Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress: The Orville two.eight: Recalling Čapek, Aspect 1


The thought of a species of AI – robots (mechanistic), androids (flesh and blood), what have you – rebelling against, overthrowing, massacring their human or biological creators is at least as old as Karel Čapek’s 1922 R.U.R.   Against all odds, The Orville picked up that theme with the lovable Isaac and his polished, gleaming “people today” on Kaylon in tonight’s episode two.eight.

The enjoy in between Isaac and Claire – or rather, her of him, and what Isaac feels getting anything possibly akin to enjoy – that started in the very first episode of this season (two.1) serves as a superior prelude to what occurred tonight.  Hey, their partnership, or Isaac’s portion of it, fooled me.  I believed he was actually experiencing the AI equivalent of anything like enjoy, what ever that is.   All of that created tonight’s twist all the extra jolting,

The episode went in fast progression to Isaac getting de-activated aka dead or anything like that, to Isaac and the denizens of his residence planet getting tough to get to join the Union, to the machines revealing themselves as out to destroy all human, biologically-sentient life, just as they did earlier on their personal planet, to the tune of billions murdered.

As this nod to the Borg very first started to unfold in the final moments of this two-portion episode (the second will be on subsequent Thursday), I started to consider of all types of scenarios in which Isaac could however emerge as a superior (mechanical) guy.  Possibly the machines of Kaylon had been placing humanity to the final test – see how we responded to this assault on our extremely existence – ahead of they accepted our generous invitation to the join the Union.  But I have a feeling that will not be how this portion of The Orville’s two-portion narrative ends.

I will inform you what I consider of that ending subsequent week.  But, as of now, The Orville has switched from getting dramedy to sheer drama with a comic tinge.  Which tends to make me want to watch it even extra.

 talking about R.U.R. at City Tech this previous November

See also The Orville two.1: Relief and Romance … The Orville two.two: Porn Addiction and Planetary Disintegration … The Orville two.three: Alara … The Orville two.four: Billy Joel … The Orville two.five: Escape at Regor 2 … The Orville two.six: “Singin’ in the Rain” … The Orville two.7: Adore and Death

And see also The Orville 1.1-1.five: Star Trek’s Back … The Orville 1.six-9: Masterful … The Orville 1.10: Bring in the Clowns … The Orville 1.11: Consuming Yaphit … The Orville 1.12: Faith in Cause and the Prime Directive


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