Reviews of The Orville were written from 2017-2022 during the original run of the series. Note: All reviews contain spoilers.
Season 2 (2018-2019)
- 12/30/2018. Ja'loja — 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 — As the crew studies a dying star system, Bortus finds himself descending into a pornography addiction amid his struggling marriage.
- 1/10/2019. Home — 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 — 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 — The Orville makes first contact with an alien world, but the encounter unexpectedly leads to conflict.
- 1/31/2019. A Happy Refrain — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — The 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.