"Sir, I know I'm not as experienced as you were expecting, but you can count on me." ― Alara Kitan[source]Alara Kitan is a Xelayan Lieutenant and Chief of Security aboard the USS Orville. According to Admiral Halsey, she served with the Orville under the previous captain as Chief of Security prior to Ed Mercer assuming command. Due to the high gravity of her homeworld Xelaya, she possesses incredible strength and durability.
Alara is portrayed by Halston Sage.
Alara Kitan was born in the year 2396 on Xelaya to Drenala and Ildis Kitan, a university professor. Unlike most Xelayans, Kitan chose to join the Planetary Union instead of pursuing a degree in school. Her parents believed this was done because their daughter is of low intelligence, but still try to support her decision as best they can. Kitan eventually makes it into the Union where she is fast-tracked to Chief of Security.
Alara introduces herself to Captain Mercer during Roll Call, where she explains to Gordon Malloy that due to the higher gravity on Xelaya, her strength is elevated on most planets. Alara makes it a point to tell Captain Mercer that even though she's the youngest onboard, she takes her job seriously and that he and the Orville can count on her.
As Chief of Security, Alara accompanies Mercer along with Commander Grayson and Doctor Claire Finn to Epsilon 2. While Mercer and Grayson observe the technology, scientist Derek Ashton reveals himself to be an undercover Krill agent and steals a time acceleration device. Derek then proceeds to call in a Krill Battleship to further their pursuit in taking over the Science Station. As the Union crew tries to escape Mercer notes that the door is jammed. He asks Alara uses her strength to open it for him, she does as told and in a running sprint breaks down the entire concrete wall, giving everyone a way out. She then uses her PM-44 to fight aggressive Krill soldiers as everyone gets back to the Orville along with the secured device and Doctor Aronov.
"Wait, this is your first time in command.Captain Mercer and Kelly Grayson must go off board to help the USS Blériot. With Bortus on leave to incubate his soon-to-be hatching egg, Alara is given control over the Orville as acting Captain. She shows obvious anxiety over this turn of events, but calms herself when Mercer assures her it's only temporary. After the two take a Shuttlecraft to the Blériot, the Bridge crew witness Mercer and Grayson disappear, revealing that the Blériot was a trap which successfully ensnared the two of them. Kitan tries to have the crew find them but John LaMarr confirms they are nowhere to be found. Overwhelmed, Alara runs to Bortus' quarters and explains the crisis to him. He says that he is unable to leave his egg for any reason during the twenty-one day period without endangering its life. That she as acting Captain must figure out how to get Mercer and Grayson back herself.
Yeah, so maybe someone else should
You got this, okay. You wouldn't be allowed to wear that uniform if you weren't qualified. We trust you." ― Kelly Grayson to Alara Kitan[source]
Kitan leaves the room and orders herself a shot of Xelayan tequila to calm down. It works temporarily, but she throws it up shortly afterwards, before returning to the Bridge. Her first order as encouraged by Gordon Malloy is to bring in the now empty Shuttle back onto the ship along with the Blériot decoy, Isaac advises against the latter action claiming they aren't knowledgable on its defense mechanisms. Alara goes with her gut anyway and the Orville does as told. Shortly after being taken into the Shuttle Bay Isaac's suspicion was confirmed and the vessel explodes, damaging the ship and members of the crew.
Alara takes Ensign Parker down to the Sick Bay after the incident and talks to Doctor Finn in her office, begging for her to make up a medical excuse that would relieve her of Captain duties. Claire refuses, but proceeds to give Alara advice. That in order to be an efficient Captain, she has to learn from her mistakes and take help when she can get it, ignoring Isaac to seem confident was poor judgement and she should avoid doing anything like that in the future. Later, after Kitan returns to the Bridge, the Orville is able to find traces of a pulse from the Blériot decoy which Isaac guesses might be a form of advanced molecular transportation. After further research the pulse is traced back to the homeworld of the Calivon. Alara tries to have the Orville fly there and save Mercer and Grayson, but is strictly prohibited from doing so by Admiral Tucker. Who claims that the homeworld of the Calivon is off limits for any Planetary Union ships to enter. Kitan begrudgingly accepts this and informs the crew of what the Admiral has demanded of them and that they need to return to Earth and dismiss Grayson and Mercer as deceased in the line of duty. The Bridge expresses disappointment over this news, but Alara stands by her decision.
Later, Kitan goes back to Claire saying that the entire crew thinks badly of her. Claire explains that she has a choice of either following orders and living with the crew's resentment, or disobeying and potentially risk ruining her career, that dilemma is what Command is all about. Alara rests in the Mess Hall and orders Xelayan tequila again before sitting down with LaMarr and Malloy. Explaining that she had direct orders to not engage the Calivon, but Gordon doesn't want to hear it stating that if the roles were reversed they would have never left her to die.
Inspired by that revelation and Claire's advice, Alara stands up and tells everyone that the Orville will go to the Calivon system in spite of Admiral Tucker's orders to save Mercer and Grayson, she receives a round of applause shortly after from everyone in the Hall. As The Orville approaches the planet, Isaac insists he should accompany Alara to the Calivon Zoo Ed and Kelly are being kept in. Explaining the Calivon view Kaylon as technological equals to themselves and will respect him more than they would her. She follows the advice and the two of them barter with the Administrator for Ed and Kelly's freedom. Isaac's suggestions are all shot down as the Zoo Administrator claims the humans are one of the their most successful exhibits. Alara however speaks to him and offers a trade for Mercer and Grayson in exchange for the Zoo to receive tapes of 21st Century reality television. The offer is accepted and the two Union officers are freed.
On the Orville due to her outstanding skill and leadership abilities to save her crew, Alara is granted by Captain Mercer himself the Star Sapphire medal of honor.
Main article: About a Girl.Alara, along with the rest of the crew join Bortus and Klyden in their quarters to admire their newly born daughter, Topa. Later, she accepts a transmission from Minister Kaybrak, who claims as per the request of Bortus he will be sending a vessel to rendezvous with The Orville, where Topa will be taken to Moclus in order to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Ed Mercer and Kelly Grayson instruct Alara to show Bortus the error in his chauvinism by challenging him to a boxing match and using her Xelayan strength to defeat him, therefore proving how strong females can be. She does as told yet Bortus remains unconvinced irregardless.
At Tribunal, while representing her case Grayson calls up Kitan to reshape the Arbitrator's square titanium gravel into a sphere, illustrating yet again the strength females can possess. The opposition, Kagus, explains that her feat proves nothing, that she was only able to perform such a task due to being Xelayan, if there were a male member of the species there he could do the same with less effort.
Alara accompanies Captain Mercer, Commander Grayson, Doctor Finn, and Isaac on board the Dorahl Bioship, using her strength to open the airlock inside the vessel's ecosystem. Ed insists they should split up to cover more ground and Alara follows Kelly to explore the grass plains. While walking the Commander talks about her relationship with Ed and why she cheated on him. Alara empathizes with Kelly until they are approached by two Dorahlian police officers who demand to see their paper work.
Both stammer trying to give an answer and the officers become suspicious, taking their guns out and demanding they come with them. Alara tries to discuss the Orville's mission diplomatically but is shot and pushed down a nearby hill, the officers then proceed to kidnap Kelly and take her into their automobile. Losing blood, Alara hails Captain Mercer telling him that she needs Medical Attention. He, along with Doctor Finn eventually find her and use a Dermoscanner to heal the bullet wounds. Alara and the rest of the crew go to the Bioship capital building to find Kelly. Once there, Alara determined to help, uses her strength to physically rip the doors off Hamelac's office force him to cease his torture of Commander Grayson.
After freeing Kelly the Reformers show the Orville crew a door they found built into the side of the Ecosystem's wall. After going through it leads to an elevator going up which takes them all Bioship's Command center. Mercer and Isaac find a large monitor with a recording of Jahavus Dorahl explaining the origin of the vessel and how it was only meant to bring their people to another world, but after encountering an Ion Storm destroyed their engines and left them marooned in space for generations.
Alara, Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson take a Shuttle to rescue Pria Lavesque on a mining colony being pulled by gravitational forces into a nearby star. After landing, Alara uses her strength to force open a metal door that is jammed, easily crushing and bending thick steel in order to get to Pria. After returning to the ship with their new guest, Alara attends a cocktail party with Mercer and Grayson, where the former hits on Lavesque much to Kitan's concern.
The next day, Grayson enters Alara's office and voices her suspicions of Pria to her. Grayson then asks if she could check Lavesque's quarters for anything unusual. Alara takes the concerns seriously, but says she cannot do a security check on Pria's quarters without valid cause. Nonetheless, she does agree to conduct a "radiation check" of her room, a flimsy pretext for an legal search. Before going Alara makes Kelly promise that her reasons for suggesting this are purely rational and not based on jealously for Pria and Ed's blooming relationship, she promises her.
Inside Pria's quarters the two find a suspicious device, but before any further investigation are caught snooping by Pria herself. In Mercer's office, Alara confesses to making an illegitimate excuse to investigate the rooms, Ed is angered by her actions and announces he will be putting a formal reprimand on her record for doing that.
At dinner in the Mess Hall, Alara is telling Malloy and LaMarr the story behind her recent breakup with a human named Josh. Kitan specifically stating he felt emasculated by her, and LaMarr says that's because of her Xelayan strength. Jokingly commenting the only man on board who wouldn't be threatened by that is Isaac. He joins in on their conversation stating his fascination with biological reproduction and that he would be willing to have sex with Alara to study it further. She remains silent by the boldness of his request, but gently rejects it shortly after.
They continue eating and Bortus asks about Gordon's Sushi dinner, eating the an entire ball of wasabi to see how it tastes. The whole table is shocked when he's unaffected by it and LaMarr tries to get him to eat other objects. Alara at first tells them to stop, but after seeing Bortus consume all of them easily joins in on it too.
Exploring Sargus 4Edit
Alara is recruited as part of the landing team on Sargus 4. Alara comments about how strange she looks in Sargun clothing. Kelly shuts her down instantly and explains that she can't be walking around exposing her Xelayan ridges. Understanding her point nonetheless, Grayson has the Matter Synthesizer produce more choices of Sargun headwear, Claire Finn gives her a Nefolo which Alara wears more comfortably. When Captain Mercer enters the room he gives Alara currency explaining that Sargus 4 is Capitalist and they need money in order to buy necessary utilities, she comments how weird that is compared to the Union. After arriving on Sargus 4, Grayson buys everyone a Vote Badge from a local vendor. Alara is questioned by John LaMarr about her relationship with the crew member Andy, Alara confesses she and him broke him because the way he danced was "too grindy".
LaMarr finds this answer humorous and begins asking her how exactly he danced, mimicking suggestive moves on a nearby statue of Mella Giffendon. After he is arrested by the Department of Corrections for receiving excess downvotes, Alara and Commander Grayson head into a coffee shop to discuss the situation before a Kelvic man approaches her and, knowing Alara is not Kelvic, demands she remove the hat. Realizing it would expose her Xelayan features she argues but soon receives a heavy pour of downvotes because of it. Grayson takes her to a bathroom to try and find something else to cover her head with before Lysella walks in and notices her without the hat. Later, the two take her out to a nearby table and Alara explains the crew's objective. They manage to convince Lysella to come aboard the Orville and discuss how they can get LaMarr's vote count up again as his Apology tour is failing to yield any support on its own.
Alara flies Lysella in a Shuttle to The Orville. She uses her smart phone to take a picture of it and Alara confiscates it out of her hand. When Lysella says without picture proof no one will believe her, Alara confirms that was the reason she took it in the first place. On the ship Lysella tells Isaac to hack into the Master Feed and flood it with evidence that would make the Sargun populace more sympathetic to LaMarr. Alara abruptly suggests Isaac add that John has a pet dog named "Chuckles". That in addition to another suggestion that LaMarr be a veteran is added by the crew, as Lysella explains soldiers reuniting with pets always is well-loved by the voters.
Main article: Cupid's Dagger.
When the USS Olympia carrying the assigned Forensic Archeologist is approaching the ship, Alara informs Grayson the vessel is sending a personnel file to her and she'll forward the information once it comes through. Kelly leaves the room and Kitan receives the file shortly after. Shocked to find out the Archeologist is Darulio. Alara anxiously jogs through the Orville's hallways to try and tell the Engineers not to let the Shuttle land, but it's too late as Mercer and Grayson quickly learn the hard truth of their situation. She escorts Darulio to the Lab and they talk about Kelly and Ed on the way there, Alara pretending not to know that he slept with her while she was still married to the Captain.
The Navarians and Bruidians argue over war crimes committed by each other on Lopovius. Enraged, one attempts to pull out a dagger but is subdued quickly by Alara. Once the tension is settled Kelly and her talk about the former's growing attraction to Darulio again, Kitan is supportive but finds the turn of events jarring. She explains her feelings to LaMarr in the Mess Hall before one the Navarian ambassadors approaches her and complains that the Captain isn't answering his message, though Kitan is able to temporarily appease him. While working in the Bridge, Ty and Marcus wander the hallways saying that they're locked out the their quarters. Alara investigates and opens the door witnessing Claire having sexual intercourse with Yaphit.
Claire explains herself to Alara claiming that she's in love with him now. Noticing a recurring pattern of similarly erratic behavior around the ship, Kitan finds Darulio and demands to know what it is he's doing that causing the crew to act like hormonal teenagers. He confesses that he is currently in heat & Retepsians release pheromones that attract anyone they touch during that time. Alars responds angrily telling him that involving the Captain and Commander in it was irresponsible and if the Navarian-Bruidian peace fails because of it he would be to blame. She proceeds to bring him into Sick Bay in order to research an antidote. Isaac and Nurse Park, unfortunately, are not able to find anything in the database. To prevent any further trouble Alara dismisses Darulio and confines him to his quarters until further notice.
Main article: Firestorm.
"I was gonna grab the fallen bulkhead, but when the fire started, I just I froze. I have no idea why. I just I've never been so scared in my life." ― Alara Kitan[source]
After the Orville is caught in a Plasma Storm, Chief Engineer Steve Newton calls Alara down to Engineering in order to lift a piece of debris off of Lieutenant Harrison Payne. While rushing through the hallways to perform the task, Alara is paralyzed with fear by a large fire that has erupted in the middle of the room. Lieutenant Payne eventually dies, and at his eulogy Alara is devastated. She later practices boxing in the Environmental Simulator destroying the bag in a fit of rage. Commander Grayson and Doctor Finn come in to try and comfort her, by insisting Payne would've died even if she removed the Debris as his injuries were too extensive to be remedied in time. But Alara can't shake the feeling of guilt that her fear of fire made her unable to perform her job.
They eventually leave at her request, and Alara goes to Captain Mercer's office and, still feeling immense guilt, asks to be relieved of her duties as Chief of Security, Mercer is weary of doing this and tells Kitan if she thinks there's a bigger problem that stopped her from saving the Lieutenant she should talk to her parents about it. Heeding the advice, Alara hails them in her quarters. When asked, Drenala tells a story of when Alara was an infant and their home caught fire, that if wasn't for her screams she wouldn't have been able to get help in time. Kitan thanks them and tries to process everything they told her.
She walks in the hallways until noticing a frightening circus clown starring right at her. She holds eye contact for a minute until it starts running towards her and dashes to the side, she chases him but around the corner he vanishes. Startled, Alara goes to the Bridge and informs Mercer that she is losing her mind. He asks why she believes that and Alara tells him what happened in the hall, much to the chagrin of LaMarr who has a severe phobia of clowns. Mercer suggests they check the logs to see if they caught anything. Isaac goes through all the hallway monitors until they see one with the Clown standing just as Kitan described.
Isaac says that scans show there was a human on the deck at the time but that it somehow disappeared afterward. The Captain commands the Bridge to split up into teams in order to find the Clown and detain it. Alara with Bortus look in Cargo Hold and split up to check on different levels. Kitan walks slowly until the Clown attacks her and wrestles the PM-44 out of her hands. She fights back against him, until finally getting ahold of the gun again and killing the Clown. In the Briefing Room, Alara explains that the Clown set her blaster to the highest setting and that she didn't mean to kill him. The crew understands and Kitan insists that the Clown wasn't human, saying how strong he was during their fight. Alara and Kelly walk and talk about what's going on, eventually deciding to meet in the Mess Hall later for a drink. As Kelly opens the door to her quarters however, she almost plummets to her death, as the room had been replaced with a large pit leading into the void of space.
The duo explain to Mercer what happened and how it defied all known laws of the observable universe. Ed concludes if it was impossible it couldn't have actually happened and theorizes there must be something wrong with the crew instead of the ship. Doctor Finn agrees to do a brain scan on Alara, Kelly and Ed to see what could be going on. During Kitan's turn she lays down and is strapped to the diagnostic bed, Claire claiming it's to keep Alara still during her brain surgery, she tries to break free but Finn explains they're quadruple fortified. Kitan asks why she's doing this but Claire avoids the question, walking out of the room to get her equipment from the back. Nurse Park comes in and asks what's going on and Alara explains everything to him, Park says restraining her for surgery is ridiculous and tries to set her free, but is unable to since the code for the computer had been changed. As he continues to fiddle with it, Finn shoots him in the back with a PM-44.
Claire takes a scalpel out and is prepared to slash into Alara's abdomen until she breaks free and knocks her out, calling help from the rest of the crew. Captain Mercer and Commander Grayson take Claire to the Brig and ask her why she's doing this, but the former Doctor gives cryptic nonsensical answers. After realizing they're getting nowhere everyone prepares to leave until Claire begins taunting them about the vastness of space and how frightening it all truly is. Finn eventually walks up to Alara and says that she especially will be forced to witness them. Back in the Briefing Room, Alara along with the rest of the crew desperately try to rationalize what could be happening until a swarm of Tarantulas begin crawling through the entire room. Everyone leaves in a panic and when they re-enter with weapons, the arachnids are all gone.
The crew decides the best course of action is to drive into another Plasma Storm, as they think the first one might be what trigged this series of events. Alara is assigned to go with Gordon to Engineering to stabilize the area for re-entry. They go to the elevator and when the doors open a gigantic spider comes out immune to their PM-44 blasts. Both of them run and Gordon gets tripped and eaten by the Spider before retreating, leaving Alara alone. She calls for anyone to help but receives no answer from anyone. She goes to the Bridge and sees it entirely empty, she searches any other room and continues calling for assistance but the entire Orville appears abandoned. Once she explores engineering Isaac approaches her and Alara tries to confide with him about the unnerving phenomenon. She tells him how Gordon died in front of her, and Isaac says how it is unfortunate for him to have been eaten alive. Alara notices she never told Isaac how Gordon died and wonders how he knew that. Kitan realizes that isn't Isaac, it's the creature who's been terrorizing the ship. It proceeds to attack her and the two engage in a drawn out battle that extends to the Shuttle Bay.
The Orville begins getting destroyed by the approaching Plasma Storm and Alara readies a Shuttle to escape the destruction. The creature takes a crate of explosives and blows it up to create a stream of fire across the exit, but Alara now having conquered her fear effortlessly flies through it to safety. She then notices everything around her change as it's revealed the entire ordeal, starting with the Clown running in the hallway, was an advanced program in the Simulator. In her quarters, Captain Mercer explains that after Alara spoke to her parents she requested a simulation be made where she had to deal with common phobias to conquer whatever prevented her from saving Lieutenant Paynes, and had her memories of asking redacted to make the experience more authentic. Captain Mercer reveals that Alara had activated Directive 38 to prevent them from shutting down the program prematurely, and that under normal circumstances it would've lead to a Union Chief of Security being discharged. But that he will look the other way because of how well Kitan handled herself in the simulation. She proceeds to go to sleep that night with at peacefully, no longer burdened by her phobias.
"I left Alara in command.Despite having incredible strength due to the elevated gravity of her homeworld, Alara appears to be a very sensitive, innocent, and kind-hearted person. Often taking interest in trying to help Captain Mercer or Commander Grayson whenever they're forced to deal with trouble from their past relationship. She also showed genuine concern for Isaac when Gordon Malloy had pranked him, and worked with the rest of the crew to help convince Bortus and Klyden not to perform gender-reassignment surgery on Topa, when she believed it would be negatively impact her development. Alara takes her job as Head of Security seriously and will go to extreme lengths to keep The Orville and its crew safe. When acting as Captain she disobeyed the command of Admiral Tucker in order to save Mercer and Grayson from the Calivon Zoo. During her fear simulation, she tried her best to keep everyone safe from the Clown that was roaming the ship and the giant tarantula from consuming Gordon Malloy. She later wholeheartedly supports Gordon's suggestion of getting a cat for the bridge.
What do you think?
Well, she's smart, but she's really green." ― Ed Mercer and Kelly Grayson[source]
Alara often struggles with issues of insecurity and feelings of inadequacy. A significant part of this likely stems from her parents believing her to be "slow" for choosing to work with the Planetary Union instead of getting a degree on Xelaya. She also is insistent that even though she is one of the youngest members on board The Orville she can contribute as well as anyone else can. Alara furthermore seems to have complicated feelings in regards to her Xelayan strength. On one hand she seems to feel self-conscious about her ex-boyfriend Josh breaking up with her due to being so strong, but also feels that it's her responsibility to use her strength whenever needed. She has a deep respect for Captain Mercer, and appears to be friendly enough with him to refer to him as Ed and occasionally not even add "sir" or "Captain" when addressing him. After breaking up with Josh, she tells Kelly that Ed is one of the few men who seems to appreciate her and her strength.
Throughout the series she's done everything asked of her, but in Firestorm failed to lift a piece of fallen debris off of Lieutenant Harrison Payne due to her deep seated phobia. Feeling deeply saddened by this failure for days afterward. However, her fears are often proven to be inaccurate as whenever Alara is forced into a situation she must illustrate her strength or mental aptitude she is always able to succeed and prove her worth to everyone. Although her first stint as acting captain threatened to alienate her from her crewmates (specifically Gordon and John), she is usually seen quite friendly with all of the core crew, taking part in social events, eating lunch with them. She appears, however, to be closest to Kelly and Isaac.
Alara, in the pilot, was meant to appear very alien with a large forehead and more apparent nose ridges. This look however was eventually omitted and simplified once Command Performance aired in order to make up the prosthetics more tolerable for Halston Sage, Alara's portrayer. Sage did admit however that the make up still took a long time to apply throughout the show and was "intense". But admitted she wished she could've walked into Starbucks with it on and see people's reactions.
Seth MacFarlane gave very detailed sketches to the art department of the show for how he wanted Alara to look, even showing fine details to the shape of her earlobes.
- Alara is one of the few non-Human characters in The Orville to have an established surname.
- At some point between Old Wounds and Command Performance, Alara undergoes a slight change of appearance, gaining eyebrows and losing some prominence to her brow. It is not yet known if an in-universe reason for this will be revealed. Oddly, a number of publicity images from Old Wounds depicting scenes from the episode show Alara with her later appearance with eyebrows.
- Whenever she is called upon to use her strength to open something heavy, Ed often asks her "Alara, you wanna open this jar of pickles for me?". This repeated joke disappears in Season 1 after the first few episodes.
- As of Season 1, Kitan is one of only two characters whose specific age is known, the other being the physicist Janice Lee.
- Episode 1: Old Wounds
- Episode 2: Command Performance
- Episode 3: About a Girl
- Episode 4: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode 5: Pria
- Episode 6: Krill
- Episode 7: Majority Rule
- Episode 8: Into the Fold
- Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger
- Episode 10: Firestorm
- Episode 11: New Dimensions
- Episode 12: Mad Idolatry