Episode Title: Lasting Impressions Original Airdate: March 21 2009/Watched June 17 2009 Grade: A Notable Guest Stars/Directors:
Tim Russ (Dr. Sherman ) Mr. Russ is probably best known for being Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager and I was happy to see him on Orville.
Leighton Meester (Laura Huggins) – Ms. Meester is best known as Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, which I’ve recently watched. She has a wonderful voice which I wish Gossip GIrl had utilized more. Orville doesn’t make that mistake and she gets to sing twice on the show. This also reunites her with Jessica Szohr (Talla ) who played Vanessa on Gossip Girl.
Look at this. She’s clearly asking her friend where to find the nearest repair service for her device. But instead of writing “wireless telecommunications facility”, she just wrote “WTF”. Now, we can decode things like this by applying historical context.
People have been living and dying for as long as humans have existed. Most are forgotten. But not this one. She reached across four centuries and got a guy to fall in love. We should all be so rare.
Episode Title: THe Blood of Patriots (2×10) Original Airdate: March 7, 2019 (watched later via HULU) Grade: B
Notable Guest Stars/Directors:
Ted Danson (Admiral Perry) – Danson returns as Admiral Perry, this time assigning the crew to the peace talks. I always love the Admirals on this show because they are always exciting cameos.
Mackenzie Astin (Orrin) – I spent the whole time feeling he was familar in some way and it turns out there is a reason. He’s the younger brother of Lord of The Rings Actor Sean Astin (and the son of actors Patty Duke and John Astin). He has also guest starred on quite a few procedurals so if you find him familar its probably because you have seen him before.
John Fleck (Ambassador K.T.Z.) – I know him best as Silik from Star Trek: Enterprise. He has a diverse filmography, including True Blood, so he is probably familar from other places as well. I think he uses a different tone, because it wasn’t till I was rewatching some clips that I recognized his voice, which if you have ever seen him is pretty recognizable.
Capt. Ed Mercer: I hope that this marks the beginning of a new era of nonviolence between our two peoples.
Ambassador K.T.Z.: We will see. A peace is only as strong as those who uphold it.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: And, of course, trust is earned.
Kevin Daniels (Locar) – While I don’t recognize him from anything, he is known for his role on Modern Family. He does a good job here. Bruce Willis (The Plant) – Bruce Willis is pretty well known, so I don’t think I need to reference what he is been in.
Lt. Talla Keyali: Locar didn’t hurt you. He didn’t hurt anyone. All he wanted was love. And yet because of you… his life is over. Except for no reason other than your own prejudice. So as far as I am concerned, you can go straight to Hell.
Episode Title: A Happy Refrain Original Airdate: January 31, 2019 (watched Later via Hulu) Grade: B- Notable Guest Stars/Directors:
Actually, this episode is remarkably stuck with its main characters and reoccuring ones. I suppose, after looking at the Trivia section on IMDB a special mention should be made for Mark Graham who is the music director for the show and has a brief acting credit as the conductor at the symphony.
Lt. Gordon Malloy: We are, without a doubt, the weirdest ship in the fleet.
Episode Title: All The World is Birthday Cake (2.05) Original Airdate: January 24, 2019 (watched later via Hulu) Grade: B Notable Guest Stars/Directors:
Robert Duncan McNeill (Director)– Star Trek Alum. He’s been a director for years on many good programs, but on screen you may remember him as Tom Paris, the navigator/pilot of Voyager. He always seems to do a good job, on screen and as a director. Ted Danson (Admiral Perry) – This show loves to have random well-known actors show up as Admirals. Ted Danson is known for a lot of things. Most recently perhaps CSI, but also Becker, and the film Three Man and a Baby. Jennifer Landon (Ukania) – I know her best from As the World Turns as Gwen Munson , but she is also known for roles on House and various other television shows. She also happens to be the daughter of Michael Landon, so acting runs in the family. John Rubinstein (Prefect) – He’s appeared as minor characters on various television shows I watch, but I know him probably best from Star Trek: Enterprise where he played Minister Kuvak. He also played on House and Becker so he probably worked with several of the other notable co-stars in this episode. Nico Nicotera (Rokal) – I didn’t recognize him, but apparently he played a recurring character on Sons of Anarchy (one of my sister’s favorite shows). Jessica Szohr (Lt. Talla Kaylai) – She’s a new main character for the series, coming in as Alara’s replacement. She’s also known for her role as Vanessa Abrams on Gossip Girl. I enjoy her work so far.
Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: It is much easier with an egg.
Capt. Ed Mercer: You had big shoes to fill, and I’m not kiddin’. And as far as I’m concerned, you filled them and then some. So, from here on out, you’re officially allowed to punch me.
Yul Brynner (King of Siam) – okay, so its not really him so much as its a clip from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, but I love that movie so I’m going to point out that Yul Brynner is here. Patrick Warburton (Lt. Tharl ) – recurring character. I’m not entirely sure, but I think this might be Tharl’s last episode for awhile. Michaela McManus (Lt. Janel Tyler) – According to IMDB she’s known for being in Aquarius, but I know her from One Tree Hill as Lindsey Strauss, Lucas’ fiance in season 4. She’s also been on the Orville before – both in the season opener for this season and a episode in season one. Chris Johnson (Cassius) – recurring character.
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).
Episode Title: Primal Urges (2×02) Original Airdate: January 3 (watched via Hulu at a later date) Grade: B-
Notable Guest Stars/Directors: Kelly Hu (Admiral Osawa) – I recognized her as China White, a recurring villain on CW’s Arrow Gavin Lee (Henry Park) – He is a recurring character that for some reason I thought was dead.
Notable Quotes: “You have had enough injections” – Klyden “I see. It is pertinent that you are in therapy.” – Issac