Sci Fi Watcher 301: The Orville: The Road Not Taken

Timelines are changed as the guys sit down to look at The Orville season finale.  Bryan and Corey chat about “The Road Not Taken” and the version of reality the show has taken and what they want from a season three.

The Orville: The Road Not Taken

Season: 2
Episode: 14
Overall Episode: 26

Air Date: April 25, 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: David A. Goodman
Director: Gary Rake
Synopsis: Nearly a year after the original timeline was altered, the Kaylon have conquered half the known galaxy. Ed and Gordon now survive by scavenging supplies. After barely escaping the Kaylon, their ship is captured by Kelly, who has reunited the Orville officers, minus Bortus, from her original timeline. Kelly explains that, because she and Ed never married, neither of them served aboard the Orville, and Claire did not join the crew in order to aid him. Never having met Claire and her sons, Isaac did not defect to the Union, resulting in the Kaylon devastating Earth. Kelly intends to correct the memory wipe, which requires Isaac’s time-travel research from the Orville and a synthesized protein for the medical procedure. The crew obtains the protein from a resistance cell led by Alara Kitan, and salvages the Orville from the bottom of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Bortus is found aboard, having survived on minimal life support after safely evacuating the crew. After the Orville returns to space, John uses a captured Kaylon body to remotely access Isaac’s memory banks, but the process exposes the ship’s location. With the Kaylon closing in, Jon overloads the ship’s systems to send Claire into the past. The Orville is destroyed, but Claire successfully goes back in time and erases Kelly’s memories; Claire disappears, and Kelly agrees to a second date with Ed.

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