The Orville (2017– )
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Mad Idolatry 

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The crew crash land on a planet from another universe; Ed and Kelly consider getting back together.


Brannon Braga


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Kelly Hu ... Admiral Ozawa
Lenny von Dohlen ... Valondis
Nick Toren ... Man in Red Robe
Erica Tazel ... Baleth
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez ... Fadolin
Jasper McPherson ... Little Girl


Ed and Kelly seriously reconsider getting back together. However, while Kelley is on a mission with Isaac and Gordon to investigate the origins of an uncharted star, they suddenly crash-land on a planet from another universe. Kelly then makes a decision with unforeseen long-term consequences for the planet, putting Ed in a difficult position. Written by Fox

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Release Date:

7 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode was heavily influenced by Star Trek: Voyager Season 6 episode 12 "Blink of an eye". Where captain Janeway and Company are caught in a very similar situation. See more »


The 14th-century-period peasant's cottage has bright steel door hinges. See more »


Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: [after Ed speaks to Admiral Ozawa] Why didn't you tell her?
Capt. Ed Mercer: You helped out a kid, that's all. And cultural contamination of a society that undeveloped is a serious charge. I just don't want to have to come visit you in prison.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: Really? You wouldn't want to visit a women's prison?
Capt. Ed Mercer: You're right. I'll call her back.
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Crazy Credits

After having been credited as Lt. John LaMarr up to this point in the season, J. Lee is credited as Lt. Cmdr., reflecting his promotion from the previous episode. See more »

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Faith in Reason..
10 August 2018 | by TyndareonSee all my reviews

Orville is a mostly OK series, neither bad nor good, some laughs, some awkward bad jokes, some smart twists, some embarrassing. But in this episode it proves what most people already understand, that it is NOT science fiction. Reason and science is NOT something you have faith in, it's NOT magic! To advance science you must precisely be IRREVERENT towards science, you must challenge what you inherit.

On the other hand religion is not magic either. To think that a religion is simply the result of a "miraculous" phenomenon - rather than the artistic representation of a system of knowledge - betrays a naive and frankly, culturally illiterate individual.

I don't care for the juxtaposition of "barbarian Westerner" to "wise Arab/sub-Saharan African" either. That's actually a war on historical and scientific truth. I thought FOX was not on the side of the lunatics..

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