Director: Seth MacFarlane
Writer: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth Macfarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Jonson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Anne Winters, and Norm Macdonald
It’s been three years since the second season of The Orville aired, thanks to Covid delays, it’s been a long wait to re-join the Orville’s crew, but it’s definitely worth the wait. The third season has the sub-title New Horizons, but it’s not a reboot at all. The first episode, Electric Sheep, wastes no time at all getting right back into the swing of things. It deals with the outcome of the season two battle with the Kaylon. Isaac (Mark Jackson) has been reinstated as a member of the crew and is causing friction with some of the other crew members who don’t like him still being on board, as he’s a Kaylon.
The Orville continues to be Seth MacFarlane’s love-letter to Star Trek. Everything about the show feels like something that would fit in within one of the classic shows, and this episode in particular is pure Next Generation. It deals with prejudice, depression, and suicide in a way that’s just classic Trek. There’s a message, but at the same time it’s a strong episode with great characters that we’ve come to love over the last two seasons, so it works on every level.
The delay hasn’t affected the show at all in anyway. All of the cast step back into their characters straight away, as if no time has passed. It’s great to finally catch up with them, even if it does feel that some of the characters aren’t given enough time to shine in this episode, despite its hour plus running time. Hopefully future characters will focus more on some of the other characters, especially Lieutenant Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), who takes a backseat for most of this outing. Like the previous seasons, the visuals still have those early 2000s Star Trek Enterprise/Stargate Atlantis era vibe, that feel a little dated but filled with nostalgia. It feels right at home with the shows that it’s inspired by.
New Horizons is going to be the shortest season of The Orville, with only ten episodes. If the first episode is anything to go by then we’re in for a great season. It scratches that itch for classic Trek while also feeling like its own thing. Electric Sheep packs a punch, with some surprisingly emotional moments.
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