Season 3 of The Orville: New Horizons is coming to an end with a slew of rain

Season 3 of The Orville: New Horizons is coming to an end with a slew of rain ...

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The Orville: New Horizons Season 3 Episode 4

These tiny vignettes of fiction, like The Outer Limits, the legendary The Twilight Zone, or recent forays into the genre like Black Mirror, are packed with political subtext and important morals. This week Gently Falling Rain, much like the season 3 premiere of The Orville: New Horizons, might be subtextual to textual, but can definitely be considered one of the biggest episodes of the series in terms of scope, effect, and timeliness.

The director of Gently Falling Rain, Jon Cassar, has chosen to wreaking havoc on the background of the Krill home world in a very dark and completely silent manner. Teleya (Michaela McManus), a long-time fan of Captain Mercer, believes Koran, the current Krill Supreme Chancellor, is a false prophet. She is vehemently opposed to a treaty, with the Planetary Union spouting Krill''

The political message of Gently Falling Rain is evident from the first few minutes of the episode. Writers Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis form quite obvious parallels to the recent surge of populist movements, as well as militaristic coups, using fear to tap into the ignorance of the voting public, and the use of misinformation against a political opponent. Throughout the episode, Teleyas is a vicious process that includes radical radicalization.

The key issue arises when Koran fails to win the election, something he thought was a sure thing, far beyond the possibility of a recent American presidential election. Even worse, the results of the Krill election have far reaching implications in the Orville-universe. If Teleya wins, it isnt simply bad news for the Krill, but without our hero Supreme ally in a position of power, the treaty between the Union and the Krill is as good as dead. This proposal has been a

The purpose behind this episode is certainly admirable. It''s possible to learn the lesson from recent elections around the world, and the danger of losing democratic institutions that many sovereign nations have manifested. Yet, some of the big beats which are clearly meant to convey this subtext is certainly lacking, according to Admiral Halsey. One particular scene, after Mercer is informed by Admiral Halsey (Victor Garber) as to Teleyas'' rise in populist power, is very bleak

Mercer and Commander Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) discuss the Krill political system''s absolute debacle. They seemingly speak only in t-shirt worthy words. Phrases such as rhetoric and fire or emotions may be more persuasive, but they ring loudly. They appear more worthy of your Aunts Facebook banner rather than a otherwise well-crafted episode.

The latter half of the episode is almost perfectly balanced and oftentimes, quite exciting. Even as the Union delegation approached Krill''s surface (avant the coup began), the scope of the episode is evident and epic. The musical score swells to John Williamsian levels, while the Krill homeworld is similar to Blade Runner. It provided a wider cinematic sense than television can often offer.

The major events of the episode extended the universe in shattering ways. Mercer and Teleya had a heart-to-cold-heart discussion, but ultimately the audience would not see eye-to-eye. With Teleya''s heart still filled with so much anger because of previous events, the treaty would never be signed, leaving the delegation and the Orville in real danger.

Mercer is soon and mysteriously led out of prison by two guards without explanation. When they slink through Dalakos like Krill''s version of rats, Mercer is accompanied by a small group of armed Krill. They are killed on the sidewalk, and he is transported to a tiny underground building. While there, a small group of armed Krill who opposes Teleya says to Mercer that he and Teleya have a daughter, Anaya,

If one scene in which MacFarlane and McManus were not enough, the second scene after Mercer was sentenced again is absolutely wonderful (despite perhaps the logic of his return to be reinstated in the first place). Teleya and McManus should be extremely satisfied with this scene, given the fact that both actors are quite adept in taking part in the film, claiming that Anaya is the reason for the title of the episode, and that MacFarlane and McManus are all very well known.

The powerful textual text of the episode stutters any emotional strength this heated and intense conversation builds up for the episode. As a slapdash conclusion to the Mercer and Teleyas argument, the authors added a parable about abortion, which is certainly a challenging topic to say the least.

Mercer asks Teleya why did she have her in the first place? Mercer instructs Mercer to show him what the Krill do to those who end their life in a barbaric way. It is also important to watch and to understand how the lost child will look at later in life. The Krill''s pro-life philosophy is evidently absent.

This review will not elaborate on the subject, but this particular moment in the episode is beyond forced. While Mercer had to pose his point about why Teleya went through with it, this specific political debate appeared to be a tidbit that Braga and Bormanis had to add in a loaded episode, adding this one throwaway clinic scene added quite a little more than a shoehorned secondary preachment.

So far this season, many episodes have established narrative lines that will undoubtedly impact the crew of the Orville. This episode, while simultaneously thinking about the future and revealing darker narrative paths, also contains several heartfelt moments. Mercer and LaMarr (J. Lee) had an unexpected flirtatious moment, and it will be interesting to see how this might be done in the future.

This was, for the most part, a well-acted episode with a well-balanced story; a story that has reshaped the show''s structure and its main characters. While the writers might have found a better balance, it''s exciting to think about them playing the long game when it comes to the show''s journey.