Review: The Orville 2.03

Episode Title: Home 
Original Airdate: January 10, 2019 (watched later via HULU)
Grade: A


Notable Guest Stars/Directors:
Robert Picardo (Ildis Kitan) – Best known as the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager, he’s also been on Stargate, my favorite TV show franchise.
John Billingsley (Cambis Borrin) – Another Star Trek alum, Billingsley played Dr. Phlox on Enterprise.  He’s also been on quite a few TV series as a one-off character.
Molly Hagen (Drenala Kitan) – She appeared recurrently as Mike’s mother on Jane The Virgin.  SHe also appeared on Star Trek DS9
Kerry O’Malley (Floratta)  – She appeared on Hart of Dixie which is one of my sister’s favorite shows.  I had to search for both her and Molly Hagen because while I recognized them from somewhere, it wasn’t till I went through IMDB that I figured out where and why.
Patrick Warburton as Lt Tharl (recurring character)
Jason Alexander (Olix) – He’s known for his role in the 90s comedy series Seinfeld
Candice King (.Solana Kitan) – known for her role on Vampire Diaries as Caroline Forbes

Notable Quotes:
Apparently none stood out to be this episode in particular (I’m writing this off of notes I took while watching, and no quotes were listed).

SPOILERS BELOW

In this episode we find that Alara’s strength is not entirely without its fallbacks.  Apparently the lower gravity of space has weakened her strength.  She finds this out while during a reoccuring match up between her and Isaac to arm wrestle to the entertainment of the crew.

I found this storyline interesting because it kind of falls into line with the discoveries made with Astronauts spending long term missions in space.  When they returned to earth the effect of the higher gravity caused various health concerns.  

Alara is forced to go home to “regain” her usual strength before it becomes impossible for her to do so.  She is wheelchair bound while there, as the gravity is already hard on her.  Thankfully this version of treatment works quickly for her (if not quickly enough in her mind) because her family ends up the victims of a house invasion when 

This episode is kind of bittersweet as it is one of the few where Alara has her own storyline separate from everyone else and its her last episode as a starring character.  However, I do appreciate that they gave her a storyline that showcases her abilities as an officer and a way of leaving the show that was not just killing her off or having her disappear without any mention.

Pros:

  • Alien Culture Explored
  • Non-Earth default
  • a character leaving the show on good terms without dying

Cons

  • Alara leaves
  • They finally get me to consider that perhaps Mercer/Kitan wouldn’t be one sided and she leaves.  

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