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John Witte
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 8:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part I

I liked the episode a lot and I thought it is one of the best episodes of the series. I didn't think about the Cylons from BSG, but it definitely had a Borg/BOBW vibe from TNG. I will say this for McFarlane. He definitely is going big with these episodes. I also like how he faked everybody out a bit by everyone assuming that the Moclans would be the troublesome species for the union and instead it's the Kaylon.

I did have a couple of issues with this two part episode. The first revolves around its timing. Given the stakes in the episode, it almost feels like these two episodes would have been a better season ender rather than sticking it in the middle of the season. I sort of feel like a big Reset button is going to be pressed in the 2nd part.
Also, this episode is two episodes after "A Happy Refrain" where the Finn/Isaac relationship was established and now it appears that this relationship has been reset rather abruptly. Delaying this episode to later in the season would have given their relationship a little more significance so the feelings expressed by Claire would have felt more real to me. For now, it almost feels that AHR was pointless considering how quickly things have changed with their relationship.

Which is to say nothing about the relationship with the Kaylon and the Union after their hostile takeover of the Orville and their plans to eradicate all of humanity on Earth. It sure seems like that no matter what happens, Isaac's relationship with everyone is going to be irrevocably changed. That would have also been another benefit of this two parter being the season finale: it would have created a greater sense of mystery with Isaac's fate with the Orville. As it stands now, we figure that SOMETHING will be worked out to resolve this.
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John Witte
Fri, Nov 24, 2017, 2:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

I felt that this episode was a rather middling affair. When I saw Robert Picardo as her dad I immediately thought that the show was going to turn into a character arc where she goes back home and learns alot about herself. Instead, it turned into a holographic haunted house where she is trying to overcome her demons. It was such a waste to get Picardo and only use him for one scene.

To me, it felt like a rehash of other creepy Star Trek shows. I suppose that it makes a certain amount of sense because Brannon Braga directed it. I agree with some posts that the end made me think of Ripley in Aliens. But that pretty much drives my central point. There's nothing really new here.

2 stars out of 4.
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