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The first thing to note about the latest "The Orville" episode, "All the World Is Birthday Cake," is that we're finally introduced to Lt. Alara Kitan's replacement. Since Halston Sage left the series in the episode "Home" (S02, E03) for reasons unknown, we've been waiting to meet the character set to be played by Jessica Szohr. Fox had been promoting her name since the beginning of Season 2. So, welcome, Lt. Talla Keyali.
January - NASA - Opportunity - Rover - Mars
On January 25, 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars! This was the second of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers to land on the red planet. Its counterpart, the Spirit rover, arrived just three weeks earlier. Opportunity is now the longest-running Mars rover mission. It was only intended to last 90 days, but the rover has been trekking around the Red Planet for more than 50 times its expected lifetime. Over the years, Opportunity has found meteorites on Mars, observed dust storms and looked for clues about the presence of water in Mars' ancient past.
The fifth episode of the second season starts with an alien race, who have a level of technological advancement comparable to our own, deciding that the time is right to send a message into deep space announcing their existence. With great excitement, scientists, technicians and officials from the alien world gather as their giant transmitter array is aligned and prepared.
Alignment - Complete - Transmitters - Power - Something
"Alignment complete. Transmitters at full power. Now, all we need is something to say," says a technician.
"Let's keep it simple. How about, 'Is there anyone out there?'" replies the leader.
Time - Incredibly - Issue
And so it is sent. You'd think they would have spent more time debating this incredibly important issue, but no. It's pretty much decided there and then.
The Orville detects this message, and so a "first contact" mission begins. It's interesting that MacFarlane...
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