If anyone else was a confused as I was, I did a little digging and it turns out that The Orville Season 2 Episode 2 has a production code of 112 which meant it was supposed to be last season's episode twelve.
This sort of explains why it has no connection whatsoever with The Orville Season 2 Episode 1. No Lt. Tyler. No Cassius. No Mercer-Grayson relationship tension.
It doesn't, however, justify a really problematic script. I mean, seriously, you could fly a spaceship through the plot holes here.
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Bortus' simulator porn addiction is the central issue and, as Dr. Finn susses out, it's actually the symptom of how Bortus is still conflicted about the sex change operation done to Topa on The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 and how he holds Klyden to blame.
It's a deep divide between them and affects every aspect of their life together so when Klyden catches Bortus in the simulator, his reaction's relatively believable.
Well, only because he'd promised not to stab him again.
Dr. Finn: Porn addiction is a disease just like any other so we need to treat his condition with compassion and understanding.
Bortus: Is there an injection I can receive to cure this disease?
Klyden: You have had enough injections.
Permalink: You have had enough injections. Added: January 04, 2019 Moclan divorce traditions aside, Klyden and Bortus have the ship's only truly stable relationship and I'm glad they don't call it quits. Although the resolution isn't by any means a happy ending for them, it's hopeful.
HOWEVER. (Begin rant.) When Isaac asks Bortus to describe sex, why would he reference a child seeking its mother's teat when Moclans don't have mothers?
Isaac: I am curious to know how [sex] feels.
Bortus: It is a call from deep within like a baby seeking its mother's teat. It feels as though nothing else in the world matters but satisfying the urge and achieving the goal my body has demanded of me. Then, as quickly as it began, it is complete, leaving a worn-out shell in its wake. And the only feeling I am left with, the only thing I know is that a death has occurred.
Isaac: I see. It is prudent that you are in therapy.
Permalink: I see. It is prudent that you are in therapy. Added: January 04, 2019 And, with regards to the porn addiction, why would he need to leave his shift early if he's going to go home late anyway? It's not like that fifteen minutes makes a difference except to put his behavior on Mercer's radar.
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Granted, this may have been him subconsciously trying to draw attention to his problem, wanting to be caught. Maybe.
And finally, in regards, to Bortus' part in this catastrophe, how could there be NO CONSEQUENCES for him infecting the ship with a..