The Orville

Reviews of The Orville will be written as the series airs, if my schedule allows. Before each review is available, comments on each episode will be open immediately after the episode airs. Please note that all reviews contain spoilers.

Season 1 (2017)

  • 9/10/2017. Old Wounds 1.5 stars — Following the collapse of his marriage, Ed Mercer is named captain of the USS Orville, an exploratory vessel whose first mission is to answer the call of a science team that has invented a device that can accelerate time.
  • 9/17/2017. Command Performance 2 stars — When Mercer and Grayson vanish unexpectedly without a trace, the inexperienced Lt. Alara Kitan finds her resolve tested as she faces her first command experience.
  • 9/21/2017. About a Girl 3 stars — When Bortus' child is unexpectedly born female — something considered abnormal among his people — he asks Dr. Finn to surgically change the baby's gender, prompting a controversy among his shipmates.
  • 9/28/2017. If the Stars Should Appear 2 stars — The Orville encounters a massive starship adrift in space that is actually an alien bio-dome housing an entire civilization that does not know the true nature of its world.
  • 10/5/2017. Pria 2.5 stars — After the crew rescues a woman from a crashed mining ship, Mercer begins to fall for her while Grayson suspects she is not who she says she is.
  • 10/12/2017. Krill 3 stars — Following an unprovoked attack on a Union colony by a Krill vessel, Mercer and Malloy go undercover to infiltrate a Krill ship in the hopes of learning more about the mysterious enemy.
  • 10/26/2017. Majority Rule 3 stars — The Orville crew investigates the disappearance of two Union anthropologists who vanished on a world governed solely by popular opinion.
  • 11/2/2017. Into the Fold 1.5 stars — When a shuttle carrying Finn, her two young sons, and Isaac crashes on an unfamiliar planet, Finn must escape her alien captors while Isaac looks after the children.
  • 11/9/2017. Cupid's Dagger 2 stars — While mediating a dispute between two warring societies, the Orville takes aboard a specialist who turns out to be the man at the center of the affair that ended Mercer's and Grayson's marriage.
  • 11/16/2017. Firestorm 2.5 stars — While struggling with guilt over the death of a crewmate she was unable to save, Kitan begins experiencing strange events aboard the ship that are not easily explained.
  • 11/30/2017. New Dimensions 2.5 stars — Grayson discovers LaMarr has hidden potential that might make him a candidate to replace the departing chief engineer, so she gives him a challenging assignment when the Orville discovers a realm that exists only in two dimensions.
  • 12/7/2017. Mad Idolatry 3 stars — A seemingly small action has massive consequences when Grayson heals a wonded girl on a primitive planet, which leads the society to establish an entire religion around Kelly.

Season 2 (2018-2019)

  • 12/30/2018. Ja'loja 2.5 stars — The crew has some down time while traveling to Bortus' home world so he can carry out an annual personal ritual.
  • 1/3/2019. Primal Urges 2 stars — As the crew studies a dying star system, Bortus finds himself descending into a pornography addiction amid his struggling marriage.
  • 1/10/2019. Home 3 stars — Alara returns home after discovering that prolonged exposure to lower gravity is causing her body to deteriorate.
  • 1/17/2019. Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes 2 stars — When Mercer takes his new girlfriend on a romantic trip, they are captured and interrogated by the Krill for military information.
  • 1/24/2019. All the World Is Birthday Cake 2 stars — The Orville makes first contact with an alien world, but the encounter unexpectedly leads to conflict.
  • 1/31/2019. A Happy Refrain 2.5 stars — Claire finds she has feelings for Isaac, resulting in a challenging relationship between a human and an artificial intelligence that does not have emotions.
  • 2/14/2019. Deflectors 3 stars — A visitor from Bortus' past is involved in an incident aboard the Orville that reveals a disturbing aspect of Moclan culture.
  • 2/21/2019. Identity, Part I 3.5 stars — When Isaac unexpectedly shuts down, the Orville travels to his mysterious and isolated Kaylon homeworld to try to establish a relationship with its society of artificial intelligence.
  • 2/28/2019. Identity, Part II 3 stars — The Orville crew reaches its most desperate hour as a fleet of Kaylon ships begins its invasion of Earth's solar system.
  • 3/7/2019. Blood of Patriots 2 stars — On the eve of peace talks to broker a treaty between the Union and the Krill, tensions are raised when an old friend who saved Malloy's life escapes after 20 years in a Krill prison.
  • 3/21/2019. Lasting Impressions 3.5 starsThe Orville crew opens a 400-year-old time capsule from 2015, and among the relics is a smartphone containing the life details of a young woman from a long-ago era.
  • 4/11/2019. Sanctuary 3.5 stars — The revelation of a colony of female Moclans leads to a moral dillema that could have serious political consequences for the Union.
  • 4/18/2019. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow 2.5 stars — A version of Grayson from seven years in the past is pulled through time onto the Orville, leading both versions of Kelly to ponder decisions made in the past and future.
  • 4/25/2019. The Road Not Taken 3 stars — In an alternate timeline where humanity has been nearly wiped out by the Kaylon, Grayson assembles the crew of the Orville in an attempt to change history from the past.
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