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The Orville, season 2 finale, “The Road Not Taken”

This episode is better if you don’t know anything about it before watching it, so go watch it before reading any further.

It begins with Ed and Gordon stealing something that looks like a microwave oven. I’m thinking that it must be something important and a case of bad set design, but then it turns out to be … yes a microwave oven! Or at least, the high-tech-future-version of a microwave oven, a food replicator.

There are some Orville fans online who find fault with this episode, but I see it as a fun homage to Star Wars that you’re not supposed to take too seriously. Unlike with Star Trek Discovery where you ARE supposed to take the Star Wars type of stuff seriously. So I totally enjoyed it for the soundtrack, the special effects, and the irreverence of it all.

Looking forward to Season 3.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 26, 2019 at 9:05 PM

Posted in Star Trek, Television

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  1. Good episode. And it resolved the issue we talked about in our last discussion.

    destructure

    April 26, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    • Ditto, although not in a way I would have preferred. And it didn’t explain why Finn just vanished at the end.

      Mike Street Station

      April 27, 2019 at 6:51 AM

      • I just read a plausible explanation on reddit: once kelly’s memory is successfully wiped, the timeline resets and that version of claire no longer exists, so she disappears.

        toomanymice

        April 28, 2019 at 8:39 AM

      • At least reddit is dealing with the important issues.

        Mike Street Station

        April 28, 2019 at 2:47 PM

  2. I love the show but this episode fell flat for me. Too many implausibilities- kelly remembers the future but the only alteration she makes is not dating mercer? How about warning all life in the universe about the kaylon?

    The kaylon’s ridiculously bad aim. Mercer and Gordon would have been toast trying to escape on foot. Same for all the ship chases.

    Moreover I just don’t get a strong chemistry between mercer and kelly and fail to see what’s so appealing about her such that mercer adores her and the demise of their relationship dooms the universe. Yes she’s pretty but her personality is kind of cold and vile. Even her 7 year younger ‘fun’ self was vapid, self centered and slutty. I get a much more compelling chemistry between claire and isaac, by contrast.

    Agree with mike, claire vanishing is a huge plot hole.

    The episode was fun and cute but I was disappointed. And why do dystopic societies always have such cool black leather clothes?

    toomanymice

    April 27, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    • Wow that was a pretty good review!

      Yeah I couldn’t figure out why Kelly, knowing that the Kaylon were the real danger to the galaxy, didn’t try to do something about it? I get that you can’t just waltz into Union headquarters and say, “Hey I just got back from the future and the Kaylon, not the Krill are the real enemy.” But it seems as if there were a lot of things she could have done to expose them, or if nothing else, set them up. Or…maybe just ask Isaac. I don’t think anything he actually said in the previous episodes of the show were a lie. Maybe he would have just said, “Yes we are trying to determine if you are dangerous enough to require eliminating.”

      Robots, like Imperial Stormtroopers, have ridiculously bad aim.

      Mike Street Station

      April 28, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    • You’re right, Kelly not warning the Union of the Kaylon is a big plot hole.

      JayMan

      April 28, 2019 at 8:54 AM

      • If I told everyone I’ve been to the future, and I know that the Australians and not the Russians are our true enemy, would anyone believe me? I don’t think so.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 28, 2019 at 9:21 AM

  3. An homage to Star Trek, you mean?

    My main fault with this episode was that the pacing was way too rushed. They had enough story to work with to give us a third part, but the catastrophe got resolved very quickly evaporating the gravity of the situation. They had the opportunity for some fun characters moments with the story they set up, but wasted it.

    In short I have to say the Orville is great with the set-up in two-parters but falls down a bit on the follow through.

    That and the whole Mariana Trench thing was hard to regard as a true hazard after the ship escaped from a black hole a bit earlier!

    I also would have loved to see more of Alara in action.

    JayMan

    April 28, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    • I assumed they didn’t take the freighter into the ocean because of hull damage caused by the kaylon.

      toomanymice

      April 28, 2019 at 9:43 AM

      • Sure, but escaping a black hole is way more impressive than going to the bottom of an ocean on a planet.

        JayMan

        April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM


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