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?
Captain Mercer mentions the book "Flatland" by Edwin Abbott Abbott when talking about two-dimensional space. See more
After the smuggler's ship goes thru the anomaly, sensors indicate no power is being generated. Yet when they visit the ship, the lights are on. See more
Capt. Ed Mercer
Kelly, he fed a guy to another guy - that's not something a department head does.
References Doctor Who