Throughout the episode, writer David A. Goodman reveals a series of these vignettes where the family and the Kaylon (Graham Hamilton), called K1, interact. With each interlude, we see the family grow increasingly horrific to the (then) peaceful Kaylon, at first merely rude to the indentured and hard-working AI, and eventually, abusing him. These specific anecdotes paint a fuller picture of the history of the Kaylon and the “Builders”, the biological species that created the Kaylon, whose fans The Orville knowledge will ultimately be annihilated by their creation. Flashbacks add context to the discovery of a peaceful and fully emotional Kaylon named Timmis (Christopher Larkin).
While Commander Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) and Lieutenant Keyali (Jessica Szohr) are on the ship trying to convince a matriarchal species to join the Union, Captain Mercer (MacFarlane), Bortus (Peter Macon), Malloy (Scott Grimes ) and Burke (Anne Winters) descend to the surface of Citula 4, a supposedly abandoned planet, or so the crew thinks.
There, they discover Timmis, and immediately raise their weapons. But they are greeted by a friendly, more human artificial being, with no trace of hostility. Understandably, the Orville crew doesn’t trust Timmis, but he’s soon joined by Doctor Villka (Eliza Taylor), who explains that she and her father, both renowned cyberneticians, found Timmis after a battle. with the Union. They decided to revive the barely functioning Kaylon and, by altering his pain receptors, were able to infuse him with a full spectrum of emotions.
The episode’s storyline is arguably one of the densest stories in the series’ 33 episodes to date. There’s a lot going on, including the crew’s trickery into tricking the matriarchal Cissians into thinking the Union treats men as second-class citizens as well, a subplot that harkens back to the inconsistent sex life and relationship issues. de Lamaar (J Lee) and Keyali, and Burke’s continued distrust of the Kaylons. Meanwhile, the central plot on Kaylon and Timmis’ evolution story culminates with Isaac (Mark Jackson) having to make a life-changing decision regarding whether or not he will have the procedure that will give him that same full spectrum of emotions and what it may mean for Doctor Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald).
Although hesitant at first, Isaac actually goes through with the process, which leads to one of the series’ sweetest moments. Mark Jackson doesn’t get enough praise for his performance as Isaac. Having to portray a character devoid of emotion while making him approachable is quite a feat. Admittedly, it is a star trek something of a staple, as most iterations of this franchise have included a Spock or Data-like character as part of the crew to explore the intricacies of human behavior, and Isaac is clearly inspired by these classic characters. But Jackson also had to convey that affability while being completely anonymous. Isaac’s costume only gives the actor the ability to convey subtlety through his voice (which often doesn’t modulate) or body language, and yet the likeable Kaylon is a fan favorite.
As the emotional dike breaks, Jackson gives a terrific performance. The triggering of real emotion begins with just a subtle smile from Jackson, which draws viewers in, and as more and more emotions come out, it all seems quite believable in terms of what Isaac might have been. have in him from the start. Isaac and Claire’s relationship has been building for two seasons now, and audiences can finally see them both happy and confess their love for each other.