less of the crude family guy fart jokes. Also, we want more space battles, and less stupid soap drama.

For a season 2 premiere, this should have been much stronger, but I expect this season will deliver a few good episodes, just as the previous one did.

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