This week’s episode of The Orville was a big surprise for me. So far, I have absolutely loved this show, and this episode made me love it even more.
I’d like to put my spoiler warning here. This episode got real.
As we know, the Moclan race in Orville is entirely male, and in the last few minutes of episode two, it was revealed that First Officer Klyden’s child was female. The third episode begins with the Moclan tradition of changing this baby’s gender.
Whoa, there! Politics, already?
Well, not exactly. Although things do get a little over-politically correct at some moments, the entire human population would usually agree on this one thing: giving a child a life-changing sex change procedure as a baby is wrong. The line gets blurred however, when you toss in the fact that this is a baby from another species.
Klyden asks for the sex change from the ship’s doctor, Dr. Claire Finn, who quickly turns him down. Then he goes to the Captain who is understandably appalled by the idea. He dismisses Klyden, and sends some of his friends to try and convince Klyden to change his mind.
First, Alara faces him in a boxing match, and clearly defeats him. What turns out to be more effective, though, is when Malloy and Lamar come to his quarters with a 6 pack and a “classic earth movie”. This movie ends up being the stop motion Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Klyden — seeing how Rudolf’s oddity makes him a hero — understands from this that his child could accomplish amazing things as she is. The continuous referral to Rudolf is by far the funniest thing to happen on this show. I laughed so hard! Then things get a little more complicated when Klyden’s mate — who also used to be a female — doesn’t want to change his mind about the baby.
To sum up the rest of the episode, Kelly advocates for the baby to remain female at a Moclan trial. Unfortunately, despite a decent argument their baby is forced to take the procedure, and Klyden and his mate return to their quarters, where Klyden places a stuffed Rudolf into the crib with their newly changed baby.
RATING AND DISCUSSION
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions!
It was a interesting take on the differences between culture and gender, and it did it without stepping on too many toes, but it’s no Lord of the Rings.
This episode is both the funniest and most heartbreaking of the episodes that we have seen. Get yourself a show that can do both: watch more Orville.