The Orville (2017– )
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New Dimensions 

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


Kelly Cronin


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane

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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 »


After the Orville's lower quantum drive is damage, it is still lit up. See more »


Yaphit: I think I lost a piece.
Dr. Claire Finn: Uh, excuse me?
Yaphit: I feel like I'm missing a piece, and I can't for the life of me figure out where i lost it.
Dr. Claire Finn: Well, okay. Hop up on the table, let's have a look.
[scanning him]
Dr. Claire Finn: I'm not quite sure how to ask this, but when your species loses a piece of tissue, is it conscious?
Yaphit: Kind of. I have a dim sense of a dark, wet place. I-I just can't get any more specific than that.
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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Blueprint for future TV series
1 December 2017 | by Ray_AkapotasanaSee all my reviews

Best episode thus far. Excellent mix of entertainment, literary references, humor, scientific mumbo jumbo (which should be in every itself respecting SF series) and even social comments (the made reference between the 2 dimensional society and equality in a society). The total mix is quite a grown up form and almost a blueprint for future TV series.

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