THE ORVILLE - S2, E2: "PRIMAL URGES"...
Posted 03 January 2019 - 02:19 PM
Posted 03 January 2019 - 02:20 PM
Posted 04 January 2019 - 10:47 AM
It reminds of Lt. Barclay's holodeck addiction on TNG. Retreating into a fantasy world, in this case porn, is quite easy to do with a device like the simulator. That can easily happen to us when we develop that technology. Hell, people are already addicted to entertainment devices... imagine when an immersive environment like that becomes commonplace.
I like how Bortus is still having issues with his baby's sex change. And one can really see his side of anger in Klyden because he didn't fight alongside him.
That planet being swallowed by the sun... that was GORGEOUS! And terrifying at the same time. I really loved that little plot with the last remnants of that civilization. That situation reminds me of TNG's "Homeward" in season 7. Personally, I liked this solution better than what was originally to be the fate of the Boraalans in the TNG episode.
(Interesting coincidence... Penny Johnson Jerald was in "Homeward". Her first appearance in the franchise, if memory serves me.)
I am wondering what scenes were added to the episode to make it work with the longer episode length this season. My guess is the therapy sessions. Anyone else have a guess?
Posted 04 January 2019 - 11:52 PM
Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:51 PM
On the flip side of that, in true Orville fashion, we have the heartbreaking reasons for Bortus's career-endangering and life-threatening porn addiction. He still hasn't come to terms with his baby's sex change or Klyden's part in it. The scene with Dr Finn acting as counselor, bringing it all out in the open, was great. Especially the dramatic shift of Klyden coming in as the injured party and suddenly realizing what his part really was in Bortus's breakdown. Watching the Moclans act out what is essentially a very common and universal relationship crisis in their characteristically blunt and prosaic manner was both hilarious and poignant.
The B-plot involving the rescue of the planet's last survivors was not well developed and should have been given its own episode, if it needed to be done at all. Given the weight and excitement previewed for the upcoming first contact episode, it was dramatically unproductive to throw an inconceivably tragic first contact situation like this in ahead of it. There were plot holes aplenty, and very little attention was given to the horrific dilemma of leaving behind more than half of a civilization's remaining population, even while rescuing a handful of people with no more than the clothes on their backs, who have nothing left of their lives or world or culture, and who do not even represent a viable breeding population. What will become of them?
Also, on the subject of plot holes, the computer virus was not really necessary to the overall plot, providing only a little exaggerated drama at the end. What was so special about the Moclan Oasis Orgy program that Bortus needed to go to a shady Tardigrade for it? "Computer, give me an idyllic pond and a half dozen horny hunks." Easy peasy.
But, structural quibbles aside, it was still a very enjoyable episode (and another reminder of how easy it would be for CBS to do real Star Trek). Gordon, Alara, and Grayson didn't have a lot to do-- and Grayson was acting like kind of a jerk for no apparent reason-- but the season is young.
Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:32 AM
Indeed, this is much more on track.
Why so demure? You're on ExIsle, and known as a gentleman of exquisite tastes and delicate discernment. Can there be any doubt what Lovely Wimmiz [or Mind-twisting Gents] torment your passionate dreams?
To me, either one works as an A- or B-, depending on one's inclinations and tastes -- and that's why I'm a fan of Orville, whatever I think of the rest of MacFarlane's work.
Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:59 PM
Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:20 PM
That would be an interesting thing to explore in sci-fi... In a world with holo-tech like this that can theoretically create ANYTHING, is it "legal" and/or ethical to use a person's exact likeness without some sort of "licensing"? I guess it'd be the same principles that drive the legality of fan-fiction or fan-art of particular characters/actors, but bringing it into the sort of realism you see in holo-tech on these shows seems like it might be a bit of a step too far? Would "real" holodecks have some version of the youtube algorithms to try to stop people from creating/sharing programs with licensed properties?
- Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)
Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:30 PM
Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:23 AM
Certainly he got drubbed by Major Kira for making an unauthorized recreation of her for a "special client" in S3 (S03E08-ish?)
Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:01 AM
Side note... that B-story was far superior to the A-story. And it started the STAR TREK career of Jeffrey Combs.
Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:20 PM
Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:04 AM
I'll have to dig down into my achives this weekend. But TBH, I don't recall being particularly enamored of it back in the day.
It actually seems quite plausible that they were simulated from famous movie scenes. It would provide raw data and add zest for most Moclan consumers. I recall that "Friends" had some episode asserting a widespread Leia-in-a-gold-bikini fetish (and some of my own friends confirming it). Such a porn scene would likely seem quite peculiar to an alien anthropologist, working from first principles.
Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:52 PM
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