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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is the thirteenth episode of the second season of The Orville. A time distortion brings someone from the past to the present who upends the lives of Captain Ed Mercer and First Officer Kelly Grayson.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow was written by co-executive producer Janet Lin, directed by Gary Rake, and scored by John Debney. It is the first episode not to feature the standard opening credits and theme music by Bruce Broughton, which were removed due to time constraints.[1]

The title of the episode probably[2] derives from a play by William Shakespeare in which the titular Macbeth soliloquies:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
The episode was warmly received by general audiences and professional critics alike, noting in particular actress Adrianne Palicki's "superb"[4] and "nuanced"[5] performance juggling both younger and older Kelly Grayson. Palicki later said that the episode was the hardest acting experience of her life.[6]

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow currently holds a rating of 8.4 on IMDB.[7] The episode is part of Season 2's noteworthy second half, where every episode after Deflectors boasts a score of eight or higher. Roughly 2.71 million viewers watched the episode live.[8]

Trailer Edit

Fox aired a 20-second trailer for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow immediately after the premiere of Sanctuary.

The Orville "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow"

The Orville "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow"

Plot SynopsisEdit

Act 1Edit

Ed, Kelly, Helmsman Gordon Malloy, and Chief of Security Talla Keyali enjoy drinks in the USS Orville's Mess Hall, recounting Mercer and Grayson's drinking habits, and Mercer's drunken encounter with the novelist Philippa Jones at Admiral Halsey's house. After exchanging jokes, Malloy and Keyali retire for the night. Now alone, Mercer tells Grayson that he misses their old days as a couple. Mercer suggest re-kindling their relationship, but Grayson has not changed her mind that a relationship between a captain and first officer would be inappropriate.

In a Science Lab, Chief Engineer John LaMarr praises Isaac for his groundbreaking research on time travel, which Isaac credits to Doctor Aronov. Kelly enters, and directs John to Engineering for his monthly dysonium field analysis.

Suddenly, the Orville is gripped by a huge shock wave. The ship passed through a massive gravitational wave possibly caused by a neutron star collision. Isaac is about to head to Engineering to assist in a structural damage report when a different version of Kelly Grayson appears.

Act 2 Edit

Isaac recognizes the woman as a younger version of Kelly. She is perplexed, and says that she was just in her apartment and wonders if she is in a simulation. Isaac contacts the Bridge to report an intruder.

In Sick Bay, Doctor Claire Finn examines the woman, who recalls only that she was drinking coffee at her apartment on Earth. According to Claire, the woman is genetically identical to Kelly except seven years younger.

Act 3 Edit

Isaac and Chief LaMarr speculate that the gravitational wave that they encountered amplified the temporal field generated by Aronov's quantum accelerator. At the time of the shockwave, Kelly was closest to the accelerator and was thinking about her first date with Ed seven years prior. Isaac explains that even among the Kaylon, the effect of a conscious observer on quantum physics is not fully understood.

The elder Kelly and Ed mutually agree to tell the younger Kelly about their relationship, marriage, affair, and divorce. Old Kelly gives her access to her personal logs to apprise herself of the last seven years.

Talla escorts young Kelly to guest quarters, and offers to be someone she can talk to.

The Bridge crew debates the possibility of time travel, alternate universes, and causality, when John interrupts with bad news: At the moment, there is no way to send young Kelly back.

Act 4 Edit

Young Kelly is devastated by John's news, and Ed and old Kelly are unable to console her. As young Kelly was (and remains) an officer, Ed offers to help her find a job in the Planetary Union. She asks to be left alone in her unit.

Talla pays young Kelly a visit, both to be a friend and to get her a new lieutenant's uniform.

Newly outfitted in her uniform, Lieutenant Grayson tells a funny but ribald story to John and Gordon. Commander Grayson overhears them and asks her not to share memories with her subordinates that might compromise her authority. When Lieutenant Grayson chafes at not being able to have fun, Commander Grayson suggests they treat each other like twin sisters.

Lieutenant Grayson asks her older self if her relationship with Ed is truly over. The older Grayson confirms it is. Lieutenant Grayson then says she will request a post aboard the Orville, which Commander Grayson slowly approves.

Gordon and Ed are playing a video game in Ed's quarters when the younger Kelly enters. Gordon leaves, and Kelly asks Ed for a second date. Ed visits Commander Grayson for her blessing to date Lieutenant Grayson or to renew their relationship. She is adamant not to date Ed and reluctantly approves of him dating her.

Ed and young Kelly go for dinner at Mooska's. He tells her about Isaac, conflict with the Kaylon, and their first date seven years ago. After, a drunken Ed and Kelly trudge through the corridor and share a passionate kiss before parting.

Act 5Edit

The younger Grayson drinks some coffee in the morning. Commander Grayson visits her quarters to express her concerns about her relationship with Mercer. She wants Lieutenant Grayson not to pursue a relationship with the older Mercer to prevent the painful divorce. Lieutenant Grayson takes offense and tells Commander Grayson that she is making her future a disappointment.

On the Bridge, Bortus reports that sensors have picked up two Kaylon Spheres. Ed orders Gordon to take them into quantum and to maintain course until they are out of scanning range.

Ed and Gordon chat in the Mess Hall. Gordon thinks Ed dating Lieutenant Grayson it is a bad idea because he saw the hurt that it caused Mercer the first time. Lieutenant Grayson approaches to tell Ed that she got the engineers to program a simulation of one of favorite memories, and invites Gordon, Bortus, Klyden, and Talla.

The memory turns out to be a noisy night club. Gordon and Ed sit uncomfortably while their friends party, watching Bortus and Klyden dance aggressively with each other. "Is this what you want?" Gordon asks Ed.

Act 6 Edit

Over drinks, Commander Grayson confides in Doctor Claire Finn of her unease about her past life "thrown in her face." Kelly asks if the younger Grayson was right that she is a disappointment. Claire reassures her that she has done great things as a commander, but Kelly is disappointed in her broken marriage. Claire advises her friend to reassess what she really wants in life.

Meanwhile Lieutenant Grayson tries to surprise Captain Mercer with a new dress - one his ex-wife had surprised him with before. The two embrace and kiss, but Ed says he still has feelings for his former wife. Just then, Bortus issues a message that the two Kaylon spheres have caught up with them.

On the Bridge, Bortus reports they have seven minutes before the spheres intercept. Lieutenant Grayson proposes hiding in the Jovian rings of the Vendek 2 five light years away, which are made of ice.

The Orville latches onto an ice asteroid and turns on its hoses, creating a jetty of water to create a film of ice. The ship powers down as the two Kaylon ships pass. As the spheres leave, Ed orders the Orville to remain powered down until 0600 hours.

Act 7 Edit

Lieutenant Grayson apologizes to her older self, and Commander Grayson thanks for saving them. For the first time, the two recognize and respect each other. Chief Engineer John LaMarr enters with news that younger Kelly could be returned.

In the Briefing Room, Isaac LaMarr explain that they could induce the quantum accelerator, which will use an enormous sum of energy from the quantum drive. Claire says that she will wipe Lieutenant Grayson's memory. The young Kelly smiles, knowing that because the older Kelly cannot remember this incident, it is because their plan will work.

In the Science Lab, Lieutenant Grayson bids farewell. Ed apologizes for "the absence and neglect" over the next five years in their lives. Claire puts Kelly to sleep and the Orville officers begin their plan.

Kelly's memory is wiped, but the graviton emitters demands more power than the engines can produce. Engineering feeds even more energy from the engines, but Talla reports that all departments are report overloads and Bortus reports the hull is taking damage. Mercer orders them to shut it down just as Lieutenant Kelly returns to her timeline.

Young Kelly finds herself lying on the floor of her apartment and looks out the window at the skyline below. She receives a call from a younger Ed who tells her he had a really great time out last night. He asks if he can take her out again.

"I just, um I just don't see us working out. I'm sorry."

Production Edit

Writing Edit

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow was written by Janet Lin, who took on one of the most difficult writing projects of The Orville so far. The episode marked a renewed focus on the relationship between Ed and Kelly: creator Seth MacFarlane had wanted the relationship only to play a part in Season 2 but not constitute the season's central narrative,[9] so Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow marked a return to Season 1's themes.

According to science consultant André Bormanis, the writing staff had been interested in using time travel to serve as a vehicle for a story for some time, but they realized almost every possible time-travel story had been written. "It's hard to find a really good original time travel story," he reflected. "You have to find a new approach to it that hasn't been done on other science fiction shows, and that's pretty much an impossible task at this point."[10] Executive producer David A. Goodman, who wrote the subsequent episode, later said the writing staff concluded that having Ed date a younger version of his ex-wife would be a "fresh" take on time travel.[11]

Originally, this episode was to be a self-contained story in the middle of Season 2 that would "reset" when young Kelly returned, until someone in the writing staff suggested that she returned, she would turn young Ed down. When Goodman pitched The Road Not Taken as its sequel, the writing team moved the pair of episodes to the end of the season.[11]

Filming Edit

Actress Adrianne Palicki (Kelly) said this episode and The Road Not Taken, taken together, "were the hardest acting experiences of [her] life."[12] Actress Michele Boyd played Kelly's body-double on camera.[6] Hair and make-up teams stood by as Palicki acted as one character, then dress her as the alternate character and re-shoot the scene.[13]

Palicki later said of the experience:

I had to change back-and-forth per shot into two different characters, so I had to know the entire script by heart. ... There was so much to that that was challenging, and that's what makes me better, that's what makes me strive.[14]
Palicki gave the junior Kelly a higher voice and a different gait.[13]

Preparing to air Edit

The first explicit reference to this episode came in December 23, 2018, when actor Scott Grimes (Gordon) confirmed there would be a two-part episode "reminiscent of time-travel that will blow your mind ... where maybe everyone hasn't met everyone yet.[15]"

The episode's title was announced on January 25, 2019.[16]

Reception Edit

Viewership Edit

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow received a strongly positive response from general audiences. It currently holds a rating of 8.4 on IMDB.[7] The episode was watched by 2.71 million viewers live. While that represented an increase of five percent over the previous week, it was the second-lowest figure in the show's history.[8]

Critical response Edit

Critics gave Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow an overall positive response. "The latest episode of The Orville demonstrates why I like the series so much," wrote Alejandro Rojas of Den of Geek. "It takes a typical science fiction trope and skillfully uses it to craft something meaningful for us to think about, in a way that is thoughtful, humorous, and relatable."[4]

Some critics found the episode to be an average story marked by a Adrianne Palicki's "nuanced" performance.[5] Nick Wanserski of AV Club said the episode mixed "thoughtful, well-considered character moments" with "egregious emotional manipulation," with an "intriguing" plot twist finish.[17]

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.

    Originally, this episode was to be a self-contained story that would "reset" when young Kelly returned, until someone in the writing staff suggested that she returned, she would turn young Ed down. Executive producer David A. Goodman tinkered with the idea until the plot for The Road Not Taken was hatched.[11]
  • 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.[18]
  • Palicki says that this episode was her favorite of Season 2 "because it was such a challenge."[12]
  • Palicki requested a body double to appear as the "other" Kelly in scenes. Actress Michele Boyd was requested after her performance as Lieutenant Dorsett in Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes.[6]
    • Palicki sent Boyd a thank-you card after filming, which can be read on Boyd's Instagram.[6]
  • Young Kelly's line, "You've made my future a disappointment," was added by Seth MacFarlane.[19]
  • The album Escape by Journey hangs on the wall of young Kelly's apartment.

Timeline Edit

  • Ed and Kelly's first date took place seven years ago; as the series is now dated to 2421, this would have occured in 2414.
    • Seeing off the past Kelly, Ed apologises for the next five years; Kelly's infidelity and her subsequent divorce from Ed took place in 2418. Evidently, the five years end with Old Wounds, when Kelly joins Ed aboard the Orville in September 2419. This would place the episode in late 2421, which is consistent with the earlier reference to Topa's (born October 2419) upcoming birthday, presumably his 2nd, in Lasting Impressions.
  • In The Road Not Taken, the alternate Kelly recalls that the future she witnessed in this episode would have occured six months prior to the alternate timeline seen in the following episode.
    • The events of The Road Not Taken take place just less than nine months following an alternate Battle of Earth, which may not have necessarily taken place at precisely the same time as originally seen in Identity, Pt. 2.

References Edit

Mistakes Edit

  • As Kelly enjoys an exotic drink with distinct layers of colors with Claire, the topmost blue layer comes back after Kelly drinks it.

 Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Uncredited recurring cast Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. @TomCostantino. "Thank you @spool_the !!! … and don’t worry about the main title,  we just temporarily needed extra time for the show.  ⏱🧭⏰⏲@SethMacFarlane @TheOrville #TheOrville". Twitter. April 18, 2019.
  2. Alternatively, the title may come from a short science-fiction story by Kurt Vonnegut of the same name where the aging process of Humans is halted.
  3. Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. West 31. 1623.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rojas, Alejandro. "The Orville Season 2 Episode 13 Review: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow". Den of Geek. April 19, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Epsicokhan, Jamal. "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow". Jammer's Reviews. Last accessed Sept. 6, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 @micheleboyd. "Ray, when someone asks if you want to be an acting double for @palicki.adrianne on a spaceship, you say YES! 🚀🙋🏼‍♀️🚀 #TheOrville. . . (swipe for moar photos!) This was both incredibly challenging and incredibly fun. Adrianne has to play two characters the entire episode, and wanted an actor to play opposite her. After my appearance as Lt Dorsett earlier in the season, they asked if I would take it on. Of course I said yes. 😁 It wasn’t easy; I learned all the same dialogue for both parts just like a regular acting job and was interacting with the cast on set anytime both characters appeared together. Adrianne herself carries that episode incredibly well and I was blown away at how dedicated and professional she is on set. The technology made it look flawless on camera and I’m so glad I got to experience it first hand. 💖💖💖. . . #orville #theorville #theorvillefox #startrek #moredorsett #ltdorsett #dorsett #scifi #scifishow #scifitv #micheleboyd #actorlife #setlife #tvshow #actor #actress #acting #losangeles #entertainment". Instagram. April 19, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Episode List. IMDB. Last accessed Sept. 6, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Orville:Season Two Ratings. TV Series Finale. Last accessed May 14, 2019.
  9. CineMovie. "Seth MacFarlane Talks The Orville & Ed and Kelly's Future Romance". YouTube. Aug. 1, 2018.
  10. Oullette, Jennifer. "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix". Ars Technica. Dec. 29, 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Pascale, Anthony. "Interview: David A. Goodman On How ‘The Orville’ Wrapped Up Season Two And Where It Could Go Next". TrekMovie. May 3, 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Mitovich, Matt Webb. "The Orville's Adrianne Palicki Teases One of Her Greatest Challenges, Shares S.H.I.E.L.D. Encore Wish". TVLine. Jan. 2, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 SDCC 2019 The Orville panel. Channel control. July 29, 2019.
  14. "Adrianne Palicki Talks With GYGO". Get Your Own Geek. May 3, 2019.
  15. "#253: Scott Grimes from The Orville and American Dad". Comic Book Central. Dec. 23, 2018.
  16. The Orville. Fox Sweden. Last accessed Jan. 25, 2019.
  17. Wanserski, Nick. "An erratic The Orville proves poor decisions aren't just for the young". AV Club. April 19, 2019.
  18. THE ORVILLE SEASON 2 GAG REEL. Planetary Union Network. April 30, 2019.
  19. /u/Bankster-. "I know ppl from the show read this, can you tell me who wrote the following line:". Reddit. May 7, 2019.
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