In Review: The Orville – Cupid’s Dagger

The Orville is called to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures

Synopsis: The Orville is called to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures, but tensions run even higher between Ed and Kelly when a familiar face boards the ship. Meanwhile, Yaphit declares his love for Dr. Finn with surprising results.

Review: The Orville goes more to the side of comedy for this weeks episode, which sees Darulio, Kelly’s ex-lover board the ship. As we all know. Darulio is the blue alien that Kelly was caught with by Ed, which ultimately split up their marriage.  In the episode, he is called in to examine an ancient artifact, which could hold the key to potential peace between two warring races.

The situation gets tense and then strange as it is revealed that Darulio is in heat and as such he gives off a pheromone, which is passed on by touch. This leads to Ed and Kelly competing with each other for Darulio’s attention as well as Dr. Finn having encounters of a slime kind with Yathit.

Luckily Lt Alara is responsible enough to figure out what is going on and help smooth things over when the two alien delegations declare open war on each other.

There’s some funny stuff happening in this episode and some of it is to do with Darulio, but a majority of it comes from Issac and Bortus who have some of the best lines in the episode.

Darulio who is played by Rob Lowe proves to be a fun addition and will hopefully bring a close to the relationship issues between Ed and Kelly, which have been popping up throughout the first nine episodes and are getting kind of boring.

The set up with the two warring alien species and the archeological relic that Darulio is called in to investigate felt very Star Trek: The Next Generation. In fact, it somewhat reminded me a little of the first season episode of Next Gen in which Mick Fleetwood guest starred. And the thing with the pheromone’s could well have been lifted from either Next Gen or the original series.

Overall. An okay episode with some fun humour and visuals that will be impossible to unsee. I.E. Dr. Finn and Yaphit.

The Orville - Cupid's Dagger
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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