TV Review: The Orville 2×08

Episode Title: Identity Part 1 (2 part arc)
Original Airdate: February 21, 2019 (watched later via Hulu)
Grade:B

Notable Guest Stars/Directors:

Victor Garber (returning as Admiral Halsey)

Notable Quotes:

Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: I can’t believe they knew about Mr. Potato Head.

Capt. Ed Mercer: Yeah, we are going to get fired.

SPOILERS BELOW

So Orville definately is has an element of Homage to Star Trek.  It’s easy to compare Issac to Data because of that.  But in many ways Data and Issac are completely different.  Data and Issac both have a curiosity about humanity/non-android life, but Data always has a desire to emulate while Issac just seems them as a science experiment. This episode showcases that very well.  The relationship between Issac and Claire always made me vaguely uncomfortable due to the unequal expressions of emotion.  Also the idea of having to change some large element of yourself to stay in a relationship with someone.

The episode begins with Issac and Claire telling the boys they are dating and Issac basically having what looks like the electronic version of a stroke.  So in hopes of helping Issac, the crew sets out to go to Kaylon, Isaac’s home planet, to seek help.  They are told that Issac has completed his mission and therefore is no longer to be a member of their crew.  

The crew of course, does not want Issac to go.  They also are trying convince the Kaylons to join the Union.   Another difference between Issac and Data is that Data is a prototype while Issac is from a planet of Androids.  Who apparently have overthrown their human creators and burried their corpses where Ty can find them.

Poor kid is probably traumatised by finding that mass grave.

Pros:

  • I always like the average life moments like Issac playing a game with Claire’s sons.
  • Scott Grimes gets to sing. 
  • Humanity called on its crap
  • Ty is adorable, and I just want to hug him.
  • -Multiple references to pop culture and history.

Cons:

  • – John is being a little insensitive to Claire about Issac.  
  • – Issac, through no fault of his own, is a jerk in this episode.
  • -eyeshocket guns are creepy

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