The Orville (2017– )
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The crew face personal challenges on their way to witness Bortus perform a Moclan ceremony on his homeworld.


Seth MacFarlane


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane

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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. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Will Sasso ... Mooska
Mike Henry ... Dann
Chris Johnson ... Cassius
Jason Alexander ... Olix
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn


The crew face personal challenges on their way to witness Bortus perform a Moclan ceremony on his homeworld.

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Release Date:

30 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Alara calls Bortus a yenta. A yenta is defined as: -A person, especially a woman, who is considered to be meddlesome or gossipy. -A woman who meddles in the business of others; a busybody; a woman gossip; a gossipmonger -A matchmaker; a woman who specializes in finding spouses. See more »


A third boy is involved with James and Marcus in the food machine hack, but after they're caught, the third kid is never seen or mentioned again. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: I have no reason to doubt his seed is fertile.
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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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it's basically "Friends" in space.
31 December 2018 | by cavemouldSee all my reviews

This series defies classification. This episode was rather boring for a season premiere. Disappointed at the lack of high risk scenarios and space battles. In fact, even some middle risk scenarios would have been good. Going to Bortis' home-world to watch him pee is just a plot device so they can have melodramatic interplay in the uninspiring relationship between Seth and his number 2 in command. It had it's moments though, I think they are doing a good job fine tuning the humour so it is more believable, and getting the balance right. Moments like the Commander sneaking up outside in the shuttle to spy on his ex, and when the ginger navigator guy (sorry, i forgot his name) walks up to the girl and then immediately does a 180 and walks back, were both amusing and believable, even in the sci-fi setting. Exposing quirky character traits in the crew works well in all time-lines, past, present, and future, and we need more of that, and less of the crude family guy fart jokes. Also, we want more space battles, and less stupid soap drama.

For a season 2 premiere, this should have been much stronger, but I expect this season will deliver a few good episodes, just as the previous one did.

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