We've been waiting a long time for The Orville Season 2 Episode 1 and it was definitely a satisfying return. Goofy, busy, and with a juvenile bent, but ultimately enjoyable.
I'll deal with the one major issue first: the characterization and treatment of Commander Kelly Grayson.
She's second in command of the ship, arguably a better officer than Mercer in many ways, and is making every effort to keep their working relationship WORK despite her ex-husband repeatedly declaring his love for her.
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So why does she get painted as the emotional, unreasonable one? It was totally maddening to watching Cassius (the new guy) and Ed (the ex) discussing how to "handle" her.
Here's my theory. A woman can't really love a man unless he's part-dope. Be a little stupid every day and really stupid once in a while but just don't be perfect.
Mercer Permalink: Here's my theory. A woman can't really love a man unless he's part-dope. Be a little stupid... Added: December 31, 2018 Can't imagine that she's going to be impressed that Ed gave Cassius advice on how to win her back.
Also, I can't believe she doesn't realize the Cassius didn't hit on Journey's "Open Arms" out of thin air. She's not stupid except, apparently, when she's reacting to relationship issues.
Okay, rant over. There's a lot of fun (and not offensive) stuff here too.
We'll start with dumb-funny and move up, shall we? Gordon's crush on Lt. Tyler was pretty adorbs. We learn a lot about his dating style and history. When he describes being dumped by his stalker... well, so many things made sense about that.
Moreover, Scott Grimes does awkward verbal diarrhea like a master.
I love it here. Like, I know for a lot of people, work is work. But for me, coming in here every day is like, 'That's not work.' I'm always like, 'Really? This is my job? How did I win at life?' But I did. I've won.
Malloy Permalink: I love it here. Like, I know for a lot of people, work is work. But for me, coming in here... Added: December 31, 2018 And the fact that he just chickens out and bails after LaMarr puts in all the preparation, training and costuming (SO MANY ZIPPERS) is perfectly in line with Molloy's modus operandi.
Some things haven't changed at all as seen in Alara's bad luck with dating.
She's a bit more whiny about it now though. How many times did it come up? Pretty redundant and unnecessary to have her harp on a sucky love life although I'll admit that my favorite scene is Bortus' offer to set her up in reaction to her "complaint."
Bortus: There is a young officer under my command who I have noticed also has no mate. If you wish, I will order him to mate with you.
Kitan: Wow, that is the sweet..