The numbers are in and the premiere episode of The Orville brought in 16 million viewers. Solid numbers for a premiere it will be seen whether or not the second episode will continue to build a strong audience. Fox has moved the show from behind football (which you could argue helped to kill Futurama) on Sunday’s to follow Gotham on it’s new night of Thursday. Fox is banking on the same audience for both shows. If you haven’t seen the premiere please go back and do so before watching the second, I promise that it will make more sense.
WARNING . . . SPOILERS BELOW
“Command Performance” was a very good second episode that stands on it’s own and is a strong start to the inaugural season of the show. The plot is of first & second experiences. For the first experience, Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) and his first officer/ex-wife Commander Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) embark on a mission to save Mercer’s parents, leaving young Lieutenant Alara Kitan (Halston Sage) in command for her very first time. This part of the plot does a magnificent job exploring feelings of inadequacy and what happens when you rise above them.
When Mercer & Grayson leave to save his parents from a damaged ship, they find themselves transported to their apartment in New York City. This was a brilliant way to explore their evolving relationship and to also give the audience an idea of what their marriage was like. From talking about old times to remembering which habits drove the other one crazy the experience is a reminder to them what it was like to be married.
While not as much fun as the premiere episode, I still give it a solid 4 couches.
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions!