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Recap / The Orville S1E08 "Into the Fold"

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In which Isaac, against all logic and reason, was trusted around children.
Isaac, Dr. Finn, and her children are trapped on an unknown world after their shuttle passes through a spacial fold.

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  • Action Mom: Claire Finn really earns her stripes here. She goes through hell escaping her prison, and tops it off by taking down her significantly larger captor in a vicious brawl.
  • Adult Fear: Finn being in a shuttle crash with her children is bad enough, but then she ends up separated from them for most of the episode, on the way learning just how dangerous the planet they are on is. This is somewhat mitigated by Isaac being with the kids, except that Finn might not have the highest confidence in Isaac's babysitting skills, given his lack of understanding of human culture.
  • After the End: The unknown world went through a war, during which the water was poisoned. In the present, most of the population are feral cannibals.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Alara gives the damage report.
    Alara: Multiple hull fractures, nine overloaded power conduits, and Ensign Davis spilled soy sauce on his pants.
    Mercer: He put that in a damage report?
    Alara: [embarrassed] Yes.
    Mercer: My God, we gotta get better people.
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  • Bratty Half-Pint: Both of Claire's sons count, and their default dealings with their mother and each other are either pushy or antagonistic. They are both somewhat cowed by Isaac's no-nonsense attitude towards them.
  • Brutal Honesty: Isaac, as always. He tells Claire that his superiority is an objective fact and credits some of her failed parenting techniques for helping him control the boys while she was captured.
  • Call-Back: In order to escape her captor Dr. Finn has to face her fear of heights, first mentioned in "If The Stars Should Appear".
  • Conveniently Close Planet: The Negative Space Wedgie drops them within range of an inhabitable moon.
  • Crazy Survivalist: The alien that rescues Claire prepared for the war on his world and thus isn't crazy like most of the natives, but he still holds Claire against her will. She speculates it's out of a need for companionship.
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  • Cutting the Knot: Marcus and Ty are arguing over the game the former brought along. Isaac solves the problem by grabbing the game and shooting it with his sidearm.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Doctor Finn is captured by a native person after her half of the shuttle breaks off during the crash and separates her from the others, but is able to break out of her cell, arm herself, murder him, and escape on her own.
  • Darker and Edgier: Despite a joke here and there, the episode is much more serious fare than usual.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Isaac and Dr. Finn.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Drogen was keeping Claire more or less prisoner, but he was feeding her and willingly went to get her medical supplies when he thought she was injured. In order to escape and get back to her kids, she stabs and shoots him, killing him.
  • Dramatic Irony: Right after the alien describes how the water was poisoned, Isaac and the kids have to cross a stream, into which Ty falls and contaminates himself.
  • Expospeak Gag: Isaac telling the children "Please adjust your bodies to a horizontal bearing." *beat* "Lie down."
  • Ghost City: Something of a wham scene when Claire manages to get the sheet of metal off the window in her cell and sees that she is in an apartment building in the middle of one of these. It provides a sense of scale for just how completely this civilization has been wiped out.
  • Gunship Rescue: A second shuttle from the Orville shows up to save Isaac, Claire, and the kids. As it turns out, Union shuttles are armed.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The aliens on the unknown world have resorted to cannibalism in light of the food scarcity and toxins in the water.
  • Negative Space Wedgie: The spacial fold the shuttle passes through, which flings them 1,000 light years from their previous position and critically damages the shuttle in the process. The Orville makes it through with far less damage, being bigger and tougher.
  • Not So Stoic: Isaac expresses exasperation with the bickering of Dr. Finn's sons who he is charged with in his unique way. He tells the two to be quiet at one point in a completely casual manner unchanged from his normal vocal cadence, despite the wording typically being that from a yelling exasperated parent. He eventually destroys the portable game device when it becomes a point of contention by grabbing the device, throwing it into the air, and skeet-shooting it to smithereens with his sidearm, all in one smooth nonchalant manner free of any irritated body language.
  • Oh, Crap!: Claire literally says "Crap!" when she learns that Isaac will be coming with her, since she thinks he'll be no good with the kids.
  • Parting Words Regret: The last thing that Marcus says to Claire before the crash is that she sucks. He's clearly remorseful over it.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Isaac, Claire and the kids had a very harrowing experience, and Claire (a doctor) ultimately had to shoot her captor. But they are rescued from the moon, Claire is able to cure the disease and Kelly indicates her intention to get the Union to help distribute the cure to the people on the moon, leaving open the possibility that their society may someday recover.
  • The Reveal: When Claire manages to pry a panel loose from the wall in the bunker she's been kept in, she (and the viewers) realize that she's actually being held in a skyscraper apartment, in a derelict cityscape.
  • Synthetic Plague: The disease that has laid waste to this society was a biological weapon rather than something natural.
  • Technically Living Zombie: Most of the natives seem to have become this. Only a few bother to even attempt communication. They just hunt and attack anyone who looks edible.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With Isaac's help, Marcus puts an energy pistol to good use fighting off the natives.
  • Voice Changeling: Isaac can imitate any voice he's heard. He uses this to imitate Marcus and Claire at various points, though only to repeat previous statements or on request as opposed to deception.
  • Water Source Tampering: The unknown world has toxic water from a previous war, one side having deliberately contaminated it with a devastating biological weapon.

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