The Orville Season 2 Episode 6 Review – ‘A Happy Refrain’

Martin Carr reviews the sixth episode of The Orville season 2…

You could just look at this week as another exercise in relationship exploration as two people from diametrically apposed backgrounds are brought together. You might choose to go deeper and consider the concept of feelings and what makes us sentient, self-aware and therefore human. Then finally there is the hokey incurable romantic route which relies on simulated precipitation, classic movie music and old fashioned candle lit dinners. Thankfully for us Seth MacFarlane covers all three whilst giving his most complex character a broader understanding of human behaviour without compromises.

Isaac as portrayed by English actor Mark Jackson has had more than a few Next Generation comparisons levelled at him, but here he comes into his own opposite Penny Johnson Jerald. By using the primary objective of Isaac as a starting point for examining relationships MacFarlane instils both comedy and pathos through Isaac broadening his experience.

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