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The Orville Season 3 Ep. 1: Electric Sheep

After three years The Orville returns and we are immediately thrust into their battle against the Kaylon and witness Isaac’s betrayal. This in turn is revealed to be a nightmare which turns out to be a nightmare of Dr. Finn’s son, Marcus (BJ Tanner).

As we join The Orville it is being refitted and repaired due to the battle. The crew are struggling with the continued presence of Isaac (Mark Jackson) on board, especially Ensign Charly Burke (Anne Winters) who lost her best friend in the battle. Isaac’s alienation and feeling towards him are made clearer when someone paints “murderer” on the wall of his work area in the physics lab.

What follows is in interesting study of fear, hatred and forgiveness, with even Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) admitting he is not sure if allowing Isaac back on the ship is the right thing to do. Burke makes clear to the Captain that the majority of the crew are against Isaac being reinstated and on the bridge. He acknowledges that but explains Isaac did save them before and could be there best shot at survival if another battle happens.

How this impacts the rest of the crew unfolds across the episode…

Verdict: 8/10. A solid return that deals with some heavy topic matter from the opening. This episode serves as a great epilogue for Season 2 whilst at the same time provides a great jumping on point for Season 3. The Orville continues to “Out-Star-Trek” Star Trek.

 

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