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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 10:37am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm having more faith that MacFarlane is thinking long-term. Once again Topa's sex change was brought up as a very sore spot for Bortus, with the extra barb of Talia referring to Topa as his daughter. I was a bit bugged about how it wasn't referenced for the rest of Season 1, but pleased to see that it was always there, just under the surface. Looks like it's definitely going to lead to something big.

Some good moments, but not sure what I feel about the episode overall, yet. Kelly's about-face with Cascius seemed to be out of nowhere - but again I suspect that it will be revealed that there is more to it. With that and the ending, this episode was just darker than what I'm used to with the show.
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Kellyís change of heart on Cassius seemed natural to me. She had placed her career over Ed, and now she was doing the same with her new boyfriend. What I didnít get was Cassius going from the guy who was so rational that it irritated Kelly to the super-desperate guy sending giant Bruce Willis flowers to her in a bid to win her back. I get that he was probably more invested in the relationship at that point, but his behavior in the episode just seemed forced to justify Kelly dumping him.
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 11:17am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I dunno, I kind of seen it like Vinny. One second their enjoying a 1940's Earth hologram, the next second their done, over with. No compromise no sleeping on it. Almost like Kelly was waiting to drop the hammer on Cassius.
You're right about "desperate Cassius", Michael. All together looked like a quick way to drop him off the show.
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I didn't question Kelly's breakup with Cassius.  I just took it as a cue that a lot of time had passed between this episode and the last time we saw them (which seems to be the case for many of the Orville episodes...weeks or months passing between them).  That allows more than enough time for Kelly to decide the relationship wasn't what she wanted.
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Excellent episode.

The Moclans, it seems, are being cast as the Unionís version of the Arab/Muslim world. So very different culturally that we must overlook some deep divides in order to be ďalliesĒ.

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 4:12pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Huh. I hadn't considered that before, but it's all there - in addition to this episode's elaboration of why the Union even works with the Moclans to begin with - they provide technological weaponry and defense expertise. 

For which the real-world allegory for the Arab/Muslim world would be....oil.


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The Moclans, it seems, are being cast as the Unionís version of the Arab/Muslim world. So very different culturally that we must overlook some deep divides in order to be ďalliesĒ.
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And note that neither side is demonized, or shown to be superior to the other. It's more about the crew discovering the cultural differences. bit by bit, and working through them.

As with the best of STAR TREK, the "other" is not presented as villainous. Antagonistic, perhaps, but not necessarily beyond communication or compromise.
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