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Tread Perilously – ‘The Orville – Krill’

Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.

This Week: The Orville‘s “Krill”

Tread Perilously continues Sci-Fi month by breaking the three-year rule again and looking at an episode of the 2017 series, The Orville, with the episode entitled “Krill.”

When the Orville manages to destroy a Krill ship, the gang ends up with a pristine Krill shuttle. Sensing the intelligence gathering opportunity, Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) is ordered to infiltrate a Krill warship using the shuttle and holographic projectors. Soon, he and Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes) learn about Krill religion, customs, and their war machine. He also discovers they train children aboard their starships. Will he be able to stop the Krill’s extermination plans for a human colony while saving the Krill younglings?

Erik reveals his dislike of MacFarlane and his seemingly contradictory appreciation for Ted. He also admits that MacFarlane is charming in person. Justin outlines why he believes “Krill” is both the strongest and weakest episode of The Orville to date. Erik is convinced he can see Scott Grimes’s soul dying a little more in each scene. The attention to detail in Krill culture and makeup is praised while MacFarlane’s brand of comedy continues to be derided. Nuance comes into play as Justin calls out Erik’s preference for repetitious comedy and Erik realizes that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s Michaela McManus should’ve spent her career playing Narns.

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