The Orville (2017– )
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The Road Not Taken 

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The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision.


Gary S. Rake (as Gary Rake)


Seth MacFarlane (created by), David A. Goodman





Episode complete credited cast:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn (as Kai Di'Nilo Wener)
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Halston Sage ... Alara Kitan
Chris Marroy ... Rebel


The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision.

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Release Date:

25 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When the ship approaches the Earth, the Moon is shown as being broken into pieces. This effect is similar to one used in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) in Season 5 where the Earth was broken into pieces. Adrianne Palicki appeared in that series as Bobbi Morse, however her character had left the show by that point. See more »


Claire could have never been sent to past-Kelly's apartment, because past-Kelly in her apartment appears as a result of past-Kelly being flung forward and back in time, as a result of present-Kelly having that memory in her own self, which Claire never witnessed, or shared. It is arguable that John was able to send her directly to that point based on Isaac's coordinates from the previous experiment, but that happened in a different time line, that was erased by past-Kelly changing the time line in the first place. See more »


[Gorden is flying through the crevices of an ice moon]
Capt. Ed Mercer: You ever flown inside one of these?
Lt. Gordon Malloy: Nope.
Capt. Ed Mercer: Should I be worried?
Lt. Gordon Malloy: Yup.
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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They topped "Identity". Amazing.
26 April 2019 | by deepgloatSee all my reviews

I did not think it was possible to top the previous high point of the series, the two-parter "Identity". I was delighted to be proven so unambiguously wrong. "The Road Not Taken" was an epic journey and tour de force for "The Orville". If this turns out to be the series finale (and IT HAD BETTER NOT BE), Seth MacFarlane and his talented production team left nothing on the table. Nothing short of brilliant.

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