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Hardy
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 6:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

Science fiction by it's definition requires the viewer to suspend their belief. Many actions of powerful beings, futuristic science, or unusual phenomenon conflict with Einstein's theory. Good writing ADDRESS those issues. The closer an object approach a black hole, the greater the speed and power (energy) they would need to escape that massive or near infinite gravity from its collapsed object.

As the embattled crew was finding the perfect "viewing" parking spot, my offense of physics logic was there wasn't an attempt of a MacGuffin. An event horizon of a black hole is the most awe inspiring spacetime effect in our galaxy. I was hoping for a sentence of dialogue to address any physics (for those interested in that "science thingy"). Also, to expect the C̶y̶l̶o̶n̶s̶ Kaylons would have human emotions like experiencing the trepidation of pursuit, boredom, or assuming their deaths was darn lucky for the "broken mirror" crew.

To clarify a person's previous comment, because mass causes gravity, and gravity causes orbits, the spiral galactic orbital paths of all objects in the galaxy are in orbit around the center of the TOTAL MASS OF THE GALAXY, and not the mass of the black hole that happens to be at the center. If "The Q" were to remove the black holes, (with exception of nearby celestial objects now having an adjusted gravitational effect), the gravitational pull of the spiral galaxy wouldn't change.

My previous review of 3.5 was based on storyline, entertainment, design sets, direction, and the outstanding VFX effects. The Orville has potential.
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Hardy
Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 7:28am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

At at age 8, my brokenhearted parents let me argue for 38 minutes the plotholes of their favorite annual movie "It's A Wonderful Life." There is a certain hubris in thinking if Kelly wasn't alive or said "no" to a second date, Earth (and the universe) would be under complete control from a Kaylon biological cleansing. And Isaac is beloved by more people on the Orville than the Finn family. That being said, from the opening scene on Sarin IV to a smiling Kelly at the end, this episode was a joy to watch. The fantastic VFX of the ice caverns, the asteroid field, the shuttlecraft Pacific Ocean decent, and the Orville 7 mile underwater liftoff (and its later destruction) was breathtaking. I liked this "broken mirror" universe, and was thinking how I wanted a ST:DS9 type war episode arc. The plight of this crew also revealed an easy chemistry and camaraderie that working on the sterile and spacious Orville sometimes don't allow. Having John LaMarr as the conduit and science expert for their "war road trip, scavenger hunt" was smart. Yaphit's homage to SW:ROTJ was entertaining. The beautiful and loyal Alara Kitan who later die in glorious battle was a nice surprise. Underutilized characters who boldly step up in a crisis can expand The Orville universe. Sci-fi nitpicks are often annoying, and this episode had several. But to believe a space craft can enter an event horizon of a black hole, remain intact throughout, and "see" any escaped light was a major offense to my junior high physics. Was there unnecessary musical distraction in places that required a softer score or silence? What made this episode good was that it relies on winning the battle in a lost Kaylon war by obtaining beta-secretase protein AND locating the Orville in order to reset time. This is 48 minutes of wonderful storytelling with awesome visual effects. The Orville (with their multiple sets and VFX imagery) decided to hold back nothing in their Endgame finale. I can only hope they are rewarded before their time runs out. 3.5/4.
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Hardy
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 8:18am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

The Orville can be frustrating when there are better stories to provide its loyal fans than this penultimate episode. Unlike the exceptional ST:TNG "Second Chances", this idea of "past Kelly" and Ed pursuing a relationship from their seven year time differential (or alternate) perspective isn't well written or compelling. There was ...wait for it..."Family Guy" club humor meant to infer the age incompatibility of their new relationship juxaposed with *insert anybody* exaggerated enjoyment. Our life is the direct result of choices from ourselves and others, and like ST:TNG "Tapestry", it also involves timing and luck. Obtaining our materialistic goals (as "past Kelly" wants), don't guarantee future happiness. Despite Adrianne Palicki's good nuanced acting perfomance, I couldn't stop thinking why should I care about this "will they or won't" cliché trope, when The Orville refuse to delve into their minor ship characters? Perhaps the boldly entertaining ST: TNG "Parallels" will inspire a time paradox finale from "past Kelly" denying Ed a second date that will PERMANENTLY affect The Orville. Kelly said with certainty, "I know how this turns out". In my opinion, fan fiction scripts like "Tomorrow..." can only end in cancellation of a series never reaching its full potential. 2/4
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Hardy
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 1:29am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

This episode was long overdue. In Moclan society that practice genocide on females via gender surgery, a clandestine, resistance clan would be logical. When Frakes directed the similar peripheral plot Insurrection 20 years ago, he made that film a comedy. It didn't have these enormous, serious stakes presented to the Union. Are we defined by our values, or do we compromise them to suit our interests? And like Rush's "Free Will", the Union choosing not to decide is still making a choice for THEIR society. What makes this episode great is the Union and Moclans NEED this bandaid solution knowing this "Islands in the Stream" alliance is destined to fail. This episode is simply the best of Orville. "Two Takes" Frakes' pacing, CGI battle scenes, and expert direction of his All-Star cast had me stunned. My only nitpick is not knowing which Moclan society will first decide to break their non-aggression pact. 4/4.
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