This season has been incredibly strong so far and continues to impress time and again. This time we are presented with the first real two part episode that may have some serious repercussions for the remainder of the season, if not the series itself.
After Isaac shuts down unexpectedly, the crew return him to his homeworld where they discover a terrible secret that may threaten the whole of humanity. Meanwhile, Claire and her sons try to deal with the possible loss of their friend.
Is it a ‘Good’ Episode?
This episode is on par with any of the two-part cliffhangers Star Trek or any other scifi series have ever presented. For the first time in the series there is a genuine threat that looks and feels as if it could spell the end to the Planetary Union itself. Like most series, we all know that it is unlikely that anything bad will happen to Ed Mercer and his crazy crew but seeing that the series has not been afraid to remove crew-members without warning, anything can happen.
It is human nature to get attached to people and things. No matter how much we claim to be loners we have a tendency to find connections with even inanimate objects. Imagine finding a connection with a being that, for all purposes, seems to be interested in you and your well-being but you soon discover that it’s interest is only part of it’s overarching mission to collect information.
Imagine if the Borg or the Cybermen were a lot more amicable and managed to have a crew-member serving with the heroes. Through the adventure you get to know and love these beings only to discover that they are not what they appear at all. Just think how you felt the moment Data went bad in the season six finale or when Angel turned evil after Buffy and he had a night of passion. Some of the best stories are when those you trust turn against you.
I look forward to finding out how the Crew of The Orville get out of this one and the ramifications it has for the rest of the series.
Gleanings, Questions and cool bits: (slight spoilers here)
- The Kaylons refer to Isaac as The Emissary. Ben Sisko was the Emissary on Deep Space Nine. Penny Johnson plays Dr Clare Finn on The Orville and Cassidy Yates on DS9. She dates Isaac on The Orville and Sisko on DS9. See the connection yet?
- I love the design of the warrior Keylon. The eye guns are a work of genius.
- Do we really think Issac is going to try to destroy humanity or will their idea of destroying humanity be something with a McFarlane humorous twist. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be fun.
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