In Review: The Orville – About a Girl

The Orville crew is torn between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born sprog should receive a sex change operation. 

Synopsis: The Orville crew is torn between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born sprog should receive a sex change operation.

Review: Minus the obvious humor at the beginning of the episode. This turns out to be the best story that the Orville has to offer thus far and what’s more. It felt very much like a Star Trek: Original series or Next Generation story.

Picking up from where last week left us. The crew of the ship is celebrating a new life, but Bortus and Klyden are wanting to get the child’s sex altered so it will fit in with their all-male society. This leads the various crew members to try and convince Bortus that having a girl is not a bad thing.

This episode although fairly obvious with its story beats felt very much like the type of Story that Star Trek should have been doing 30 years ago. Yet now it feels fairly current with children identifying as transgendered at younger and younger ages.

When Bortus sees Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer he changes his mind about getting his child’s sex changed and tries to convince Kyden of his point of view, which leads Klyden into telling his partner that he was once female.

In order to settle the stalemate, the crew visits Bortus’s home planet in order for there to be a tribunal to discuss the ethics and make a decision once and for all about the babies future. Bortus asks the Captain to defend his point of view, but Mercer decides to allow Kelly to argue the case given that she did a year of interplanetary law.

Ultimately the case is ruled against Bortus, but his people learn that one of their greatest writers was a female during the court case, which was thanks to Mercer figuring out that there may have been other females of Bortus’s species born, but hidden away from the mainstream society.

Written by ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and ‘Enterprise’s’ Brannon Braga. ‘About a Girl’ proves to be a step up for The Orville, but the show still feels a tad too much like Star Trek. Perhaps they should ask Paramount and CBS is they can do a rebrand.

The Orville - About a Girl
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