In Review: The Orville – Ja’Loja

As The Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus' special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating.

Synopsis: As The Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus’ special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Meanwhile, Gordon asks for John’s help in getting game, and Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice.

Review: Fox got an early start to bringing 2019 in with the second season premiere of The Orville, which sees Bortus reveal a little more about his planets culture with a once a year type of ceremony, which may well be his version of bringing the new year in.

The Story

There isn’t really much to this in the way of a story. At least not in the adventure of the week sense. It’s mostly light comedy soap opera type stuff focusing on the various crew members. The introduction of a new crewmember and the fact that Bortus needs to go to his home planet to take an awfully long pee, which is likely so long that it’d make your average Klingon blush.

That aside though there is some interesting and fun stuff happening with regards to Dr. Claire Finn’s oldest child Markus who has befriended the school trouble causer and gets caught drinking. Issac’s parenting advice for such a situation is kind of funny if not predictable, but this particular storyline continues the fun friendship, which was starting to bloom between Issac and Claire in the last series.

Of course, the episode closes out with all the crewmates gathered around to watch Bortus pee away the old year.

The Acting

A really strong performance this week from BJ Tanner who generates enough teen angst as Markus Finn to take out an entire fleet of Krill, which is something that this episode could have done with. A little more action and adventure.


This is not a particularly brilliant start for the season given that it was mostly character-based drama with a light dash of comedy. Sure Gordon getting dating advice from John was fun as were Issac’s parental tips, but as someone that grew to enjoy what last season had to offer. I found myself disappointed with the lack of adventure and exploration, which is something that the series managed to pull off surprisingly well in its first season.

I’m really hoping that this episode isn’t representative of what’s to come in the coming weeks.

The Orville - Ja'Loja
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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:
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