TV Review: The Orville 1×12

Episode Title: Mad Idolatry 1 x12 (Season Finale?)

Original Airdate: 12/7/2017 on FOX (Watched via HULU the next day)

Grade: C

NOTE:  This is quite possibly the season finale of the Orville, which was renewed for a second season.  I am not sure if they ordered more episodes for Season 1, or if they are planning on going on shorter format series similar to other sci fi series like Doctor Who.

Notable Guest Stars

Kelly Hu (Admiral Ozawa) – Ms. Hu has appeared on numerous hit TV shows as recurring characters, as well provide voice for many comic-based animated TV shows.  You might recognize her though from X-men as Lady Deathstrike.

Brannon Braga (Director and Producer) – Also Director and Producer on Star Trek.

Notable Quotes

Alara:  But how can that happen?

Gordon:  Drugs?


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TV Review: The Orville

Episode Title:  New Dimensions
Original Air Date: 11/30/2017

Notable Guest Stars:

Victor Garber as Admiral Halsey

Paul Vogt (Captian Horbalak):  He played Lord Crawley in the Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.  Which is is one of my favorite fun movies so he has to be mentioned.
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TV Review: The Orville 1×10

Episode: Firestorm (1×10)

Original Airdate:  Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Watched via Hulu on 11/17)

Notable Guest stars:

Richard Picardo (Ildis Kitan):  Known for being on Star Trek (As The Doctor/EMH) , and Stargate (as Richard Woolsey), as well as promoting science.   He’s one of my favorite guest stars to see.
Molly Hagan (Kitan):  I looked her up because I couldn’t figure out why she looked so familar.  Turns out that Ms. Hagan is a Frequent Flyer guest star on several programs I like.  Usually for only one episode.
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Tv Review: The Orville 1×09

Episode Title: Cupid’s Dagger (1×09)

Original Airdate:  November 9, 2017 (Watched via Hulu on 11/10/17)

Notable Guest Stars:

Victor Garbo –  He’s back as Admiral Halesy.
Rob Lowe  (Darulio) – Rob Lowe is known for being part of the ‘brat pack’ of the 80s, and for me as Sam Seaborn from The West Wing.  He is also known for Parks & Recreation and lately he has been working on a ghost hunting show with his two sons.

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TV Review: The Orville 1×07

Episode:  Majority Rule (1×07)
(Original Air Date of 10/26/17; viewed on Hulu on 10/27/17)

Notable Guest Stars:

Ron Canada (Adm. Tucker) – Second appearance on the show.

Steven Culp (Willks) – One of my favorite guest stars of all time.  He’s been on Star Trek, The West Wing, JAG, NCIS.  He is forever Major Hayes or Web.

So the concept of voting for executions seems rather weird.  We don’t even know what the two men did that brought them to this point, but apparently everyone’s life is down to social voting.  (EDIT:  As I am watching this as I write, I have to correct this from later in the episode; we do know what they did.)

Gordon has now been upgraded from last spot from “Person you don’t want on an away mission.”  I have to wonder why John thought it was a good idea to “dry hump” the statue considering they were on a foreign planet.  I mean, given he’s a senior officer you would think the idea of different cultural ideas might have sunk in.  Not to mention he’s technically at work and not hanging out with his colleagues afterwards.

Also, if they had the ability to know various hat choices, surely they had time to research the planets historical figures?

So from what I heard before I watched, and what I saw when I watched, this episode is an allegory about Social Media and the trial of public opinion.  John got caught dancing with the statue and was put on Youtube.  It became Viral, and now the general public is voting on him and whether they believe his apology.  Should his apology not be believed, he gets more downvotes.  If he gets to a certian amount of downvotes, he’s electrically ‘corrected’ before being sent home.

The Chat, I am assuming is their version of “The Talk”, which is a show I dislike for many reasons, which I’m not going into here because this is a “Review as I watch” post rather than a discussion about media and female discourse.

I think perhaps this is also some discussion on the various forms of democracy, and how it can be corrupted.

Not sure this episode is going to be one of my favorites, but it was well acted and some of the shots were nicely done as well.

Notable Quotes:

John: “It’s these jeans – if I leaned back now I’d give myself a vasectomy”


Claire: What if people try to collaborate this?
Lysella:  Don’t worry, they won’t.


  • They do have the point of cyber bullying and the masses not fact checking.  Many times people will get self-rightious on social media and don’t take into concideration the person’s age, intent, or knowledge base.  I’ve seen people who consider themselves social activists go after people who don’t have the awareness to know what they are saying/doing is offensive/not correct.  They bully these people rather then educate them or at least allow them to go educate themselves.

    Fact checking is always a problem on the internet.  I’ve been guilty of this a few times myself.  You read something, and perhaps you trust the source and just post it, or you forget because you are reading something on your phone on your break and have to get back to work.  And it gets spread because everyone else is also reading while on a break or not looking at the source because they trust you and it spreads from there.   I’ve tried to get into the habit of looking at the websites I read, and also bookmarking thigns if I don’t have time to really go into it.  Also making sure to read various articles on the subject to double check facts.

  • THe fact that not all things are instantly curable at this stage of the game.  Sometimes Future based Sci-fi shows like their medical stuff to be 98% solved. One of my great pet peeves about TNG was the fact that colds and headaches were treated as something that rarely happened anymore.


  • I can’t imagine this system working for a world population. Also it can’t be completely unstructured or there would be no way of enforcing the popular vote.

Final Grade:  B

TV Review: The Orville 1×06

And now I am caught up.  Since the episode airs on Thursday on FOX, I hope that it will be up on Hulu (where I can watch it) Friday morning, so with all luck Friday’s post will be the 7th episode that airs this week.  but first, the sixth episode:

Episode:  Krill (1×06)

(Original Airdate: October 12, 2007)

Notable Guest Stars:

Michaela McManus (Teleya) -She’s been in a couple big shows, but I know her mostly as Lindsey from One Tree Hill.

James Horan (Sazeron) – Star Trek Alum who also does alot of voice work for video games. He appeared in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.


This episode was a wonderfully written episode.  Ed and Gordon are sent undercover (using Holographic technology so no physical alterations) to obtain the Krill holybook so that the Union can better understand the people they are fighting.  The Krill believe their god has made them the supreme species in the universe, and therefore they are mission bound to take over.

THis episode does a good job in giving us a look at how the Krill operate.  I was a little uncomfortable with the theme that belief in god makes you less advanced or more inclined to be terrorists, however.  It seemed pretenious and a bit preachy.

I have to admit that in previous scifi ship shows you don’t often find the main crew come across another ship with children on it. I didn’t realise that till I saw this episode and realised it seemed odd that there was this idea that Humans would be the only ones to make long term exploratory vessels with families on board.

I have to admit that in this episode, Gordon reminded me a lot of Scott Grimes’ other known character Archie Morris from ER.  Except perhaps more inclined to do adult humor.

Notable Quotes:

Gordon:  Dude!  We are Vampire Hunters!


Gordon:  AH!  That;’s a new leg!


Ed: They aren’t my enemy.

Teleya:  After seeing what you did, they will be.


More back story about the Krill


I was a little disappointed in the heavy Anti-religon of this episode.  Like somehow believing in a deity makes you less advanced.  While I get that the Krill are set up as fundamentalists, that still doesn’t mean that belief in god is somehow wrong.

Final Grade: A-