The Orville stumbles into a fascinating, unprecedented space anomaly impossible to define without precedent or reference and gets out damaged but operational. After observing plants dying aboard and a Horbalak smuggler spaceship waving their warnings and leaving it lifeless after an invisible passage, the conclusion is it's two-dimensional. The Horbalak cargo being weapons with a Krill marker, a fleet must be expected soon, so the Orville must hide. The only idea is to create a 3D bubble around themselves to remain invisible in the anomaly, which has surprising effects. Amidst all this John is appointed to lead the analysis team to test his competence for the opening chief engineer post, for which he expressly lacks ambition, while the captain's confidence is shattered by learning Kelly recommended him for command to a family friend admiral.
Did You Know?
The promotion of a main character whose job is flight operations on the bridge to replace an actor that is not part of the main cast in the position of chief engineer is reminiscent of Star Trek: The Next Generation
(1987). In that show LeVar Burton
as Geordi LaForge was promoted in a very similar way, after the chief engineer position had rotated through a couple of guest stars in the first season. See more
As Kelly and Ed discuss Flatland, she says "I want you and I to be OK", instead of "you and me". See more
Capt. Ed Mercer
What the hell just happened?
Lt. Gordon Malloy
I have no idea. Maybe we hit a squirrel or something.
There is no evidence of any sciuromorpha rodentia, or other mid-sized rodent.
References Doctor Who