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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Using an astrological sign to determine the future of a child with some seemingly destined for success over others mirrors a Chinese tradition of using the Zodiac. Children born in more desirable years such as the Horse or Dragon are seen as potential future leaders, and many parents do prematurely induce birth or have C-sections just like the Regorians to avoid their child being born in an undesirable year such as the Year of the Goat/Sheep


** It wouldn't take advanced technology to discover the new "star" was a fake. The solar sail is deployed in close proximity to the planet, so the planet's orbit alone would cause it to appear in different positions in the night sky over the year, and even during the same night different telescopes would show it in different positions compared to the background stars, and thus far, far closer than the ruse is meant to suggest.

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** It wouldn't take advanced technology to discover the new "star" was a fake. The solar sail is deployed in close proximity to the planet, so the planet's orbit alone would cause it to appear in different positions in the night sky over the year, and even during the same night different telescopes would show it in different positions compared to the background stars, and thus far, far closer than the ruse is meant to suggest. (It really only ''needed'' to work long enough to confuse the Regorians into releasing Kelly and Bortus, but the protagonists think it will work a lot longer.)


* EasilyForgiven: Rokal reveals the existence of his and Ukania's daughter because he believes she'd have a better life raised away from her Gilliac parents. Ukania, who believes keeping her child is a better option, is devastated when she's taken, but Rokal makes no move to comfort her. When Kelly gives an update on them at the end of the episode, she pointedly only refers to Ukania and her daughter, implying that Ukania kicked Rokal to the curb for his actions.


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* ThisIsUnforgivable: Implied. Rokal reveals the existence of his and Ukania's daughter because he believes she'd have a better life raised away from her Gilliac parents. Ukania, who believes keeping her child is a better option, is devastated when she's taken, but Rokal makes no move to comfort her. When Kelly gives an update on them at the end of the episode, she pointedly only refers to Ukania and her daughter, implying that Ukania kicked Rokal to the curb for his actions.

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* DudeNotFunny: Klyden & Topa are amused by Gordon's video of an animated Bortus & Kelly dancing. Needless to say, Bortus isn't.


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* EasilyForgiven: Rokal reveals the existence of his and Ukania's daughter because he believes she'd have a better life raised away from her Gilliac parents. Ukania, who believes keeping her child is a better option, is devastated when she's taken, but Rokal makes no move to comfort her. When Kelly gives an update on them at the end of the episode, she pointedly only refers to Ukania and her daughter, implying that Ukania kicked Rokal to the curb for his actions.


* NumberedHomeworld: For some reason the species the ''Orville'' makes first contact with call their own world Regor ''II''.

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* NumberedHomeworld: For some reason the species The natives the ''Orville'' makes first contact with call their own ''own'' world Regor ''II''.''II''. Given the significance they place on astrology, this perhaps isn't so surprising.


** Compared to the Federation in ''Star Trek'', the Union initiates first contact earlier in a planet's development, as Ed explains to the Regorians. Instead of waiting for a culture to develop independent FTL travel, the Union merely requires either local spaceflight, or for the planet to reach out directly--in this case, the Regorians set up a CETI-like radio transmitter to broadcast the simple message, "Is anyone out there?" The whole ''Orville'' crew is positively giddy to be the first to answer the message. Per Ed, this is partly due to the Planetary Union being a little more realistic than the UFP about the number of unfriendly spacefaring cultures in their part of the galaxy (the Krill and Chak'tal have already been introduced, [[spoiler:the Kaylon are shortly to be]]).

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** Compared to the Federation in ''Star Trek'', the Union initiates first contact earlier in a planet's development, as Ed explains to the Regorians. Instead of waiting for a culture to develop independent FTL travel, the Union merely requires either local spaceflight, or for the planet to reach out directly--in this case, the Regorians set up a CETI-like radio transmitter to broadcast the simple message, "Is anyone out there?" The whole ''Orville'' crew is positively giddy to be the first to answer the message. Per Ed, this is partly due to the Planetary Union being a little more realistic than the UFP about the number of unfriendly spacefaring cultures in their part of the galaxy (the Krill and Chak'tal have already been introduced, [[spoiler:the Kaylon are shortly to be]]).galaxy.


** The unjustified part? Finn, the ''Orville'''s chief medical officer, should have known better than to enter an active operating room without scrubbing or donning PPE.

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** The unjustified part? Finn, the ''Orville'''s chief medical officer, should have known better than to enter an active operating room without scrubbing or donning PPE.PPE, especially in a society whose technology is obviously less advanced than her own.



* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of years for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.[[note]]Possibly justified as the dialogue is vague enough to interpret as "the light from the star's collapse into a black hole would have first arrived at this planet 3000 years ago"[[/note]]

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of years for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.[[note]]Possibly justified as the dialogue is vague enough to interpret as "the light from the star's collapse into a black hole would have first arrived at this planet 3000 years ago"[[/note]]ago".[[/note]]

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* MeaningfulName: The date-obsessed Regorians appear to have been named in reference to the Gregorian calendar.


* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of years for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of years for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.[[note]]Possibly justified as the dialogue is vague enough to interpret as "the light from the star's collapse into a black hole would have first arrived at this planet 3000 years ago"[[/note]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: On Regor II, "Giliacs" are confined to concentration camps based on a superstition that they're predisposed to violence. Bortus and Kelly are both trained soldiers--and Bortus is from a species whose Hat is basically toxic masculinity--so imprisoning them for being Giliacs inevitably leads to violence when they refuse to meekly accept their detention.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: For both sides. The ''Orville'' crew is obviously confused by the Regorians' reliance on astrology and poor treatment of those born under the wrong sign, while the Regorians are equally confused and offended that the Union ''doesn't'' use the same system.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: For both sides. The ''Orville'' crew is obviously confused by the Regorians' reliance on astrology and poor treatment of those born under the wrong sign, while the Regorians are equally confused and offended (as well as offended) that the Union ''doesn't'' use the same system.


* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of year for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The prejudice against an specific astrological sign was the result of a star in that constellation being swallowed by a black hole, around 3,000 years prior, and the Regorians witnessing the event. This doesn't take into consideration the interstellar distances and the time it would take for the light of the star to travel to Regor II. It would take hundreds if not thousands of year years for the Regorians to notice the star had gone dark, and the dates of the star's destruction and the Regorians cultural change would not match.


* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Union structures theirs slightly different from ''Franchise/StarTrek's'' prime directive. The Union initiates contact as soon as a civilization attempts to contact with extraterrestrial life, because the galaxy isn't empty and less scrupulous species might take advantage of a developing world.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Union structures theirs slightly different from ''Franchise/StarTrek's'' prime directive. The Union initiates contact as soon as a civilization attempts to contact with extraterrestrial life, because the galaxy isn't empty and less scrupulous species might take advantage of a developing world.


** The {{justified}} part is that the C-section is completely unnecessary, and yet the Regorians are performing a lot of them. The Regorians turn out to be delivering babies weeks ahead of schedule on purpose, due to a superstition that children born under a specific astrological sign are predisposed to violence.

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** The {{justified}} part is that the C-section is completely unnecessary, and yet the Regorians are performing a lot of them. The Regorians turn out to be delivering babies weeks ahead of schedule on purpose, due to a societal superstition that children born under a specific astrological sign are predisposed to violence.

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