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When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
(10 hours 16 minutes)
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Synopsis: Personal relationships, unforseen war, and time travel. This season keeps you guessing.
Reaction: Fun. Funny. Daring. A great followup to the excellent first season.
Personal Rating: 8/10
Random Trivia For This Title:
- The Road Not Taken - Episode title is also the title of a famous poem by American poet [?] Robert Frost.
- The Road Not Taken - Rare Star Wars reference: When LaMarr knocks on the door to the resistance bunker and Yaphit answers, it's a nod to a scene from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) where R2-D2 and C-3PO knock on the door to Jabba's Palace.
- Ja'loja - This was actually the final episode of Season 1. For unknown reasons, Fox opted to hold it back, which is why Season 1 consists of only 12 episodes and this one 14.
- Ja'loja - Jason Alexander is only the latest [Star Trek] veteran to appear on Orville. In Jason Alexander's case, he made a guest appearance on [Star Trek: Voyager]. Robert Picardo, on the other hand, was a regular on Voyager, and has a guest shot on this series. Seth MacFarlane had a recurring role in [Star Trek: Enterprise] (2001). Penny Johnson was a recurring guest on [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine].
- Home - The house of Lt. Kitan's parents is the same filming location as the parental house of Johnny Rico from the movie Starship Troopers. Incidentally both sets of parents disagree with their child's choice to join the galactic fleet.
- Home - Ildis (Robert Picardo) tells Captain Mercer they've far superior doctors on the planet than on the Union ship. Likely a nod to the fact that 2 of the guest stars, (Robert Picardo and John Billingsley), both played doctors on past [Star Trek] shows, Picardo on [Star Trek: Voyager] (1995), and Billingsley, [Star Trek: Enterprise] (2001).
- Home - Alara's goodbye present to Ed is a jar of pickles, a callback to Ed's constant prompting for her to "open this jar of pickles for me" when a door (or wall) needed opening.
- Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes - Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes announced their engagement the day this episode aired.
- Home - There are actually 3 guest players from the [Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)] universe; Robert Picardo (Holographic Doctor/creator of the holgraphic doctor, Lewis Zimmerman) from [Star Trek: Voyager] (1995), John Billingsley (Doctor Phlox) from [Star Trek: Enterprise] (2001), and Molly Hagan (Eris) from [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Jem'Hadar] (1994). This does not include Penny Johnson Jerald, a regular guest on [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] (1993) as Kasidy Yates or Seth MacFarlane himself, also a guest star on [Star Trek: Enterprise] (2001) as Ensign Rivers.
- Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes - Teleya from season 1 and Lt Janel Tyler from season 2 are played by the same actress Michaela McManus. This allowed some fans to speculate about the twist prior to this episode being released.
- Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes - The plot of this episode closely resembles that of the first season of [Star Trek Discovery]. Where an enemy alien is made to resemble a human. Both here and in [Star Trek] the characters' human surname is Tyler.
- All the World Is Birthday Cake - The California State University at Northridge Campus, which served as a stand-in for Rigor 2, was also used in Star Trek (2009) and [Star Trek: Voyager: Random Thoughts (1997)].
- All the World Is Birthday Cake - The weapons the guards/soldiers carry are FN P-90s (FN stands for Fabrique Nationale and were designed and build in Belgium). Futuristic looking but they have been in production since 1991. These type of weapons were also used on the TV show Stargate SG-1 (1997).
- Identity: Part II - Isaac's commander downloads Alex Haley's true story, "Roots," into Isaac's memory to convince him humans are predisposed to enslaving each other. The commander then tells Isaac to change his name, which is the first thing slave owners did to newly arriving slaves. In Roots the main character, Kunta Kinte, is ordered to change is name to Toby.
- A Happy Refrain - Bortus growing a mustache parallels Data's beard in [Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man (1989)].
- Blood of Patriots - John Fleck is another [Star Trek] alumnus to appear on The Orville. John Fleck played recurring character Silik in [Star Trek: Enterprise].
- Blood of Patriots - The episode title refers to a paraphrased quote by [?] Thomas Jefferson which was " the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots ".
- Lasting Impressions - The song that Laura sings is "That's All I've Got to Say" from the 1982 animated movie, The Last Unicorn (1982).
- Identity: Part II - The Krill Captain is named Dalak, a possible play on the iconic [Doctor Who] villains, the Daleks. The two species are both fanatical and prejudiced against other intelligent life.
- Lasting Impressions - Tim Russ, who guest-starred as the historian (anthropologist/archeologist) Doctor Sherman, also played the Vulcan Mr. Tuvok in [Star Trek: Voyager] (1995).
- Lasting Impressions - In Gordon's first meeting with Laura, she takes a beer from the refrigerator and gives it to Gordon. The beer has no cap and is already open.
- Sanctuary - One of the Moclan Ambassadors is played by Tony Todd, who played Kurn on [Star Trek: The Next Generation] (Sins of the Father, Redemption Part 1 and Redemption Part 2) and on [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] (Sons of Mogh). Also on Deep Space Nine, he played an elderly Jake Sisko in the Season 4 episode "The Visitor."
- Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - The title comes from the opening of a monologue from William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
- Sanctuary - Ron Canada, who plays one of the Admirals, had been a guest star on Star Trek TNG, DS9, and Voyager before. Orville producer and writer Joe Menosky had been one of the head writers for Voyager, and had been on the production/writing staff of TNG.
|Ja'loja||Seth MacFarlane||Seth MacFarlane||The crew face personal challenges on their way to witness Bortus perform a Moclan ceremony on his homeworld.||7.2|
|Primal Urges||Kevin Hooks||Wellesley Wild||The crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun.||6.6|
|Home||Jon Cassar||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong ||Ed, Gordon and Alara visit Alara's home planet of Xelayah.||8.3|
|Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes||Jon Cassar||Brannon Braga|
|Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash lands on a mysterious planet; Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test.||8.4|
|All the World Is Birthday Cake||Robert Duncan McNeill||Seth MacFarlane||The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship.||7.5|
|A Happy Refrain||Seth MacFarlane||Seth MacFarlane||Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.||8.3|
|Deflectors||Seth MacFarlane||David A. Goodman||The ship's deflectors upgrade leads to conflict between the Moclan culture and the crew.||7.6|
|Identity: Part I||Jon Cassar||Brannon Braga|
|When Issac shuts down, the crew head to his home planet to fix him, and uncover a shocking secret that was better off hidden.||9.2|
|Identity: Part II||Jon Cassar||Seth MacFarlane||The Kaylons take control of the Orville with the intention of destroying all biological lifeforms.||9.2|
|Blood of Patriots||Rebecca Rodriguez||Seth MacFarlane||Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.||8.1|
|Lasting Impressions||Kelly Cronin||Seth MacFarlane||The crew opens a time capsule from 2015.||9.0|
|Sanctuary||Jonathan Frakes||Joe Menosky||Ed discovers that Moclans aboard the Orville are harboring a secret.||8.3|
|Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow||Gary S. Rake||Janet Lin||A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly's relationship.||8.4|
|The Road Not Taken||Gary S. Rake||David A. Goodman||The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision.||8.6|