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John Jay Witte
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 6:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

After last week's episode, I found myself really enjoying this episode. Sure it had the patented "Person is placed in charge and has to earn the trust of his teammates" story, but I felt like the execution was well handled. Even though it came out of left field, it felt surprisingly organic to the show.

I also liked the subplot involving Ed finding out about Kelly's efforts to get him the command of the Orville. Once again, I enjoyed how the episode built off the history of the show over the past few episodes and also built on the history of Ed and Kelly's past relationship.

And even still, I liked the who two dimensional universe plot too. Sure, it has been done before in all iterations of Star Trek, but it also felt surprisingly fresh and different. I know that the show is stretching the plausibility of the ship being functional in any way after passing through 2 dimensional space, but I'm willing to roll with it.

Lastly, and this is the weirdest part of all, I thought the crude humor worked for me throughout the episode. After watching all of the episodes, it seems like sometimes the show either is too crude or barely crude at all. I know that the show has struggled to find the right balance. The show has billed itself as an irreverent take on Star Trek, so it needs to be irreverent.

I know you could argue that Majority Rule and About a Girl are better, but I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that this one is my favorite, because it features a more straight ahead story and doesn't rest on any serious themes to help carry it through. It's really a shame the season is almost over because I think they're starting to figure things out.

3.5 stars out of 4 for me.
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