There are episodes in every series that can be considered instant classics and are sure to withstand the test of time.  From Firefly’s ‘Out of Gas’, Doctor Who’s ‘Blink’, to Star Trek the Next Generation’s ‘The Inner Light’, scifi has had it’s share of instant classics.  A Happy Refrain is now among them.

The Episode:

Claire realizes that she is in love with Issac and decides to attempt a relationship with the cybernetic being.  Meanwhile, Bortus grows a mustache.

Is it a ‘Good’ Episode?

To say that this episode was good would be an understatement.  It is rare to find an episode that was so perfectly written and performed as this one.

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So far, this series has seemed to be teetering on the edge of scifi and comedy.  Every time it seems that it is tipping one way, gravity takes hold and forces the show in the opposite direction.  It is almost as if Seth and the producers of the series are afraid to embrace one or the other so the balance has continued precarious at best.  In that time we have had urination jokes and awkward relationships a plenty coupled with family drama and the occasional sociopolitical statement, this time however, The Orville found it’s heart.

Acting as sort of a sequel to last season’s Into the Fold, we find that Dr Finn has been developing feelings for Isaac since their time stranded with her sons.  Since then, Issac has helped teach her youngest Piano, been instrumental in helping her oldest son prove his innocence and has generally been a best friend to the Chief Medical Officer.  Even though Issac has had no romantic interest in Clare, it was only a matter of time before Clare saw something more the android officer.

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This episode manages to do what Star Trek has never been able to do with an Android Human relationship.  Sure, Star Trek has covered the subject in episodes like In Theory, but while Trek managed to get the basic point across it never seemed to capture the real emotions involved.  That is not so for this episode.  I was delightfully shocked at how deep this episode was and how it felt as if it was written by someone with a real connection to humanity.  Not only did it broach the subject of what would happen if a biological lifeforms and a technological lifeforms were to get into a relationship, it made the viewer feel for the very characters involved. Normally such a thing would not be possible for characters that I have no real connection to but then I realized, in the time this series has been on, I have become attached to the characters without even realizing it.  Seth McFarlane has managed to subversively make me care about the crew of The Orville without me even being aware that it was happening.  I will be honest, this one made me cry and they were not sad tears.

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To me, this is the best episode that this series has presented thus far and I am more than impressed that it was penned and directed by the series creator Seth McFarlane.  This really shows his depth and growth in his abilities and I really look forward to what else he has up his sleeve. Additionally, actors Mark Jackson and Penny Johnson dominate this episode, giving their characters an incredible amount of character development that is rare for any series, let alone a comedy one.


Gleanings, Questions and cool bits: (slight spoilers here)

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  • So Clare and Issac are in a relationship now.  I am really looking forward to where this is going.
  • There was a moment where Issac seemed to actually feel something.  I hope that his people do not see this as a virus because things could get awkward quickly.
  • We see actor Mark Jackson for the first time out of his costume in the Virtual Version of Isaac.  The same happens for Norm MacDonald’s Character Yaphit which makes for some very good comedy.
  • Bortus grows a mustache and honestly,  I hope he grows it back at some point.

Thanks for reading the SciFi TV Review  I look forward to discussing the rest of the series with you!

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Late To The Game 2/24/2019

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