There are a lot of narrative styles woven throughout The Orville Season 2 Episode 3. Disguised as a bit of a mystery-turned-hostage-situation, it's also a family reconciliation story and a farewell episode.
After the lackluster outing of The Orville Season 2 Episode 2, this was a huge relief and, more than a return to form, this may have been the best bit of writing the series has offered to date.
Solana: I have a theory. I think the soldiers and the intellectuals all secretly want what the other has. The muscle wants the brains and the brains wish they had what it takes to clobber the barroom drunk who gets out of line.
Alara: Why can't a person have both?
Permalink: Why can't a person have both? Added: January 11, 2019 Alara Kitan has been a core crew member since the series premiered. Young, deceptively dainty-looking, Lt. Kitan has, by turns, been the uncertain ingenue and the heroic muscle.
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The running joke last season was Mercer sending her in to perform feats of strength, referring to them as "opening this jar of pickles" and relying on her consistently and without question to perform the duties of Security Chief.
His confidence in her abilities is a large part of why her clear affection for the captain has been so believable on a show where the relationships are contrived at best and mostly just awkward.
We met Alara's parents (played Star Trek alumni Molly Hagen and Robert Picardo) over the video communicator on The Orville Season 1 Episode 10 and their disapproval of her career choice was apparent then.
Here, we discover that it wasn't just her career they disapproved of. Her relationship with her parents is powerfully dysfunctional while she and her sister share an uncomfortable sort of affection.
I guess a lot of us look at people like you and we think that we're better, more evolved. But, you know I'm proud of you, sis.
Solana Permalink: I guess a lot of us look at people like you and we think that we're better, more evolved.... Added: January 11, 2019 Her parents' unsupportive, patronizing role in her life is a major reason she pushes herself as much as she does. A fact Mercer verbalizes after meeting them (just before expressing the desire to punch Ildis in the nose).
However, at the core of it all, she WANTS to love her family. It's just that she's spent twenty years feeling like an outsider and really can't see a way in.
As settings go, Xelayah is indisputably beautiful (and deadly to humans as demonstrated first by the can-flattening experiment).
Malloy plays chauffeur a lot here, shuttling Mercer and Alara back and forth (and back again), and his most memorable line is in extolling the blissful glory of the planet and how it makes him hate himself and everything he comes from.
Y'know it's places like this..