In Home (Season 2, Episode 3 of The Orville) Alara is diagnosed with a bone/muscle mass deficiency that is attributed to her living on the Orville and away from her high gravity home world.
The initial solution to this was to send home to Xelaya in order to recuperate. However towards the end of the episode:
The crew of the Orville determine that they can make a high-gravity area in the Environmental Simulator.
But leads me to my question:
The Orville is an advanced space ship that obviously has Earth normal artificial gravity throughout its decks. So why are the crew initially blind to the idea of local manipulation of this engineering system (and why only decide they can do it in the Environmental Simulator)?
Note that in universe during this episode we have seen:
1. Shuttle craft have their own artificial gravity systems,
2. Captain Mercer wears a compact, full mobility suit on Xelaya that shields him from the effects of Xelayan gravity,
3. Alara uses a slim hover chair on Xelaya (that is seen to float across a beach).
To me, all of this points to the ability to manipulate gravity in small, portable, self powered devices that are capable of standing up to the extremes of Xelayan gravity.
Or is this a sort of a MacGuffin, except in this case the plot is driven by everyone being wilfully ignorant or the capabilities of Earthian engineering?