The Orville (2017– )
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The Orville gets damaged by a spatial anomaly causing harrowing effects to all living things.


Kelly Cronin


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Victor Garber ... Admiral Halsey
Larry Joe Campbell ... Steve Newton
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Mike Henry ... Dann
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn (as Kai Di'Nilo Wener)
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn
Paul Vogt ... Horbalak Captain


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. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

30 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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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.
Isaac: There is no evidence of any sciuromorpha rodentia, or other mid-sized rodent.
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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This show remembers what Star Trek forgot
9 December 2017 | by doodlerSee all my reviews

Some of the visuals in this episode were absolutely stunning - notably the depiction of a two dimensional universe.

It took this show a while to really find it's footing and it's on its way to being truly great. Certainly there are many aspects of the show that are taken directly from the original Star Trek and it's later series (except for the transporters, which I'm glad they left out).

The Orville has one big bonus that the Star Trek universe forgot: Human history and its cultural past. Sure, Star Trek occasionally made references to the past as a plot point here and there, but the Orville lives in OUR future. Besides, Star Trek made up a lot of "history" by mentioning things that happen between our time and theirs.

Beginning with the Kermit the Frog doll on the captain's desk, we are constantly reminded that our present is truly their past. This episode alone referenced "Doctor Who" and the novel "Flatland. In past episodes we've seen references to "Friends", "Real Housewives", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "The Sound of Music", "Seinfeld" and other media touchstones that you would hope the future won't forget.

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