Tonight’s episode of The Orville, known as Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, was phenomenal. The episode was harking back to the same episode on The Subsequent Era involving Riker, however the ending was fully completely different. Precisely what did that ending imply? Learn on for the small print. This publish will, after all, have spoilers for the newest episode of The Orville.
In tonight’s episode, an experiment by Isaac ends with The Orville by accident choosing up a Kelly from seven years previously. All through the episode, we’re left questioning if she’s from a fractured timeline/parallel universe, or if she’s from the identical timeline and it’s crucial to ship her again or the whole lot will change.
Nicely, the ending of the episode doesn’t give us a clearcut reply. In actual fact, we received’t know if the timeline modified till subsequent week’s Season 2 finale.
The Episode Was Paying homage to The Subsequent Era’s Second Probabilities
If tonight’s episode felt acquainted, that’s as a result of it was similar to one in all my all time favourite episodes of Star Trek: The Subsequent Era, known as Second Probabilities. (There are spoilers for Second Probabilities on this part. Skip on to the subsequent part if you happen to don’t need to be spoiled about TNG.)
Second Probabilities was episode 150 of TNG, when Commander Riker confronted a reproduction of himself. Riker was a part of a rescue staff eight years earlier that helped evacuate a Federation analysis base. Now they’ve come again, and when the away staff beams down they discover a duplicate or Riker who’s been on the planet this whole time. Eight years earlier, there was a disruption within the transporter beam that duplicated Riker.
So the story is similar to the one we noticed on The Orville. Though Riker was the identical age as his duplicate, they’d been separated for eight years. Duplicate Riker was a decrease ranked officer (a lieutenant in comparison with a commander). The 2 have fairly a little bit of battle, and Lt. Riker and Troi even resume their relationship (now that Troi and Commander Riker are now not collectively.) It ends with Lt. Riker taking a publish on one other ship and altering his title to Thomas Riker, and he and Troi don’t proceed their relationship.
So there have been some fairly vital similarities between that episode and tonight’s The Orville. However regardless of all that, I liked how they dealt with issues. The choice for Ed to not proceed attempting a brand new relationship with youthful Kelly made sense. They’re very completely different individuals now and never fairly so appropriate. Plus it was simply too bizarre. I appreciated how this one concerned time journey somewhat than a transporter accident, leaving the precise affect on our present timeline as an enormous thriller. This was an clever episode with a cliffhanger ending. Which brings us to explaining that ending…
The Ending Isn’t Clear: We Nonetheless Don’t Know if the Timeline Was Fractured
On the finish of the episode, Isaac figures out a approach to ship “younger Kelly” again to the previous, but it surely’s dangerous. She’s additionally afraid she received’t have the ability to deal with the temptation of the information of the longer term, so Dr. Finn provides to thoughts wipe her so she received’t harm the timeline. After she’s thoughts wiped, Ed apologizes for all of the ache she’s going to take care of from him within the coming 5 years. (As an attention-grabbing word, though Ed was far too concerned in his work, it looks like their marriage wasn’t that horrible. If it hadn’t been for the alien that was in warmth and primarily managed Kelly on the time, they possible would by no means have divorced to start with, as a result of she most likely would have by no means cheated on Ed.)
On the very finish of the episode, Younger Kelly wakes up seven years previously, mendacity on the ground and really confused. It seems to be like Isaac’s experiment labored. However then one thing surprising occurs. Identical to he stated, Ed calls Kelly early within the morning to ask for a second date. Older Kelly had informed Ed that she thought of turning him down, however they’d a lot enjoyable the evening earlier than that she determined to simply accept his second date.
However Younger Kelly does one thing completely different. She truly turns Ed down and decides there’s actually no future for them. She takes a really completely different path than Older Kelly did.
We’re left with just a few unanswered questions, possible on function. It’s potential the thoughts wipe did work, and Younger Kelly merely subconsciously felt like she wanted to show down Ed as a result of he had simply rejected her in actual life just a few hours earlier. So her final expertise with him wasn’t joyful sufficient for her to simply accept a second date.
Nonetheless, it’s additionally potential that the thoughts wipe failed. Younger Kelly already stated that she wouldn’t be robust sufficient to withstand the temptation of utilizing data from the longer term to assist her along with her previous. So it’s potential that figuring out had dangerous issues have been going to go (which was all anybody actually informed her), she determined to not settle for his date.
Both method, we’ll discover out subsequent week if the timeline was fractured or not. If it was a parallel universe, then her determination received’t have any impact on the present subsequent week. If she actually was a part of the identical timeline, then her determination will imply issues are very completely different on the ship after we return for the Season 2 finale. We received’t know till subsequent week. If issues aren’t completely different, although, I nonetheless doubt that is the final we’ll see of this parallel universe storyline.