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Sunday's "The Orville" episode "Ja'loja" was always going to be a tough act to follow. And, sadly, Thursday's episode, "Primal Urges," wasn't quite as well put together, and it fell just short of the opener's standard — not by much, but short nonetheless.
January - NASA - Apollo - Moon - Mission
On January 4, 1970, NASA cancelled the Apollo 20 moon mission. This came just six months after Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to ever set foot on the moon. Instead of launching another crew of astronauts to the moon, NASA decided to use the Saturn V rocket that was built for Apollo 20 to launch the Skylab space station instead. Budget cuts along with the nearly fatal disaster that happened with Apollo 13 led NASA to eventually cut two more Apollo missions. Canceling these missions also freed up resources for the space shuttle program.
The Orville orbits an expanding red supergiant star in an episode with some stunning visual effects.
Urges - USS - Orville - Orbit - Star
"Primal Urges" finds the USS Orville in orbit around an expanding red supergiant star that's devouring the last remaining planet in its solar system. While the bridge crew looks on, fascinated by this stunning stellar phenomenon, Lt. Cmdr. Bortus (Peter Macon) asks to leave the bridge early, before his shift ends, as he's not feeling well. It's the third time this week he's done that, according to Capt. Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane).
As Bortus walks through the corridors of the USS Orville, Klyden (Chad L. Coleman) uses his communicator to call the lieutenant commander. Bortus lies to Klyden just as he'd lied to the captain moments ago, telling his mate that he has to work late. Something is clearly going on.
Simulation - Suite - Door - Program - Bortus
He surreptitiously enters the simulation suite, locks the door and loads the program "Bortus 486." A campfire appears in...
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