Here in Ars, we really missed the fearless USS crew Orville. Production of third season on Orville abruptly stopped in March 2020 due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the series finally returns with a new home for Hulu, a new name (Orville: New Horizons), and a fun new trailer full of all the space action and lively good mood in front of the danger we expect from this sci-fi series.
(Spoilers for previous seasons of Orville Below.)
As I wrote earlier, the series is being developed aboard the USS Orville (ECV-197), a 25th-century interstellar research spacecraft known as the Planetary Union. Creator and star of the series Seth McFarlane (Family man), who plays Captain Ed Mercer, was a big fan of Star Trek growing, especially The next generationso it’s not surprising Orville has embraced such sensitivity. As I wrote in my review for S2, “This is a smart series that combines humor and witty dialogue with avant-garde science, ethical reasoning, occasional literary references and a sincere heart.”
The first season introduced us to the characters and their fictional world, while developing the central relationship. The second season put this relationship to the test, with an ambitious and emotionally powerful two-part finale that created an alternate timeline in which the Caylons conquered half the known galaxy (and destroyed Earth in the process). The two followed the classic trope of how changing a seemingly insignificant detail of the grand scheme of things – Ed and Kelly, who go on their first date – could change the world. IN Orville was destroyed in the process of trying to restore the original timeline, but we had no idea if this effort was successful.
There will be 11 episodes in the third season, two less than the previous ones, but each episode will be 12 to 15 minutes longer. All the main cast members are back, with the addition of new cast member Ann Winters, who plays Ensign navigator Charlie Burke. S3 also marks one of the last roles of Norm MacDonald, voiced by Lieutenant Jaffitt, the gelatin engineer changing shape; McDonald died last fall after a long battle with cancer.
According to the official premise: “Set 400 years in the future, Orville: New Horizons finds the USS crew Orville continue their mission of exploration as they move through both the mysteries of the universe and the complexity of their own interpersonal relationships. “Hulu missed the first few minutes of the opening episode of S3 in February at the same time as the streaming platform announced the release of Orville: New Horizons from March to June, partly to soften the blow for impatient fans.
The official trailer gets everything literary with an initial reference to a 19th century sonnet. “Ozymandias”By Perche Bysshe Shelley, so at some point we will probably be dealing with the topics of extreme impermanence even in seemingly dominant empires. And it is clear that Kaylons still pose a significant threat to humanity as a whole and to the crew of Orville in particular. (“You will surrender or die” is not exactly obscene.) Ed is still hoping for a better future. But can there ever be a peaceful coexistence, as Kaylon crew member Isaac (Mark Jackson) hopes, if one race wants the other dead?
Orville: New Horizons debuted at Hulu on June 2, 2022.
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