The Orville used time travel to fix his most annoying moment

An awkward encounter between Isaac and the crew in the pilot episode of The Orville got seriously upgraded thanks to a divergent timeline.


A particular moment that seems to stick in The Orville got the perfect redo through a little manipulation of time. In Divergent Reality, an introduction to one of the show’s most notable characters has been changed to better match the tone in which the show has grown.


Created by Seth MacFarlane, The Orville is a loving tribute to all things science fiction, especially star trek franchise. The series revolves around the titular ship and its diverse crew of humans, aliens, and artificial lifeforms. In the series premiere episode “Old Wounds”, Captain Ed Mercer meets Orville’s crew for the first time and is shocked to see a member of the robotic race Kaylon become part of the team. In an awkward moment, Ed questions Isaac about the Kaylon’s notable superiority to biological lifeforms, only for the emissary to reply that he will be the crew’s”most competent officer“.

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While the interaction is a bit awkward, the moment gets a second chance to do it right in a drastically different timeline. In the related comic The Orville: Digressions by David A. Goodman and David Cabeza, fans get a deeper look at the alternate timeline set in The Orville episode “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow”. In this world, Ed and Kelly’s relationship never went beyond a first date, and as a result, the chain of events that led to Ed becoming the captain of the USS Orville never happened. Instead, control of the ship falls to Captain Griffith. In a scene very similar to The Orvilles pilot, Griffith welcomes Isaac to the crew. While Isaac still demonstrates Kaylon’s sense of superiority, this leads Griffith to compliment Bortus, saying he now has competition in the crew.

Although the interaction proceeds almost the same as in the first episode of The Orville, Griffith’s commentary improves the scene by completely removing the awkwardness. Granted, it’s a small change that adds Bortus to the moment, but it really adds something that was missing from the original scene. Coming back and reworking the scene, The Orville had the opportunity to show that after taking time, he had finally found his place.

The Orville is indeed a comedy and Isaac’s original line was intentionally played to maximize the discomfort of having such a discriminating character in a largely progressive world. Unfortunately, the moment is a bad look at Ed who apparently has nothing to say to the Orville about Isaac’s views. But the timing also came early in the series, when it was still trying to strike the right balance between drama and comedy. The Digressions taking the interaction shows that there is a way to communicate the Kaylon’s rear sights while dismissing them by lifting other crew members. This Redone Version Of The Scene May Be Contained In An Alternate Timeline, But It Really Improves The Orvilles most boring scene.

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