In Review: The Orville – Command Performance

Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville

Synopsis: When Ed and Kelly are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home, Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden receive some happy, yet unexpected news.

Review: This second episode was a slight improvement over the first, but it still has some work to do.

The episode begins with some really bad egg jokes at the expense of Bortus who has apparently laid one and needs to take three weeks off in order to sit on it. These jokes were not in the least bit funny and once again slowed the story down. The egg just served as a plot device to get Bortus out of the way so Alara could take command.

The episode’s story slightly borrows from the Star Trek original series episode ‘The Cage’, in that Ed and Kelly are captured by an alien species, which is supposedly far more intelligent than anyone in the union.

Halston Sage puts in a pretty solid performance as Alara who is overwhelmed by the weight of command. 

It is Alara’s personal journey as she grows into the role of the acting commander that makes this episode watchable and is the meat and veg of the episode.

The comedy beats like in last weeks episode are very hit and miss, but the resolution and the means by which Alara is able to rescue the Captain and Kelly gave me a mild chuckle in that we get to see a superior alien race being dumbed down by reality television much like many modern television viewers are.

I think we call that irony.

The episode resolves with Bortus egg hatching to reveal that the happy couple has had a girl. Which of course is unheard of given that their entire species is male.

Much like I said last week. The music is really nice, but it is a little too on the nose and reminiscent of what we heard in countless episodes of Star Trek: The Generation. Although I am marking the incidental music rather highly. I’d rather that the production look into changing it up a little bit so The Orville can perhaps have its own unique identity instead of blatant parody.

I’ve read fans of this series online saying that this show puts them in mind of Galaxy Quest. I personally do not see what they see. To me, Galaxy quest was a better parody of Star Trek because it had its own look and feel and didn’t overly rely on Star Trek’s look.

For me, this series is either here or there. It’s okay, but it certainly isn’t appointment television.

8.3
The Orville - Command Performance
  • Story
    6.8
  • Acting
    8.1
  • CGI
    9.4
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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