Ok, so after watching the first episode of The Orville, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this show. In fact, one of the things I think I said was that I wasn’t sure if the humor was for me. And after watching the second episode, “Command Performance,” I’m still not convinced the humor is for me. However, in “Command Performance” I saw things that I do see myself enjoying about The Orville.
In “Command Performance,” Alara must take over command of the Orville when Ed and Kelly get imprisoned in what amounts to a zoo of various creatures, their cage resembling their old home. There were some elements of the plot that I didn’t feel made much sense, like why the technology on the Orville couldn’t distinguish between a hologram and the real thing or why both Ed and Kelly had to leave the ship in order to deliver supplies. But ultimately, I didn’t care. I really enjoyed watching Alara’s journey over the course of the episode, from not wanting the responsibility in the first place to being unsure of what to do to finally making decisions and confidently following through. And I loved the trade she offered to Calivon human reality television in exchange for Ed and Kelly. Because really, isn’t reality television kind of a human zoo? (PS: the whole zoo thing kind of reminded me of what the Talosians were doing on Star Trek.)
And then there were the subplots:
- Bortus has to take a leave in order to sit on an egg – which hatches into a girl, something that’s supposed to be impossible for his species. I was pretty meh about this subplot, but I think we’re getting more of this in the next episode, so I guess I better get used to it.
- Ed and Kelly ponder if things could’ve gone differently for their marriage. Frankly, at this point, I agree with Ed in that they wouldn’t have worked out. Maybe they work well together running the Orville, but that doesn’t mean they’d work well as spouses. That said, I imagine there’s going to be quite a lot of “what if we were still together” stuff throughout the series. Meh. Ok.
Anyway. After “Command Performance,” I see some potential in The Orville. I’m certainly more excited to continue with The Orville now than I was after the previous episode.