In Review: The Orville – Lasting Impressions

The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.

Synopsis: The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.

Review: The crew gets a bit of a culture shock when they learn about life in 2015 via a time capsule and somebodies I-phone.

The Story

When the crew is asked to look after the contents of a time capsule from 2015 while it is being transported. Gordon finds a mobile phone and its contents so intriguing that he creates a simulation based on the owner’s photographs and other data and proceeds to fall in love with her.

Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden become highly addicted to smoking cigarettes with comical results.

The Acting

Former Star Trek: Voyager star Tim Russ puts in a brief guest appearance as archeologist and historian Dr. Sherman who mistakes the acronym WTF for ‘Wireless Telecommunications Facility’. A line of dialogue he had that earned a brief chuckle.

Much of the heavy lifting in this episode is done by Scott Grimes and Leighton Meester. Watching Gordon become more and more infatuated with Laura who is the woman that owned the phone in 2015 was really quite fun to watch. Both actors committed fully to it and did a really good job. I felt really sorry for Gordon when Laura reconnected with her boyfriend.

I really liked how the episode discussed the impact of all relationships and how the various connections that people make over a lifetime help them expand and I really related to that as well given that I have personally done a lot of growing as a person in recent years thanks to various changes in my life and new people coming in.


I really enjoyed this episode and how it explored the human condition by asking the question of what future generations would think of how we are in the now. What aspects of us would be different? What would be the same?

The episode also illustrates how underused as a dramatic actor Scott Grimes is given that for the most part, he has been the comic relief. Whereas in this episode we get to see the more sensitive and mature side of the character.

And Bortus and Klyden struggling with cigarette addiction was hilarious.

The Orville - Lasting Impressions
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  • Incidental Music

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