Ed, you were all going to die anyway. Now you'll have a second chance to live in a future full of wonders you can't even imagine. I'd still like to see where you and I could go.— Pria Lavesque to Ed Mercer
Pria Lavesque is a Human antique collector from the 29th century who traveled to the year 2419 through a stable wormhole in order to capture the USS Orville and sell it at a high value in the 29th century.
Early life[edit | edit source]
As an adult, Pria is a time-travelling thief of antiquities for wealthy buyers. Stable wormholes are discovered that tunnel through time, not space, which enable her to journey back to earlier centuries and steal priceless artifacts. Pria even steals the Electra, with famed woman aviator Amelia Earhart in it. She steals only crafts that would have been destroyed anyway, thus preserving the timeline from alteration.
Theft of the Orville[edit | edit source]
Around November or December 2419, the Orville responds to a distress call from a Vega Mining Consortium mining ship Horizon, trapped in the gravitational pull of a star. Captain Ed Mercer sends a shuttle to rescue its pilot, Lavesque. In fact, Pria had carefully fabricated the dangerous situation to ingratiate herself with the crew and take over the ship.
Safely aboard the Orville, Pria joins the crew for a drink and flirts with Mercer. Ed gives her a tour of the ship, including Engineering. Suspicious of Lavesque's motives, First Officer Kelly Grayson and Chief of Security Alara Kitan illegally search her quarters, finding a metallic box hidden under her mattress that cannot be analyzed by the Orville's scanners.
Taking over[edit | edit source]
Later, the Orville is rocked by enormous ripples of a dark-matter storm. Pria convinces Ed to let her guide the Orville to safety, which she secretly accomplishes through the aide of advanced 29th-century technology worn on her wrist. The Orville's communications array was knocked offline in the storm, Ed sets the ship towards a Consortium outpost.
Waiting for the ship to arrive, Pria spends time with Ed in the environmental simulator and sleeps with him. Pria secretly returns to Engineering, where she is able to install the metallic device from her matress and take over the ship's navigational array.
The ship arrives at its coordinates, only to discover the destination is not a Consortium outpost but a stable wormhole exiting to the 29th century. Meanwhile, engineers discover the box implanted in their computer network. Pria reveals herself to be a time-travelling antique collector: she commandeered the Orville in order to sell the ship to alien collectors from the future.
Using the device worn on her wrist, Pria pilots the Orville through the wormhole and contacts her potential buyers. However, Kelly is able to restrain Pria while Helmsman Gordon Malloy guides the ship back through the wormhole.
Non-existence[edit | edit source]
Her technology is confiscated and Ed confronts Pria directly. Ed informs her that the wormhole will be destroyed and Pria will be eliminated from existence by a permanently-altered timeline. Pria refuses to apologize and says Ed "will always be that messed-up guy who can't get over his ex-wife." Ed orders Second Officer Bortus to destroy the wormhole and Pria vanishes.
Production[edit | edit source]
Pria's wardrobe was designed and made by the head of the wardrobe department, Joseph Porro.
Pria's override device was built by property master Bryan Rodgers. Rodgers intentionally matched the device's lighting pattern to the lighting pattern of the M-5 computer from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Claims to have grown up in Andover, Massachusetts, near Ed Mercer's home town of Boxford, though that may be a fabrication designed to manipulate Ed.
- She is a vegetarian.
- Her temporary quarters aboard the USS Orville was on Deck C, Unit 6.
- The Benzian trader calls Pria "Zars Lavesque." It is unknown if this is a title akin to "Ms." or "Captain," or simply her real name.
- She understands the Benzian language.