Man, that was so strange opening. A party night and the crew is dressed in the civilian clothes. In the navy duty this wouldn't happen, because you only have one type of clothing to wear in the duty ship. Yet, the Orville crew are wearing them as if it's completely normal activity.
What is the point when you'll have to get into the uniform afterwards?
I liked that the story moved fairly quickly to giving hints on the main event, by Gordon explaining a mobile phone and the activity of taking selfies to the party people. Especially as the Orville is playing with the time-travel. The admiralty explained the activity it as 'weaponizing time travel,' and that the Union was threatened if Kaylon would get their fingers on the TT device.
But the interesting aspect as that the Orville got a fleet of other Union ships, on their way to the space-station and then a Kaylon fleet dropped in as if they'd anticipated the event. So who had talked about the trip? Do we get to know?
Thing is that I didn't feel threatened by the activity as there are other episodes coming and therefore, nothing really bad can't happen to our starship.
They showed the fighter in the pilot episode, and yet, not a single episode has used it. The fleet didn't launch their fighters, but tried to run from the Kaylon ships, instead of properly fighting back. At above shot, the second vessel could have pounded the interceptor, but nothing happened.
In a way, the Union fleet doesn't take their duty seriously, even though they are in a conflict with the Kaylon. They don't develop vessels that can match up and clash with Kaylon. Instead, it's mostly pacifistic dream and therefore, the fleet admiral orders them to retreat into a nebula.
But the Orville didn't made as it got caught into the tractor beam and Gordon offered to destroy the Aranov Device. What could go wrong? What happened to the engineering people?
As the Orville crew overloaded their core, to cause an EMP, Gordon got blasted with the energy wave and sent to past. Nothing happened to the TT device. And nobody could locate the flight engineer. Not before he sent a message from 2016.
I liked the temporal jump. It was weird, positively influenced by sixties, and because they'd not nailed down the procedure, they missed the date and ended in year 2025. The bigger problem was with Isaac being the only option to find the lost flight engineer. Thankfully, a bit of clever holo-engineering later, Isaac was able to camouflage his appearance to match our time.
It was not a big stretch to find Gordon flying a private plane. And not even a bigger surprise that Gordon had made a home in this turbulent time, which described as watching a little brother getting big. Or him having made a family. After all, 10 years is a long time to wait.
It surprised me that Kelly and the Captain accused Gordon for messing up with things, by doing what he was supposed to do by blending into the population and not becoming some weird hermit ... or got himself killed. He did his duty, while Kelly and the Captain didn't even know about Boston Sox's. Does that mean that there's no baseball in the future?
His wife accepted the spaceman with warts and faults. It's just Gordon never thought that he could take his family with him and therefore, fix any c*ckups that he'd made by pairing with his wife. What I don't get is why the Captain was saying no for his family to come?
Does he not get the temporal mechanics? Did he skip that class?
The interesting twist in the play was making another jump in the past, and getting Gordon at the right time, before he was able to meet the love of his life.
The saddest part was that they made the jump back to the future, and Gordon didn't hate that the crew made him to abandon his family.
Isaac and Ensign Kelly in a biker bar, looking for transport.
Oh man, that whole scene made giggle. I get why Kelly was doing it, but at the same time, to my eyes they were also bending the temporal protocol. At least the robot won the arm wrestling contest and the pair got themselves a pair of choppers. Pure americana.
I liked that their next port of call was an suburban house, and mainly its basement to get access to the dysonium, but also to mend their relationship. Not that it can ever be completely healed, because the girl is never going to forgive Isaac for killing her girlfriend.
Felt like a filler episode. A good filler.