A bit of a misfire here. The comedy:drama ratio was skewed all in the wrong direction (especially given how much comedy potential there is surrounding Bortas), but above all it was just a bit too boring. The holodeck simulations were amusing the first couple of times but became tedious quickly. I really enjoy the Bortas/Klyden relationship, but this became repetitive and seems to have pushed their characters a bit outside of what was established in season 1.
In fact, Bortas may have dominated the episode too much and an extra plot line following another character could have improved things. Either that or maybe The Orville would work better as a 25 minute show. I know it can do better than this, though.
There were some lovely special effects involving the supernova and the disintegrating planet, and I loved the new alien that provided Bortas with the holoprogram.