Mechocracy

Red DwarfLister downloaded a distress signal directly into Red Dwarf’s computer core, inadvertently infecting the ship’s entire computer system with a virus. Red Dwarf is adrift dangerously close to a massive black hole, and as the crew prepares to abandon ship, they’re astonished when the vending machines and other independent systems on board link with the main computer to rid it of the virus and regain control of the ship. The emergency is over, but now there’s a new crisis: the vending machines band together and demand to choose a representative to interface between them and the crew, to represent their interests. Kryten and Rimmer both put themselves up for the job, and begin mounting election campaigns, complete with smear-tactic advertisements and promises they can’t possibly keep.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Daniel Barker (Dispensing Machine 402 / Other Voices), Penelope Freeman (Dispensing Machine 403), Oliver Maltman (Other Dispensing Machines), David Ross (Talkie Toaster)

Notes: Talkie Toaster was last seen in 1991’s White Hole; Kryten says Talkie has been in the trash hold for two decades, indicating that as much time has passed for the characters as has passed for cast and audience. As with Talkie Toaster’s last appearance before this season, the character was voiced by David Ross, who was also the first actor to portray Kryten.

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Into The Fold

The OrvilleDr. Finn and her two sons, Ty and Marcus, depart the Orville aboard a shuttle bound for a vacation planet. A last-minute pilot replacement leaves Dr. Finn with Isaac in the pilot’s chair rather than Gordon, and Isaac confesses complete bewilderment about the seemingly disrespectful behavior of the Finn children. But there are bigger problems than brothers picking on each other: the shuttle falls through a rift in space, suffering significant damage along the way. As the shuttle plummets through the sky of a habitable planet, Isaac tries to bring it in for a controlled landing while Dr. Finn tries to restore auxiliary power in the rear section of the shuttle, which is torn off by the shuttle’s rough landing with her inside. Dr. Finn, still unconscious, is dragged away by a being named Drogen, who seems to want to keep her prisoner, and won’t give in to her demands to find her children. Isaac finds himself trying to ride herd over the feuding Finn brothers, gather resources the power up the shuttle wreckage enough to send a distress call, and fending off a relentless horde of cannibals.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis
directed by Brannon Braga
music by Joel McNeely

The OrvilleCast: Seth McFarlane (Captain Ed Mercer), Adrianne Palicki (Commander Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Commander Bortus), Halston Sage (Lt. Alara Kitan), J Lee (Lt. John LaMarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Larry Joe Campbell (Chief Newton), Brian Thompson (Drogen), Norm MacDonald (voice of Yaphit), B.J. Tanner (Marcus Finn), Kai Di’Nilo Wener (Ty Finn), Rachael MacFarlane (Computer Voice), Brett Easton (Feral Alien Man), Heidi Pascoe (Feral Alien Woman), Brandon Melendy (Feral Alien #5)

The OrvilleNotes: Guest star Brian Thompson is the latest Star Trek veteran to appear in the Orville; his lengthy list of genre credits includes The Terminator, Otherworld, Knight Rider, Star Trek: The Next Generation (A Matter Of Honor), Alien Nation, Superboy, two episodes of Deep Space Nine, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Seven Days, the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, The X-Files, and episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Dr. Finn’s children were neither seen nor mentioned prior to this episode.

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Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate 1308.9: Having deposited a landing party consisting of Saru, Burnham, and Tyler to the planet Pahvo, the Discovery diverts to answer a distress call from U.S.S. Gagarin, under Klingon attack. Lorca’s previous strategy – to drop in out of a spore drive jump and blast every enemy in sight – is no longer a guarantee of success: as more Klingon houses rally to Kol’s side, their ships are armed with cloaking devices. Discovery‘s overwhelming advantage has been negated, and the Gagarin and her crew pay the price for this revelation.

On Pahvo, a planet whose ecosphere audibly sings in a variety of frequencies, boosted into space by a crystalline transmitter that may or may not be of natural origin, Saru’s landing party is there to see if that transmitter can be altered in such a way as to help the Federation’s war effort. But what couldn’t be seen from space is quite visible on the ground: the planet is inhabited by energy beings who are curious about their unexpected visitors. They offer peace to Saru – a peace that he’ll willingly betray anyone to keep.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Kirsten Beyer
directed by John S. Scott
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek: DiscoveryCast: Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), Michael Boisvert (Kovil), Conrad Coates (Admiral Terral), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Anthony Grant (Klingon Communications Officer), Julianne Grossman (Disocvery Computer), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Bryce), Tyler Evan Webb (Klingon Guard)

Star Trek: DiscoveryNotes: The title of the episode translates from Latin to English as “if you want peace, prepare for war”, originating in a 5th century written work, “De Re Militari” (“Concerning Military Matters”). This is not the first Star Trek episode to use a Latin phrase as its title; that honor goes to Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (1999), an episode of Deep Space Nine‘s seventh and final season.

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Kindred

Star Wars: RebelsEzra and Zeb are trying to retrieve the hyperdrive stolen from the crashed TIE Defender when they run afoul of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s personal assassin, Rukh. Operating independently of the Imperial search parties, Rukh finds the Rebels quickly and tracks them back to their hideout. Ezra again spots a pack of Loth-wolves, which saved his life before, but now he has to talk the far more skeptical Kanan and Zeb into putting their lives in the wolves’ hands.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Henry Gilroy
directed by Sergio Paez
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla / TIE Pilot), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer / Stormtrooper), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Dante Basco (Jai Kell), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Dave Filoni (Scout Trooper), and White Loth-wolf (himself)

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Crawler Commandeers

Star Wars: RebelsFrom their new base of operations on Lothal’s southern hemisphere, Ezra, Kanan and the others spot one of the surface-smelting strip-mining crawlers that have laid waste to much of the planet’s natural surface. The Empire hires these vehicles and their minimal crews from the Mining Guild, and Ezra sees an opportunity to seize control of it. The crawler’s captain, however, isn’t going to let these “pirates” take his ship from him easily. Kanan discovers that the Rebels’ sometimes-ally Cikatro Vizago is among the slave laborers toiling in the bowels of the crawler, possibly giving him an edge in recruiting the rest of the slaves aboard. When the crawler’s captive captain summons the Empire to help, the not-even-remotely-combat-ready crawler may suddenly become the Rebels’ biggest liability.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Matt Michnovetz
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla / TIE Pilot), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper Commander), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa), Seth Green (Captain Seevor), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago / Mining Guild HQ), Michael Bell (General Dodonna / Slave #1), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi / Slave Master), Dave Filoni (Slave #2)

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Cupid’s Dagger

The OrvilleKaraoke night aboard the Orville is somewhat mercifully interrupted by new orders from Admiral Halsey: the Navarian/Bruidian conflict over the planet Lopovia – and its ruins that may indicate ancient settlement by either race, depending on DNA analysis – is coming to a head. Mercer is ordered to proceed to Lopovia and consult with a Planetary Union archaeologist, who will announce the results to ambassadors from both species immediately…in the hopes that the Union’s presence will keep a full-scale war from instantly breaking out over Lopovia. But a smaller-scale war seems inevitable when the arachaeologist turned out to be Darulio, the alien who ended Mercer’s marriage to Commander Grayson. Despite the palpable tension of sitting in the middle of a potential war zone, however, members of the crew begin acting strangely: after initially being enraged at Darulio’s presence, Mercer finds himself inexplicably attracted to his ex-wife’s former lover. Dr. Finn finally gives in to Yaphit’s advances. All of the strange behavior coincides with Darulio’s arrival, and may be related to his pheremones. As one of very few members of the Orville’s crew unaffected by these strange urges, Alara decides Darulio may be the key to preventing a war.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Liz Helden
directed by Jamie Babbit
music by John Debney

The OrvilleCast: Seth McFarlane (Captain Ed Mercer), Adrianne Palicki (Commander Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Commander Bortus), Halston Sage (Lt. Alara Kitan), J Lee (Lt. John LaMarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Chad L. Coleman (Klyden), Rob Lowe (Darulio), Victor Garber (Admiral Halsey), Larry Joe Campbell (Chief Newton), J. Paul Boehmer (Navarian Ambassador), Derek Mears (Bruidian Ambassador), Norm MacDonald (voice of Yaphit), Mike Henry (Dann), Ralph Garman (Kanoot), Stevens Gaston (Ensign Brooks), Gavin Lee (Henry Park), B.J. Tanner (Marcus Finn), Kai Di’Nilo Wener (Ty Finn), Alexander Bedria (voice from Comm)

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M-Corp

Red DwarfThough he’s billions of light years away from the Earth he once knew, Dave Lister is – thanks to repeated stints in stasis booths – turning 50 years old. Kryten installs a microscopic monitoring device into Lister’s body to monitor his health, only for it to fail within minutes due to its outdated software. One software update later, the crew receives word that Jupiter Mining Corporation – the company that built and operated Red Dwarf – has been bought by a mega-conglomerate called M-Corp, which managed to buy Earth in the 26th century thanks to claiming everything, down to water, as its intellectual property. New supplies appear all over the ship, but as part of the M-Corp end user agreement, Lister will soon stop seeing anything that wasn’t made by M-Corp – his bed, his table, his beer, a hologram of his dead bunkmate, a creature descended from the ship’s cat, a sanitation droid…but M-Corp knows Lister needs friends and a home. And it will happily sell those things to him. If he can’t pay in cash, M-Corp accepts other forms of payment…such as taking years off of Lister’s life. Even if they can reach him in his new virtual reality world, Kryten, Cat, and Rimmer may not be able to set Lister free.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Helen George (Aniter), Ian Boldsworth (Steve), Oliver Maltman (Chippy), Phil Adele (Jim)

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Into The Forest I Go

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: The crystalline transmitter on planet Pahvo is sending a homing signal identifying its location to both Starfleet and the Klingon fleet. Though ordered to withdraw to protect the Discovery‘s one-of-a-kind technology, Captain Lorca is ready to stay and fight. Saru and Burnham devise a means of gathering data on the Klingon cloaking device through a series of over a hundred spore drive jumps in rapid succession. In lieu of a suitable tardigrade creature, Lt. Stamets prepares to serve as the spore drive’s navigator yet again, over Dr. Culber’s objections. Burnham and Lt. Tyler beam over to the Klingon ship of the dead to plant the sensors that will gather the data, but discover that they’re not the only human life signs on board: Admiral Cornwell is still alive in Klingon captivity. So is L’Rell, imprisoned by Kol for her treachery. Burnham has to go it alone when the sight of L’Rell leaves Tyler in a state of post-traumatic shock, and to buy time, Burnham reveals herself and challenges Kol to a duel. Though Burnham is unable to overpower Kol, it will be his last fight as the Discovery gains the upper hand by finding the means to defeat the cloaking device. Burnham, Tyler and Cornwell are beamed safely back aboard Discovery, but L’Rell throws herself at Tyler in order to escape as well, and is promptly thrown in the brig. Though weakened, Stamets volunteers to navigate Discovery for one last jump home…though it would seem that Lorca still isn’t ready to return to Earth.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt
directed by Chris Byrne
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek: DiscoveryCast: Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), Michael Ayres (Transporter Technician), Conrad Coates (Admiral Terral), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Julianne Grossman (Disocvery Computer), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), David Benjamin Tomlinson (Klingon Bridge Officer)

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Rebel Assault

Star Wars: RebelsMon Mothma finally commits an attack force to destroy the TIE Defender factory on Lothal, in an effort to prevent the Empire’s new fighter from making it into mass production. Hera leads Phoenix Squadron into battle while Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Ryder begin destroying Imperial ground defenses on the surface. When Hera’s squadron is forced down onto Lothal, Grand Admiral Thrawn dispatches Rukh to hunt down the survivors. Kanan decides he alone has to go back to save her…but he may already be too late.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Steven Melching
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Phoenix Five “Duke”), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Commander Woldar / Stormtrooper #1), Anna Graves (Citizen / Phoenix Four “Cleat”), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Zachary Gordon (Imperial Technician #1 / Mart Mattin), Dave Filoni (Imperial Technician #2), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Stephen Stanton (Stormtrooper Commander / Stormtrooper #2 / Transport Driver), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris)

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Firestorm

The OrvilleA bumpy ride through an ion storm turns into a deadly ride through an ion storm. When part of the roof of the engine room collapses, Alara is asked to help lift pieces of debris off of trapped crewmates. When a fire erupts in front of her, she hesistates, and one of the engineers dies. She begins questioning her own abilities, even to the point of trying to hand Captain Mercer her resignation. She contacts her parents to ask if she suffered any trauma at a very young age due to a fire, and begins exploring what other fears might stop her in her tracks. But her attempts to scare herself mean that Alara will have to take an even riskier course of action that could well mean watching all of her friends and crewmates die before her eyes.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
directed by Brannon Braga
music by John Debney

The OrvilleCast: Seth McFarlane (Captain Ed Mercer), Adrianne Palicki (Commander Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Commander Bortus), Halston Sage (Lt. Alara Kitan), J Lee (Lt. John LaMarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Larry Joe Campbell (Chief Newton), Molly Hagan (Drenala Kitan), Robert Picardo (Ildis Kitan), Tim Mikulecky (Lt. Harrison Payne), Gavin Lee (Henry Park), Rachael MacFarlane (Computer Voice), Seth Austin (Clown)

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Skipper

Red DwarfA close brush with an anomaly in spacetime leaves the crew of Red Dwarf experiencing the opposite outcome of their choices. Kryten surmises that the anomaly may have been a weak point in the fabric of the multiverse, and constructs a device to allow exploration of other universes where the crew’s lives have turned out wildly differently. Rimmer volunteers to be the test subject, since any reality has to be better than his current one – or so he thinks. From reliving the death of the entire Red Dwarf crew to a universe in which an urbane, domesticated Lister is comfortably living aboard a Red Dwarf overrun by creatures descended from his pet rat, Rimmer is disturbed by what he sees, until he arrives in a universe in which he’s a high-ranking member of the crew. This, he decides, is the life for him…until he meets Red Dwarf’s captain.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Norman Lovett (Holly), Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister), Richard Brimblecombe (Bradley), Tina Harris (Parkinson), Hayley-Marie Axe (Calm Woman voice)

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New Dimensions

The OrvilleChief Newton is preparing to retire from the service, and even as the farewell party commences, Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson are already turning their attention to finding a replacement for the chief engineer. A casual glance through crew records reveals something surprising: Lt. LaMarr, the ship’s navigator, has extensive engineering experience that more than meets the qualifications for the job… and yet the crew knows him for his largely lowbrow antics. When this is brought to Mercer’s attention, he’s surprised as well, but favors giving Yaphit the job. Grayson insists on giving LaMarr a fair shot…and then accidentally drops a hint that she also insisted that Mercer himself get a promotion to Captain. As LaMarr tries to navigate his way through the unfamiliar space of a departmental command position, Mercer begins questioning if he’s the right person to be sitting in the captain’s chair. Amidst all this self-doubt, an anomaly lurks in nearby space whose strange nature could flatten the Orville and her crew.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Seth MacFarlane
directed by Kelly Cronin
music by Andrew Cottee

The OrvilleCast: Seth McFarlane (Captain Ed Mercer), Adrianne Palicki (Commander Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Commander Bortus), Halston Sage (Lt. Alara Kitan), J Lee (Lt. John LaMarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Victor Garber (Admiral Halsey), Larry Joe Campbell (Chief Newton), Norm MacDonald (Yaphit), Mike Henry (Dann), Kai Di’Nilo Wener (Ty Finn), B.J. Tanner (Marcus Finn), Paul Vogt (Horbalak Captain), Michael J. Sielaff (Palovis), Dan J. Evans (Engineer #1), Erica Mathlin (Engineer #2)

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