A Memorable Plot Twist Dominates 'The Orville' Episode 'Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes'

Space.com | 1/18/2019 | Staff
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Spoilers, dead ahead!

Straight out of the starting blocks, this episode, called "Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes," looks interesting. Lt. Tharl (Patrick Warburton) makes a welcome return to the bridge, brandishing his unique brand of still-awkward-new-crewmember humor and proving that this could be developed into something very amusing. We very much hope he doesn't disappear too soon.

January - National - Science - Foundation - Gemini

On January 18, 2002, the National Science Foundation formally opened the Gemini South telescope in Chile. This became the second telescope to make up the Gemini Observatory. Its twin telescope, Gemini North, is located in Hawaii. Together, these telescopes provide complete coverage of entire sky all around the Earth. The Gemini South telescope saw its first light in 1998, but it wasn't formally opened for observations until 2002. Since then, astronomers have used these telescopes to study supernovas, black holes, exoplanets and more.

Mercer consults with his best friend, Lt. Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), and decides he should inform his ex-wife and first officer, Cmdr. Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), that he's now dating someone.

Route - Getaway - Shuttlecraft - Encounters - Marauder-class

While en route to their romantic getaway, the shuttlecraft encounters three Marauder-class Krill fighters. Despite cloaking, the fighters are able to detect them and disable their ship. An enormous Krill cruiser appears above them and, using a tractor beam, the shuttlecraft is taken inside.

Aboard the Orville, Malloy announces to Grayson that he'd like to be put forward for the shipmaster qualification program.

Cell - Krill - Cruiser - Mercer - Torture

In a cell aboard the Krill cruiser, Mercer is being threatened with torture unless he hands over his command codes so that the Krill commander can access the Planetary Union deployment strategies or some such thing. As a further incentive, he's shown Tyler being tortured.

"Alpha Charlie, 27 Gamma 42 Delta 6…" Mercer says, sighing.

Step - Malloy - Command

Meanwhile, the first step to Malloy's first command is a medical and...
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