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* CharacterDevelopment: For [=LaMarr=]. Up until this point, he was just Gordon's BlackBestFriend who fooled around a lot on the job. Turns out he has a reason [[IJustWantToBeNormal for being so unassuming.]]

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* CharacterDevelopment: For [=LaMarr=]. Up until this point, he was just Gordon's BlackBestFriend TokenBlackFriend who fooled around a lot on the job. Turns out he has a reason [[IJustWantToBeNormal for being so unassuming.]]


** [=LaMarr=] thinks he's totally unqualified to lead anyone, and grumbles such right after an excellent display of leadership, which Isaac clearly notices but doesn't comment on.

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** [=LaMarr=] thinks he's totally unqualified to lead anyone, and grumbles such right after an excellent display of leadership, which Isaac clearly notices but doesn't comment on. Yet Kelly has faith that he has it in him.

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** This episode is reminiscent to the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Parallax", where two officers are up for the job of Chief Engineer while relations between the two are less than amicable. Not to mention the part about the ship getting trapped in a NegativeSpaceWedgie.


* RealitySubtext: Yaphit may have a point about him not getting the promotion because of bias but that anger probably should've been directed at show runner Seth MacFarlane. If all other things are equal, it IS cheaper to film J. Lee than it is to render the CG Yaphit and add him in post (of course, putting J.Lee in some fanciful alien world would be more expensive than Yaphit walking around the hallway but that obviously is everything beside the characters being equal).

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* RealitySubtext: Yaphit may have a point about him not getting the promotion because of bias but that anger probably should've been directed at show runner [[Creator/SethMacfarlane Seth MacFarlane.MacFarlane]]. If all other things are equal, it IS cheaper to film J. Lee than it is to render the CG Yaphit and add him in post (of course, putting J.Lee in some fanciful alien world would be more expensive than Yaphit walking around the hallway but that obviously is everything beside the characters being equal).

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[[caption-width-right:350:Our first glimpse at John [=LaMarr=] in a high pressure situation. See; he's doing great!]]

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* RealitySubtext: Yaphit may have a point about him not getting the promotion because of bias but that anger probably should've been directed at show runner Seth MacFarlane. If all other things are equal, it IS cheaper to film J. Lee than it is to render the CG Yaphit and add him in post (of course, putting J.Lee in some fanciful alien world would be more expensive than Yaphit walking around the hallway but that obviously is everything beside the characters being equal).

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* TwoDSpace: The anomaly that damages the ship's engines, and that the ship and its crew are forced to travel through to hide from the Krill ships.


* BiggerOnTheInside: The ship's engines are disabled partway through 2D space, so they have to use a shuttle to tow it to the nearest aperture into 3D space. Although the outside is flattened they devised another quantum bubble that keeps the inside in three dimensions. At one point Mercer even gives a ShoutOut to trope namer ''Series/DoctorWho'' while discussing this.

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* BiggerOnTheInside: The ship's engines are disabled partway through 2D space, so they have to use a shuttle to tow it to the nearest aperture into 3D space. Although the outside is flattened flattened, they devised another quantum bubble that keeps the inside in three dimensions. At one point Mercer even gives a ShoutOut to trope namer ''Series/DoctorWho'' while discussing this.



* HypocriticalHumor: [=LaMarr=] warns Mercer that the transition to 2-D space in the shuttle might be disorienting, only to vomit his guts out while Mercer doesn't feel a thing.

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* HypocriticalHumor: [=LaMarr=] warns Mercer that the transition to 2-D space in the shuttle might be disorienting, only to vomit his guts out while Mercer doesn't seem to feel a thing.



* {{Irony}}: It was Yaphit lodging an official complaint against [=LaMarr=] that was the cause for Grayson to look at his file, which resulted in her convincing Mercer to give him a chance to prove himself, which resulted in [=LaMarr=] getting the position of Chief Engineer that Yaphit would have otherwise moved in to.

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* {{Irony}}: It was Yaphit lodging an official complaint against [=LaMarr=] that was the cause for Grayson to look at his file, which resulted in her convincing Mercer to give him a chance to prove himself, which resulted in [=LaMarr=] getting the position of Chief Engineer that Yaphit would have otherwise moved in to.into.



* MeaningfulLook: After [=LaMarr=] deals with the engineering team's insulting of Yaphit he grumbles that maybe now people will believe he isn't suited to be in command. Isaac looks up from what he's doing and although he can't make expressions, he's clearly in disagreement.

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* MeaningfulLook: After [=LaMarr=] deals with the engineering team's insulting of Yaphit Yaphit, he grumbles that maybe now people will believe he isn't suited to be in command. Isaac looks up from what he's doing doing, and although he can't make facial expressions, he's clearly in disagreement.



** When discussing the BiggerOnTheInside example above it's likened to the TARDIS, Oscar's trash can, and Snoopy's doghouse.

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** When discussing the BiggerOnTheInside example above above, it's likened to the TARDIS, Oscar's trash can, and Snoopy's doghouse.

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* UngratefulBastard: Mercer [[HeelRealization says he was basically this]] to Grayson in the episode's denouement in light of the revelation that she pulled strings for him. Instead of being grateful, he was, in his words, a "whiny bitch".


* BiggerOnTheInside: The ships engines are disabled partway through 2D space, so they have to use a shuttle to tow it to the nearest aperture into 3D space. Although the outside is flattened they devised another quantum bubble that keeps the inside in three dimensions. At one point Mercer even gives a ShoutOut to trope namer ''Series/DoctorWho'' while discussing this.

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* BiggerOnTheInside: The ships ship's engines are disabled partway through 2D space, so they have to use a shuttle to tow it to the nearest aperture into 3D space. Although the outside is flattened they devised another quantum bubble that keeps the inside in three dimensions. At one point Mercer even gives a ShoutOut to trope namer ''Series/DoctorWho'' while discussing this.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Both for the ''Orville'' exploring a new dimensional realm and [=LaMarr=] revealing a new dimension of himself.

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* CallBack: When Yaphit goes to Sickbay, Claire grumbles that he's the last person she wanted to see. Guess she's still upset over [[Recap/TheOrvilleS1E09CupidsDagger what happened between them]].


* WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons: The basis of John's insecurity about showing off his true intelligence. He comes from a newer colony where most of the people are farmers and builders who looked down on the know-it-all kid that John originally was. So John pretends to be less intelligent than he really is in order to better fit in.

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* WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons: The basis of John's insecurity about showing off his true intelligence. He comes from a newer colony where most of the people are farmers and builders who looked down on the know-it-all kid that John originally was. So John [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretends to be less intelligent than he really is is]] in order to better fit in.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Yaphit reaching into Bortus' mouth to retrieve a piece of himself is reminiscent of tentacle porn. It could have been worse, though: Yaphit later indicates his piece was in Bortus' colon and he does give Bortus the option of using any orifice for the procedure before just going down his throat.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Yaphit reaching into Bortus' mouth to retrieve a piece of himself is reminiscent of tentacle porn. It could have been worse, though: Yaphit later indicates his piece was in Bortus' colon and he does give Bortus the option of using any orifice for the procedure before just going down his throat.


* TallPoppySyndrome: [=LaMarr=] explains that the colony where he crew up was mostly farmers and such who tended to resent those of intelligence, so he hid his gifts to be accepted and never stopped doing so even after he left.

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* TallPoppySyndrome: [=LaMarr=] explains that the colony where he crew grew up was mostly farmers and such who tended to resent those of intelligence, so he hid his gifts to be accepted and never stopped doing so even after he left.

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