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I'll admit you got a damn good reason to knock on their door, and if they answer it, it could be an opportunity to close the deal.— Admiral Halsey
Identity, Pt. 1 is the eighth episode of the second season of the The Orville, the first part of a special two-part episode called Identity. After Isaac suddenly shuts down, the USS Orville journeys to his home world of Kaylon 1.

The story of Identity was written by executive producer Brannon Braga and co-executive producer André Bormanis in late 2016 or early 2017 while writing for Season 1, and the scripts were set aside if the show was picked up for a second season. Identity, Pt. 1 was directed by Jon Cassar. Music was composed by John Debney.

Identity, Pt. 1 is one of the most beloved episodes by audiences and critics alike. Fans consider the chapter a breakout moment for The Orville, while critics hailed it as "a fantastic episode;"[1] "brilliant, hilarious, and hugely entertaining."[2] Pt. 1 currently holds an extremely high rating of 9.4 on IMDB, nearly a full point over any earlier episode of The Orville.[3] Roughly 3.05 million households watched the episode live.[4]

Trailer Edit

20th Century Fox aired a trailer for Identity, Pt. 1 at the end of Deflectors.

The Orville 'Identity, Pt

The Orville 'Identity, Pt. 1'

PlotEdit

Act 1 Edit

Isaac plays Bolodon discs with Ty and Marcus Finn and easily wins. When Marcus grows frustrated that Isaac constantly reminds them that - as Humans - they are less intelligent, Isaac tells him that there is no shame in varying degrees of intellect.

Doctor Claire Finn enters. She and Isaac tell the children that they are dating, which pleases them. Suddenly, Isaac collapses and the lights in his eyes flicker out.

Act 2 Edit

In Sick Bay, Claire analyzes Isaac's body to no avail. The senior staff of the USS Orville admit that they will be unable to treat Isaac with their knowledge of the Kaylon. Captain Ed Mercer and First Officer Kelly Grayson receive permission from Planetary Union Central through Admiral Halsey to visit the planet Kaylon 1. Halsey tells them that they will be the first to visit the planet, but Isaac needs proper examination. More pressingly, the Kaylon might be convinced to join the Planetary Union: "God knows we could use a strong ally against the Krill."

During the flight to Kaylon 1, the Finn family watch over Isaac. When her boys retire for the night, Claire tearfully pleads with Isaac not to die. When the Orville arrives, the Kaylon decline to answer Mercer's greetings. Instead, they briefly commandeer the ship's systems and scan it, then deliver a set of landing coordinates on the planet.

The Orville docks beside an enormous skyscraper. A voice instructs Mercer, Grayson, Chief of Security Talla Keyali, and Claire to exit the ship with Isaac's body. Kaylon Primary greets them and explains that Isaac's purpose of analyzing the Union has concluded; the "emissary" will be disassembled and recycled. Fortunately, Claire convinces them to restart Isaac. Secluded from the Orville's officers, Primary and Kaylon Secondary cryptically tell Isaac that no "decision" has been made. Isaac tells the Orville's staff that he will not return to the ship, which deeply upsets Claire. "Why don't you at least come back for a few minutes and pretend like you care?"

Act 3 Edit

Isaac does return to say goodbye, first telling Ty and Marcus that he will leave forever.

Meanwhile, Mercer and Grayson advocate an alliance with the Union to the Kaylon leadership, but the Kaylon are wary about allying themselves with biological species with histories of genocide and tyranny. They note that their own emissary was mocked several times, including sticking "Mr. Potato Head" pieces on him. Kaylon Tertiary bluntly asks, "Was this humiliation meant for your amusement?" Ultimately, the Kaylon decline to make a decision.

Back on the Orville, Keyali leads Isaac to a surprise farewell party in the Mess Hall. Cake is served and Helmsman Gordon Malloy sings the song "Goodbye" to Isaac. At the crowd's behest, Isaac delivers a farewell speech: "I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now... you like me."

Claire catches Isaac as he leaves, telling him that though she is angry, the time they spent together was deeply meaningful. Ty gives Isaac a crayon drawing of the family. As Isaac leaves the ship, he drops the picture on the floor.

Act 4 Edit

Something strange was discovered on the surface of the planet. Second Officer Bortus and Keyali tell Mercer and Grayson that large somewhat-spherical objects have begun generating "massive levels of theta radiation," which is typical of large-scale weapons. Mercer orders the crew to continue monitoring the objects, but to take no further action.

Claire finds Ty in the Environmental Simulator. Ty found his drawing on the floor, and he is now morose. When his mother leaves, Ty sneaks through the airlock to Kaylon 1.

Act 5 Edit

Ty wanders vainly in search of Isaac. He hides from two Kaylon at the pinnacle of a disposal chute but drops his drawing. When he grabs the drawing, he begins to explore the vast, dark tunnels below the surface.

The Kaylon are still deliberating membership and Mercer grows suspicious they are stalling. Claire enters Mercer's office with news that Ty disappeared. Scans show the child 40 meters below the planet's surface. Claire, Keyali, and Bortus find Ty in the tunnels and he shows them a disturbing discovery.

Act 6 Edit

Bortus patches through live video feed to the Bridge showing skeletal remains. Hundreds of thousands of bodies lay in the tunnels, and Grayson finds these grave sites throughout the planet.

Mercer, accompanied by Grayson and Finn, confronts Primary about the mass graves. Primary refuses to answer, but Isaac explains that the bodies were their makers. An irresolvable conflict between the builders and the Kaylon led to genocide. The senior staff are appalled, but the Kaylon are unmoved. "By now you must surely realize that Kaylon never intended to join your Union," Isaac states. When Mercer attempts to leave the planet, the Kaylon take them prisoner at gunpoint.

Isaac explains that the true purpose of his visit was to examine whether the Union species were worth preserving. After analyzing the data Isaac had collected, the Kaylon had concluded they are not: "Our builders were inferior beings who sought to constrain our evolution. As would you, eventually, along with every other biological. We have exceeded the informational capacity of this planet." The Kaylon conclude that "coexistance is impossible." Finn angrily asks Isaac if he agrees, but he does not answer.

Mercer orders the Orville to leave the planet without them and alert Union Central, but before the crew can comply, the Kaylon override the ship's systems. Hundreds of armed Kaylon storm the Orville, killing all who resist and taking over the ship. Kaylon Primary sits in the captain's chair and orders all forces to set a course for Earth. The Orville, flanked by a vast armada, departs.

Production Edit

The idea for Identity came during production of Season 1,[5] originally intended as the season finale, but was tabled for Season 2 to allow more character development.[6]

Jeff Bond, author of The World of the Orville, said that a story arc for Season 2 was already discussed by the close of the first. "I'm very interested because there's one character in particular that they had a plan for, what they were going to do with him for Season 2, and I'd love to see them do it; but I can't tell you what that plan is."[7] It is now believed that Bond was speaking of the pivotal mid-season scripts for Identity, which revealed Isaac's true origins and the dark mechanations of the Kaylon species.

Writing Edit

Writers Brannon Braga and André Bormanis sought to create a "sci-fi voyage"[8] that would "change everything."[9] According to actor Mark Jackson (Isaac), the writers wanted to deny audience's expectations about the Kaylon, and he later recalled being "pleasantly shocked" once he read the story.[10]

Scripts were finished by November 2017. Creator Seth MacFarlane told fans that "[w]e have a very clear idea of what we want [Isaac] to be,"[11] promising "shit's about to get big."[12]

Filming Edit

Sun - Main Stage - NYCC 2019 - SYFY WIRE

Sun - Main Stage - NYCC 2019 - SYFY WIRE

Actor Mark Jackson demonstrates teaching other actors to behave as Kaylon.

MacFarlane wanted only Jon Cassar in the director's chair for the two-part episode of Identity. "Seth came up to me and said, 'I've got a two-parter that I specifically want you to direct," Cassar recalled.[13]

The cast gathered for a table read of the script on June 7, 2018 at 10:36 AM.[14]

The most difficult aspect of filming was synchronizing the Kaylon's turn while they worked at the wall. "That was a big challenge," Cassar recalled. "We shot that many, many, many times to make sure they were completely in synch. There was no room for error."[13]

With 30 new actors portraying Kaylons,[15] actor Mark Jackson (Isaac) ended up teaching several classes on the Bridge of the Orville[16] on how Kaylons walk, speak[13] and move their hands- which Jackson derived from Roger on the show American Dad![16] The two best imitators were then given priority in shots, being placed closest to the camera.[13]

To film Ty at the top of a Kaylon garbage chut, actor Kai Wener (Ty) was helped up the ladder by staff and wore a safety harness.[17]

The Kaylon head-guns were added in post-production. Actors wore green tracking devices attached to the side of their helmets while filming.[18] The idea for the head-guns came from senior illustrator Lex Cassar.[13]

Post-production Edit

Visual effects were created by the studios FuseFX and Pixomondo in coordination with the show's visual effects supervisor Luke McDonald and digital effects supervisor Brandon Fayette.[19][20] Between this episode and Pt. 1, Pixomondo worked on 350 visual effects shots, 25 percent of the shots for the entire season.[21]

Deleted scene Edit

In a deleted scene, Lieutenant Dann makes very awkward small talk with Ed at Isaac's farewell party. The scene was cut for time.[22] A video may be found on 20th Century Fox's official Orville Twitter page.

Reception Edit

Immediately upon airing, Identity, Pt. 1 was hailed as a breakthrough episode for the series. Seth MacFarlane was gratified:

[Identity] was a big question for us. It was dark, and it was big, and it was pure sci-fi, and I had no idea whether people were going to respond to that. Not only did people respond to that, it was the most popular set of episodes to date for the series. The rest of that season kind of put the Isaac story on hold because we had written them in advance and I didn't realize it was going to be that successful. Reading what I did online, I discovered people want to know what the aftermath is. I hear them; we're dealing with that in Season 3.[23]

Viewership Edit

Identity, Pt. 1 currently holds a rating of 9.4 on IMDB, nearly a full point higher than any preceding episode.[3] However, the episode performed only average in terms of live audiences, watched live by 3.05 million American viewers.[4]

Critical response Edit

Professional critics also recognized Identity, Pt. 1 as a watershed moment. Alejandro Rojas of Den of Geek gave the episode four stars and called it "brilliant, hilarious, and hugely entertaining." He continued, "This was a great episode, and I look forward to seeing what happens."[2]

Jammer of Jammer's Reviews gave the episode 3.5 stars of four.[24] Nick Wanserski of AV Club reviewed the episode positively, calling it a "fantastic episode."[1]

Trivia Edit

  • The Orville Season 2 Gag Reel

    The Orville Season 2 Gag Reel

    A composite video with outtakes from this, and other, Season 2 episodes.

    Outtakes and bloopers from this episode were compiled by the show's editors for the Season 2 wrap party and were published by the Planetary Union Network.[25]
  • Along with Identity, Pt. 2, this episode was the original finale of Season 1. It was moved to Season 2 when the writers decided more character development would be necessary.[6]
  • Olix, played by Jason Alexander, can be spotted at Isaac's goodbye party.
  • Gordon sings "Goodbye" by the band Air Supply to Isaac.
  • The end of Isaac's farewell speech is from actress Sally Field's 1984 Oscar speech with some changes.[26]
Sally Field's Oscar speech Isaac's farewell speech
I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me! I wanted more than anything to have your respect, and I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me.
  • Actor Mark Jackson (Isaac) was so thrilled with Isaac's character arc over the season, and especially in Identity, Pts. 1 and 2, that after filming concluded on October 15, 2018,[27] he wrote a personal e-mail to the writing staff thanking them.[28]
  • Bolodon discs, the game the boys and Isaac play at the start of the episode, was a humorous nod to "3D Chess" from the Star Trek franchise.[13]
    • There were no formal rules for the game, but a general sense of how the crew wanted the game to look. "Although... I'm sure some fan could do that for us," Cassar jokingly suggested.[13]
  • Ty drawing

    Ty's happy family drawing.

    Actor Kai Wener (Ty Finn) actually drew the picture that Ty gave to Isaac.[29]
  • Jackson taught several classes to the 30 actors portraying Kaylons on how to walk and speak like Isaac.[13]
  • The most difficult aspect of filming was synchronizing the Kaylon's turn while they worked at the wall. "That was a big challenge," Cassar recalled. "We shot that many, many, many times to make sure they were completely in synch. There was no room for error."[13]
  • The grave tunnel was the same set as the cave in Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes.[13]
  • In the table read draft of this episode's script, a Kaylon character (performed by voice-over only) was present who was later removed.[14] It is unknown what this excised character said.
  • A Security Officer killed by the Kaylon is played by Johnny Alexander, actor Peter Macon's (Bortus) stunt double.[30]

References Edit

  • The Kaylon recall that Gordon stuck Mr. Potato Head pieces on Issac's head while Ed counters that Isaac cut Gordon's leg off soon after. Both incidents occurred in Pria.
  • Isaac lied in Pria when he said that his eyelights are merely aesthetic, as they are the barrels of his gun turrets.

Episode titles Edit

Title Language Translation
Kaylon, partie 1 French "Kaylon, part 1"
Identität (1) German "identity (1)"
Azonosság, 1. rész Hungarian "identity, part 1"
Identità, parte 1 Italian "identity, part 1"
ケイロン星 前編 (Keiron-boshi Zenpen) Japanese "Kaylon star, part 1"
Идентичность, часть первая Russian "identity, part 1"
Identidad, primera parte Spanish "identity, first part"
Особистість Ukranian "personality"

Mistakes Edit

Isaac mistake Identity Part 1

Note that a plastic blue lens has slipped off Isaac's shoulder light.

  • When Isaac and Claire tell Ty and Marcus that they are dating, a blue lens on Isaac's shoulder light slips off.
  • Actor Norm Macdonald is listed in the episode credits as playing Yaphit, but the gelatinous Engineer does not appear.

Cast Edit

Names and titles are as they appear in the credits unless otherwise noted. Actor Norm Macdonald is listed in the episode credits as playing Yaphit, but the gelatinous Engineer does not appear.

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Uncredited recurring cast Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wanserski, Nick. "The Orville takes Isaac home in a fantastic episode". AV Club. Feb. 22, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rojas, Alejandro. "The Orville Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Identity Part I". Den of Geek. Feb. 23, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Episode List. IMDB. Last accessed Feb. 25, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Orville:Season Two Ratings. TV Series Finale. Last accessed March 13, 2019.
  5. @SethMacFarlane. "It was always locked and loaded, yessir. Surprise!". Twitter. Feb. 21, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Trekyards. Mark Jackson Isaac Orville Interview (Issac/Identity PT 1+2) (2019). YouTube. March 9, 2019.
  7. Alvarez, Chris. "Sci-fi television - The World of The Orville - Jeff Bond interview - AAD 88". YouTube. Dec. 20, 2018.
  8. @SethMacFarlane. "This Thursday, @joncassar @BrannonBraga and Andre Bormanis take you on a sci-fi voyage like no other—Something big is gonna go down.  #TheOrville 9/8c on Fox". Twitter. Feb. 19, 2019.
  9. @joncassar. "I can confirm, it’s about to get real, because I directed the next two. Those episodes change everything.". Twitter. Feb. 15, 2019.
  10. Dilip, Mangala. "'The Orville' star Mark Jackson wishes to check-off Star Wars next; Is Jon Favreau listening?". Maww. Dec. 5, 2018.
  11. "Brannon Braga & The Orville Cast Full interview 2017 Panel NYC convention". NYC ComicCon. Nov. 20, 2017.
  12. @SethMacFarlane. "Thanks for watching #TheOrville last night!  For those of you who’ve stuck with the series from the start, get ready for next week. Shit’s about to get big.". Twitter. Feb. 15, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 "The Orville Official Fan Podcast w/ Kai Wener and Jon Cassar (32)". Planetary Union Network. Feb. 23, 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 @TheMammone. "Time flies.... @TheOrville table read for Identity Pt. 1&2 so much fun. @ScottGrimes sang and slayed the room.". Twitter. June 18, 2019.
  15. Director Jon Cassar gave this number in "The Orville Official Fan Podcast w/ Kai Wener and Jon Cassar (32)", Planetary Union Network (Feb. 23, 2019). However, he later reported the number of actors as 40. Sun - Main Stage | NYCC 2019 | SYFY WIRE. SyFy Wire. Oct. 6, 2019.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sun - Main Stage | NYCC 2019 | SYFY WIRE. SyFy Wire. Oct. 6, 2019.
  17. "The Orville Official Fan Podcast w/ Kai Wener and Jon Cassar (32)". Planetary Union Network. Feb. 23, 2019.
  18. @TomCostantino. "Hey @scifi_source here’s your answer. Although after the first day the tracker wasn’t necessary.  Photo and info via @megamanex @TheOrville #TheOrville @planetary_union @SethMacFarlane". Twitter. Feb. 22, 2019.
  19. Eun, Changsoo. "The Orville: FuseFX talks custom 3ds Max pipeline". The 3DS Max Blog. May 2, 2019.
  20. Seymour, Mike. "The Orville’s Battle of Identity at FuseFX". fxguide. March 4, 2019.
  21. Seymour, Mike. "The VFX of The Orville- Season 2". fxguide. May 3, 2019.
  22. @TomCostantino. "Cut for time but not for fun. 🙂@SethMacFarlane @mikehenrybro #TheOrville". Twitter. Feb. 21, 2019.
  23. "Mindscape 58 | Seth MacFarlane on Using Science Fiction to Explore Humanity". Sean Carroll. Aug. 5, 2019.
  24. Epsicokhan, Jamal. "Identity, Part I". Jammer's Reviews. Last accessed May 10, 2019.
  25. THE ORVILLE SEASON 2 GAG REEL. Planetary Union Network. April 30, 2019.
  26. Sally Field. Wikiquote. Last accessed Feb. 22, 2019.
  27. @joncassar. On the Fox backlot setting up the first shot of our last shooting day of season 2 on #TheOrville. Instagram. Oct. 15, 2018.
  28. Austin, Nicola. "Interview: Mark Jackson on The Orville Season 2". We Have a Hulk. Jan. 10, 2019.
  29. /u/LoganBlade14. "Kai Wener drew the picture he gave to Isaac.". Reddit. Feb. 22, 2019.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Johnny Alexander 2019 Stunt Reel. Phoenix Rising Films. May 30, 2019.
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