Sci Fi Watcher 248: The Orville S02E05: All the World is Birthday Cake

It’s time to blow out the candles and make a wish as the guys look at the latest adventure of The Orville “All the World is Birthday Cake”.  The crew get their opportunity for first contact, but nothing goes as smooth as anyone would like.  The duo discuss this adventure and Corey is excited about the cameo in the story.

The Orville: All the World is Birthday Cake

Season: 2
Episode: 5
Overall Episode: 17

Air Date: January 24, 2019
Cast: Seth MacFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer; Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson; Penny Johnson Jerald as Doctor Claire Finn; Scott Grimes as Lieutenant Gordon Malloy; Peter Macon as Lieutenant Commander Bortus; J. Lee as Lieutenant Commander John LaMarr; Jessica Szohr as Talla Keylai; Mark Jackson as Isaac.
Writer: Seth MacFarlane
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Synopsis: The Orville detects a signal from Regor 2, a planet searching for other intelligent life in the universe. The Orville initiates First Contact. The Regorians welcome Ed, Kelly, Claire, Bortus, and new Xeleyan security chief Talla Keyali. When Kelly mentions her and Bortus’s upcoming birthdays, the Regorian First Prefect denounces them as “Giliacs,” irredeemably prone to violence. Kelly and Bortus are sent to an internment camp, the others ordered to leave the planet. Claire deduces that Regorian culture is based around astrology; Giliac is an astrological sign. Kelly, Bortus, and other Giliac prisoners are treated like criminals, regardless of individual merit, and while in the camp Kelly helps a Regorian give birth. Admiral Perry bars Ed from forcibly extracting his crewmembers, and Ed’s diplomacy attempts fail. After a month, Perry orders Ed to depart orbit, though official diplomatic efforts will continue. Talla correctly hypothesizes the origin of the Giliac stigma: a star in the Giliac constellation collapsed into a black hole millennia earlier and the star’s disappearance was interpreted as a bad omen. John devises a space reflector to appear as the star when viewed from the planet’s surface. The star’s apparent reappearance narrowly saves Kelly and Bortus from execution following an attempted prison break; the Regorians decide that Giliacs are no longer inherently dangerous. At Kelly’s and Bortus’s belated birthday party, Ed thanks Talla for her contribution and welcomes her service.

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