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Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Orville 3.3: What Do Bill Barr and Ed Mercer Have In Common?

Ok, here's a question: What do former US Atty General Bill Barr and Captain Ed Mercer of The Orville have in common?

Answer: They both said "bullshit" on television in the past week.

Good thing, then, for at least that reason, that The Orville moved from Fox to Hulu.

[Spoilers ahead ... ]

As for the story in 3.3, it was a little bit of a hodge podge. Mercer and some of his team land on a planet that has no life signs, only to find an American high school in a clearing with a literally monstrous bully.  And it gets worse from there, as our heroes find themselves on a plane without a pilot, and in all kinds of situations where they apparently get really hurt, and their lives are in danger.

They begin to get clues, though, that they're not really there in those dangerous situations, and of course it turns out that they're experiencing a series of illusions.  The reason provides the first really interesting element in this story: an alien species has immortality, and they want to feel what it's like when you're about to die.

Mercer, for my money, has the best take on this.  To the obvious lesson that immortality has its drawbacks, Mercer says that he would still indeed like to live forever.  Why?  Because he wants to see what will happen.

Works for me.  See you back here next week with my review of the next episode.

See also The Orville 3.1: Life and Death ... 3.2: "Come and Get Me ..."

And see also The Orville 2.1: Relief and Romance ... The Orville 2.2: Porn Addiction and Planetary Disintegration ... The Orville 2.3: Alara ... The Orville 2.4: Billy Joel ... The Orville 2.5: Escape at Regor 2 ... The Orville 2.6: "Singin' in the Rain" ... The Orville 2.7: Love and Death ...  The Orville 2.8: Recalling Čapek, Part 1  ... The Orville 2.9: Recalling Čapek, Part 2 ... The Orville: 2.10: Exploding Blood ... The Orville 2.11: Time Capsule, Space Station, and Harmony ... The Orville 2.12: Hello Dolly! ... The Orville 2.13: Time Travel! ... The Orville Season 2 Finale: Alternate History!

And see also The Orville 1.1-1.5: Star Trek's Back ... The Orville 1.6-9: Masterful ... The Orville 1.10: Bring in the Clowns ... The Orville 1.11: Eating Yaphit ... The Orville 1.12: Faith in Reason and the Prime Directive

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