The opener of The Orville Season 3 Ep. 9: Domino sees The Moclans, still licking their wounds from being expelled from the Planetary Union, seeking an alliance with the Krill.
Meanwhile Charly (Anne Winters) and Isaac (Mark Jackson) invent a device capable of destroying the Kaylon fleet leading to the Union almost wanting to commit a genocide. Later after a vote it is decided they will instead use it as leverage for an armistice with the Kaylon. The Kaylon agree but point out that they will find a weakness at some point!
Later, Union Admiral Perry (Ted Danson), betrays the Union and with his team steals the device and delivers it to a Krill ship containing Chancellor Teleya (Michaela McManus). Perry fears that the Kaylon will eventually exploit a weakness in the device so will stop at nothing to wipe them out. Upon delivering the device Perry learns of the new Krill/Moclan alliance. As he leaves to return to Earth Teleya blasts his ship to ensure his silence.
As the episode progresses, The Orville crew discovers this new alliance leading Bortus (Peter Macon) to deduce that if they are working together then they will likely take the device to the highly regarded Moclan scientist, Dr. Kalba (Regi Davis).
With the Krill/Moclan alliance being such a dangerous threat, Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) approaches the Kaylon – who after some discussion, form a temporary alliance.
We then hit super space battle time which evokes Flash Gordon, A New Hope, and Return of the Jedi, and soon danger ensues, and sacrifices may need to be made!
Verdict: 9/10. How they packed so much into one normal sized episode is amazing! Long-term story telling comes to a head in this episode with some expected and some not expected results! The Orville as a show steps up big time with this episode and continues to show why it is a league above other shows in the genre. Yes – there are a few McGuffins thrown in to help move the plot along, but the show has earned the good will to do this and none of them impact on the quality of the story that is being delivered. The big question now is, with one episode to go, what happens next?