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Primal Urges 

The crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun.


Kevin Hooks


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Wellesley Wild




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Kelly Hu ... Admiral Ozawa
Lesley Fera ... Minister Theece
Mike Henry ... Dann
Michael C. Mahon ... Altox
Darren Dupree Washington ... Simulated Moclan
Jude B. Lanston ... Moclan Prison Guard


Bortus's fellow officers are puzzled why he's so distant, even uninterested in the rare observation of a planet about to be swallowed by its exploding sun. His Moclean partner Klyden and their son are getting annoyed, even suspicious of his frequent long absences, falsely blamed on duty assignments. In fact Bortus is addicted to simulator porn role-plays, and discovering his infidelity, Klyden attempts to murder him, but is stopped and the pair sent to couples therapy. The planet's residue population is contacted to radio and found in urgent need of evacuation by shuttle, but there's insufficient time given its capacity and a damage to the spaceship puts it I danger of being fatally attracted by the expanding star itself. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This was a holdover episode that was production coded as 1LAB12 from season one. See more »


It is shown that the planet's oceans boil away very fast. In reality when a planet would be this close to a star the oceans would be long gone and the surface of the planet would have become one lava ocean. See more »


Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: What a dick.
Capt. Ed Mercer: He's a glorified Speak & Spell; screw him.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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7 January 2019 | by jzercher-93813See all my reviews

People seem most offended on here by the type of addiction portrayed. All addiction is ugly and unless one has fought through it or has lost loved ones to it, they've taken offense to bringing it out into the light.

Nobody's pushing any agenda on anyone, as a Christian recovering from addiction myself, this hit home. Don't stop Seth, The Orville doesn't pull punches and one of these days, who knows, maybe this show will deal with an issue a little closer to home for one of you "one star" viewers. Something most on there shows don't seem to have the testicular fortitude to do.

Keep flying Orville.

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