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* EvilVsEvil: It's mentioned that the Kaylon and the Krill are evenly matched.

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* EvilVsEvil: It's mentioned that the Kaylon and the Krill are evenly matched.pretty much deadlocked.

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* EvilVsEvil: It's mentioned that the Kaylon and the Krill are evenly matched.


* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kelly herself lampshades how she failed to take into account the far-reaching effects on everyone that would occur without her and Ed ever being married. Ed even reminded her she took classes in quantum physics about this sort of hypothesis.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kelly herself lampshades how she failed to take into account the far-reaching effects on everyone that would occur without her and Ed ever being married. Ed even reminded her she took classes courses in quantum physics Temporal Law about this sort of hypothesis.


* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kelly herself lampshades how she failed to take into account the far-reaching effects on everyone that would occur without her and Ed ever being married.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kelly herself lampshades how she failed to take into account the far-reaching effects on everyone that would occur without her and Ed ever being married. Ed even reminded her she took classes in quantum physics about this sort of hypothesis.


* TheDeterminator: Bortus has managed to stay alive for several months on an ''Orville'' that's been stuck on the ''bottom of the ocean'', subsisting on combat rations.

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* TheDeterminator: Bortus has managed to stay alive for several months on an ''Orville'' that's been stuck on the ''bottom of the ocean'', subsisting on combat rations.rations and the hope that he'll get to see his family again.

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** Alternate Claire states that she always likes to be posted where she's needed. In the premiere episode, Claire stated that she always requests her transfers based on where she thinks she's needed.


* ResetButtonSuicideMission: The whole idea behind the crew's plan. If they can send Claire back to do a more through mind wipe of Young!Kelly, then this BadFuture won't come about. And they ''know'' it's a suicide mission no matter what because their only method to do so leaves them sitting ducks with a "shoot here" beacon for the Kaylon.

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* ResetButtonSuicideMission: The whole idea behind the crew's plan. If they can send Claire back to do a more through thorough mind wipe of Young!Kelly, Young Kelly, then this BadFuture won't come about. And they ''know'' it's a suicide mission no matter what because their only method to do so leaves them sitting ducks with a "shoot here" beacon for the Kaylon.

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** The Resistance outpost looks like a cross of the Yavin base in ''Film/StarWars'' and the Endor base in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''
** Continuing the Star Wars references, the banged up, blaster scorched, barely lit ''Orville'' at the bottom of the ocean creaking ominously under the water pressure brings to mind the [[VideoGame/KnightsOftheOldRepublic Hrakert Rift Research Station]].

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* ResetButtonSuicideMission: The whole idea behind the crew's plan. If they can send Claire back to do a more through mind wipe of Young!Kelly, then this BadFuture won't come about. And they ''know'' it's a suicide mission no matter what because their only method to do so leaves them sitting ducks with a "shoot here" beacon for the Kaylon.


In an alternate future where the Kaylon succeeded, the scattered crew of the Orville come together to set the timeline right.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The BadFuture episode to end them all.\\
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And by "them," we mean "all life on Earth."]]
In an alternate future where the Kaylon succeeded, succeeded in decimating the galaxy, the scattered crew of the Orville come together to set the timeline right.

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* GoodNewsBadNews: John has a plan to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by accessing the Kaylon network to download Isaac's data and complete his calculations on the temporal device. That's the good news. The bad news is that Isaac acts as a homing beacon for the Kaylons to pinpoint the Orville's exact location, ''and'' they have to shut down the quantum drive to activate it.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kelly herself lampshades how she failed to take into account the far-reaching effects on everyone that would occur without her and Ed ever being married.

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* ResistanceIsFutile: When John taps into the Kaylon network to download Isaac's consciousness into a defunct Kaylon shell, Isaac gloats about his superior intelligence and tells him to just give up and die.

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* LaResistance: The Kaylon believes that it doesn't exist anymore. That's exactly what they wanted them to think.


** Alternate Alara mentions that she's been taking gravity treatments to keep her strength, which was introduced in "Home".



* NotSoAboveItAll: Mercer criticizes Gordon for using the replicator to make a Twinkie, until Gordon offers him half and he happily accepts.



* ShoutOut: Flying into an AsteroidThicket to escape enemy fighters? [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Where have we seen this before?]]

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Flying into an AsteroidThicket to escape enemy fighters? [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Where have we seen this before?]]before?]]
** At the resistance base, Yaphit opens a small hole in the door and pokes his mouth out on a stalk. This mimics the eyestalk droid security system seen in several ''Star Wars'' media, starting with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.



* WhatTheHellHero: Ed calls Kelly out for deciding on her own to change history by not dating him, even citing the Temporal Law course at the Union Academy on not messing with the timeline. Kelly is forced to take it, knowing he's right.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Ed calls Kelly out for deciding on her own to change history by not dating him, even citing the Temporal Law course at the Union Academy on not messing with the timeline. Kelly is forced to take it, knowing he's right.

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