The Orville (2017– )
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About a Girl 

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Bortus and Klyden debate whether their newborn child should have a controversial surgery.


Brannon Braga


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Deobia Oparei ... Captain Vorak
David Barrera ... Vásquez
Rena Owen ... Heveena
Lamont Thompson ... Kaybrak
Jonathan Adams ... Moclan Arbitrator
Antonio D. Charity ... Advocate Kagus


Bortus and his he-spouse Klyden having hatched a rare girl, they plan to have its sex normalized to male as customary on Moclan, but the ship's surgeon and captain refuse to have this performed aboard. The parents therefore successfully ask for a Moclan spaceship to pass and give them a boy, but while it arrives, Gordon Malloy's consolatory boys evening animation inspires Bortus to change his mind, unlike his mate. The Moclan captain now presides over a tribunal to decide the clash of cultures, with spectacular surprise testimonies. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

21 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Rico E. Anderson, who plays the Moclan Doctor, also played an uncredited role in Star Trek (2009) as a Council Member. See more »


This episode is one big plot hole. If we assume that all Moclans are 'males', procreation would, in this case, be unisexual, and the concept of 'maleness' and 'femaleness' would not even be in the lexicon of the race. Also, in that case, all Moclans would be exactly the same genetically (barring any mutations), and look exactly the same (for the most part). Now, in this episode, we learn that there are still two genders in the Moclan race, but females are all altered to be males. In this case, the question of how reproduction occurs is still confusing, as it appears that 'males' have all the necessary equipment to reproduce and continue the existence of the race (males mate with males), which actually implies the race is hermaphroditic. If that were the case, Moclans which were exclusively female (or male, for that matter) would have been bred out as useless long before the race had developed the ability (and thus the need) to convert females to males. See more »


Advocate Kagus: Captain Mercer, tell me about your penis.
Ed Mercer: Ah, did I miss a segue of some kind here?
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I said it before and I'll say it again
21 September 2017 | by joekinplayaSee all my reviews

If you're watching this for laughs, you're not going to enjoy this. It uses humor as a complement but not as something that carries the show whereas any plot line that comes out of shows like Archer is driven out of humor.

This episode cements Orville trying to be a serious take at what Star Trek envisioned. And it did just that. People crying about this and that are literal clowns. Watch this episode or any other episode from Star Trek TOS or DS9 with serious ethical dilemmas. Not all of them end happily, especially when they try to uphold what's best in the long run. This episode is similar in fashion; it addresses some social issue that we might face today (as TOS has done) but approaches it so that you can ask questions and debate about it in ways that isn't so preachy but rather out of core ethics. The sense that we have the ability to choose what is best for us and not have things set in stone and dictated for us.

Obviously the writing is not as deep as Star Trek but they embody the same atmosphere of it. One problem I had with the ep was that a lot of the ways they showed that men and women were equal were superficial and you couldn't apply the same points IRL when seriously talking about the same issues. However it's not scared to tackle and confront these issues.

If you really go back and watch Star Trek TOS, it had a lot of bad tropes/poor writing/bad acting/poor plot lines/deus ex machina's too. Get off your high horse. Not to mention the technobabble. 90% of problems could be described by "There seems to be something interfering with the power relays or warp plasma injectors" and you can "bypass" a seemingly impossible to solve issue by saying "I can adjust the frequency which should force the power couplings to burst!" in Geordi voice.

Just enjoy it for what it is. There aren't many shows like this today.

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