The Orville (2017– )
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Primal Urges 

The crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun.


Kevin Hooks


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Wellesley Wild

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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
Kelly Hu ... Admiral Ozawa
Lesley Fera ... Minister Theece
Mike Henry ... Dann
Michael C. Mahon ... Altox
Darren Dupree Washington ... Simulated Moclan
Jude B. Lanston ... Moclan Prison Guard


The crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun.

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Release Date:

3 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primal Urges 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 a holdover episode that was production coded as 1LAB12 from season one. See more »


When the shuttle leaves the dying planet and Bortus says "We are clear" it is very clear there was a lot more room in the shuttle to save all people, even if they had to stand cramped next to each other, which would be no problem since the shuttle arrived at The Orville a few minutes later. See more »


Minister Theece: Make a life out there with Nathius - a beautiful life among the stars.
Altox: All the days we'll never have.
Minister Theece: Your heart is full of the days we did. That's what you take with you.
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References Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Get over being prudish, and see how well written this episode is
6 January 2019 | by gacsogergelySee all my reviews

So yes, Orville has regular alcohol drinking and sex. Not barely mentioned, off-camera sex, but actual sex. Don't be so superficial religious that your are scared away by that.

Now let's see what happens in the episode. Yes, I could use too some more characters to focus on, but at least the Bortus' relationship went somewhere. It started to be a snooze that despite everything they still quarelled constantly. Yes, B had porn addiction as manifestation of a relationship-problem. Yes, we all know what the problem was, but was that inherent to the current problem? No. It could have been anything. It's not propaganda when it does not touch what you hate by sheer religious dogma. Their relationship was the point.

Now, was the other plot a good StarTrek plot? Yes it was. Was it a bit rushed? I could use more alien-planet-visiting adventure part in the series instead of always being on the ship, but maybe that's a budget-issue. Or not, I'm not tired of the series yet, so keep it on. I like there's no constant mega threat though, just to mention. Even the lizard-people are kept under check. Oh, the visuals were absolutely beautiful by the way.

Now, did the two plot use each other? Yes, and that deserves praising the good writing. B's behaviour was like the cvilisation underground. Not knowing better B also went under the radar. Both instances it was just waiting for the situation blowing in their faces. It is called parallel, and it is good storytelling.

PS: I heared Alara is leaving. It's said, Halston is a talented actress. But as she is good, she likely got other project(s), and her character sadly got used up as far as I can see. Wishing her luck.

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