The Orville (2017– )
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The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.

Director:

Kelly Cronin

Writers:

Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane
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Cast

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
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Leighton Meester ... Laura Huggins
Tim Russ ... Dr. Sherman
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Darri Ingolfsson ... Greg
Sarah Scott ... Trisha
Ajay Vidure ... Karl
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The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Tim Russ, who guest-starred as the historian (anthropologist/archeologist) Doctor Sherman, also played the Vulcan Mr. Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »

Goofs

Gordon gets Laura's telephone number inside the simulation and yet he manages to bring the napkin with the number out of the simulation. Although Star Trek: The Next Generation established that items created in the holodeck could not leave the room, that has not yet been established for the technology used on the Orville. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ed Mercer: The universe is not governed by individual perception; it matters what's true.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap (1989) See more »

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Lips Are Movin
Written by Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor
Performed by Meghan Trainor
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MacFarlane Addresses A Classic Theme With Fresh Eyes
25 March 2019 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

You can tell this episode was written by Seth, himself. It is based upon the film "Laura" (1943) starring Dana Andrews. Like the film, this episode is about a character falling in love with a woman he has never met, as he investigates her life. When the crew finds a time capsule from 2015, Gordon creates a hologram program utilizing the contents of a cell phone that was owned by a young woman named Laura Huggins (cf. Laura Hunt in the film). Virtual reality becomes Gordon's reality as the episode explores the differences, if any, between objective truth, subjective truth, and virtual truth.

What a joy to watch a story that is intelligent and challenging. And romantic! In the end, Gordon must decide which truth he will embrace, leading to a beautiful denoument. Those who enjoy this episode should check out the classic film and another film that plays with the same theme, "Sharkey's Machine" starring Burt Reynolds.


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