THE ORVILLE - S2, E3: "HOME"...
Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:02 AM
Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:13 PM
Her situation with her father is very similar to someone I know, so this episode really hits some notes with me.
I found it a nice cooncidence we got two STAR TREK Chief Medical Officers on the same episode.
And a touching goodbye. I lived her gift to Ed. A single man tear occured in this room.
Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:54 PM
Alara's story on her homeworld was slight, but well done, and gave a nice little jab (pun intended) at anti-vaxxers. Orville has been really good at slipping in that good old Star Trek-style messaging even if it's just in the background. And on the domestic side, Alara's father actually learned something-- Robert Picardo was great-- and hopefully her mother and sister followed suit. I especially liked how Mister Katan was able to save Mercer with the encouragement of Alara-- exactly the thing she wanted from him but never got. The home invasion by the crazy anti-vaxxer couple was nicely done, like an old movie, from the guy messing with daddy Katan over the ladle to the dead body of the groundskeeper turning up in the bushes. And it was also kind of amusing to see the battle of the Star Trek doctors.
The farewell scene in the shuttle bay was nice, especially Bortus's awkward attempt at a hug and Isaac's hesitant wave.
Alara's homeworld is surprisingly Earth-like for a planet with super-gravity. The ocean looked way too normal, it seems to me-- I think it should have been a lot flatter. And that soup must have been really hot to boil so merrily in an atmosphere so dense, where the boiling point of water is probably a few hundred degrees higher than it is here.
One little moment that jumped out at me was Gordon's behavior in the shuttle. He mentioned several times how beautiful Xelaya is, and then commented how it reminded him how he's just garbage and his family is just garbage, followed by Mercer giving him an odd look. Foreshadowing for a Gordon-specific episode?
Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:40 AM
What I particularly appreciated was Alarra's muscular and skeletal degeneration being the concern. Before we knew better Science Fiction (going all the way back to "A Princess Of Mars") posited that characters from higher gravity would retain their relative strength and abilities in lower gravity for their lifetime, and even pass it on to the kids as a birthright, but now we know that like many things, it is more a matter that the body adapts to its environment (where it can) and if the demands are not there, it becomes less capable than before. It was nice to see it so depicted on The Orville.
Likewise, it was nice that they opted for the less cliched ender of Alara choosing to depart, as opposed to staying once a solution had been devised for predicament. While I lament her departure, it made a lot of sense for the character.
Finally, I loved her parting gift to Ed Mercer.
the G-man Himself
Let me think of the right and lend my assistance to all who may need it, with no regard for anything but justice.
Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage.
Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens, and my associates in everything I say and do.
Let me do right to all, and wrong no man. -- Doc Savage
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 05:05 PM
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