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Meyer
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 8:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

This was exactly the kind of episode I was hoping for. This episode shares a lot of similarities with Fairhaven, and some with Booby Trap / Galaxy's Child. Similar to Fairhaven it centers on modification of a simulated love interest to suit your whims, and similar to the other episode, and similar to the Galaxy's Child it involves facing the realities of a person you've idealized.

When the episode started, I was worried we were in for a bunch of pop-culture referential humor, and almost none of the humor was based on that.

The B-plot was hilarious, and was smart to make it a whole addiction / recovery arc, with different jokes tied into each phase (ie, jokes about inappropriate smoking at first, then hiding cigarettes, then relationship conflict, etc).

The A-plot was very well-suited to the tone of the Orville. It was very light in tone, with some humor from Gordon being a fish-out-of-water in 2015, and clearly demonstrating that Gordon has a support network on the ship that'll be with him whatever happens - we're at no point worried that he'll lose his job, even when he's late to work, like we generally are in Barclay stories. Instead, the weight of the story comes from Gordon being forced by Laura's character, not any outside factors like his job or friends, to really confront his reality. He edits the simulation and quickly, viscerally, feels that it's wrong - and we feel it because we, like Gordon, have also watched her sing, and we know how Gordon felt about it. Finally, the ending scene was also well-done. The duet was predictable of course, but worked well. And the final callback to the time capsule (which I had assumed the simulation was set immediately after, rather than a week before) made for a nice bookend.

I really hope The Orville continues to deliver episodes like this. I liked the previous episode too, but I think it was better done in DS9. This is the type of story that Orville can actually tell better than Trek using humor and a different tone. I really want The Orville to carve out its own niche and start telling unique stories that couldn't be better told in the Trek universe, as shows like Futurama and Rick and Morty have found their own ways to do.
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Louis M Brantmeyer
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

*The episode, not the killing
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Louis M Brantmeyer
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 10:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

Man, Picard kills a LOT of people in this episode! I really enjoyed it however.
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