Totally. Called. It.
It was gratifying -- if a little surprising -- that The Orville Season 2 Episode 4 paid off the bet I made on the introduction of Lt. Tyler on The Orville Season 2 Episode 1.
Surprising only because I kind of expected them to draw it out a little longer with a bigger reveal.
There's a lot of shading in the writing here which seems more thoughtful and complex than the first big encounter with the Krill on The Orville Season 1 Episode 6.
This is probably because Mercer is the mark this time and the charade was carried out aboard the Orville.
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First, there's the title of the episode "Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes" which is a reference to a line from a song in the musical The King and I which Mercer and Tyler/Teleya watch on their date wherein civility is arguably brought to the Kingdom of Siam by a British teacher.
When Mercer first met Teleya, she was a teacher aboard a Krill ship. Their encounter turns her into a fanatical soldier for the Krill militia. Perhaps there is something about her beginnings as a teacher which indicates an ability to compromise and return to civility?
The King of Siam bringing in a British governess and transforming his court to something Western European nations might respect is similar to how Mercer describes the Krill's discovery of other species in the galaxy.
And although I know small "k" krill are actually crustaceans, the big "k" Krill, at this point in time, would very much like to wipe out humanity on Earth, leaving it for them to add to their territory and possibly occupying it like so many "fishes" as in the song.
You lead a godless existence. You have no soul. You reject the guiding hand of Avis. And without belief, there can be no moral code.
Teleya Permalink: You lead a godless existence. You have no soul. You reject the guiding hand of Avis. And... Added: January 18, 2019 The metaphor is strong with this one. There's the literal climb for "higher ground" but the figurative one is far more difficult as Teleya, understandably, cannot get past the baggage she carries from her first meeting with Mercer and Mercer is still reeling from the Tyler-is-Teleya reveal.
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Finally, there's the Shawkta (I'm naming them phonetically since I can't seem to track down any authority on an official correct spelling) and Teleya's description of them: "They are savage and do not retreat. And they never leave survivors."
It doesn't appear that Krill have a natural sense of irony.
Of course, this is echoed in Bortus' reaction to Malloy's decision to try for command. As third in command, you'd think he'd have some sympathy for someone enthusiastic about climbing the same l..