The Orville (2017– )
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Lasting Impressions 

The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.


Kelly Cronin


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
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Leighton Meester ... Laura Huggins
Tim Russ ... Dr. Sherman
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Darri Ingolfsson ... Greg
Sarah Scott ... Trisha
Ajay Vidure ... Karl


The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.

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Release Date:

21 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Items in the time capsule include: an iPhone, a bottle of 5-Hour Energy, a can of Coca-Cola, a CFL light bulb, Fifty Shades of Grey (either DVD or book), a Snickers bar, a can of spam, over-the-ear headphones, a bottle of nail polish, cigarettes, a USA Today newspaper, money, a tube of toothpaste, Purell hand sanitizer, a tube of sunscreen, a stethoscope, a New York Yankees ball cap, regular glasses, sunglasses, a toy car, a Fitbit, a birthday card, a pair of flip flops, an X-Men t-shirt, a box of Oreos, a take-out pizza menu, a restaurant or diner menu, a video game and an US magazine. There was also a small bottle of some sort pills, maybe diet pills or vitamins (I couldn't read the bottle). See more »


In the simulator scene near the end of the episode, as Laura and Gordon are singing together, there's a camera shot from above the bar. One of the bartenders looks at the camera. See more »


[the crew and Dr. Sherman are examining the content of Laura's cell phone]
Dr. Sherman: Look at this. She's clearly asking her friend where to find the nearest repair service for her device. But instead of writing "wireless telecommunications facility", she just wrote "WTF". Now, we can decode things like this by applying historical context.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap (1989) See more »


Lips Are Movin
Written by Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor
Performed by Meghan Trainor
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MacFarlane Addresses A Classic Theme With Fresh Eyes
25 March 2019 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

You can tell this episode was written by Seth, himself. It is based upon the film "Laura" (1943) starring Dana Andrews. Like the film, this episode is about a character falling in love with a woman he has never met, as he investigates her life. When the crew finds a time capsule from 2015, Gordon creates a hologram program utilizing the contents of a cell phone that was owned by a young woman named Laura Huggins (cf. Laura Hunt in the film). Virtual reality becomes Gordon's reality as the episode explores the differences, if any, between objective truth, subjective truth, and virtual truth.

What a joy to watch a story that is intelligent and challenging. And romantic! In the end, Gordon must decide which truth he will embrace, leading to a beautiful denoument. Those who enjoy this episode should check out the classic film and another film that plays with the same theme, "Sharkey's Machine" starring Burt Reynolds.

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