The first 2 episodes of The Orville Season 3 were released on Hulu yesterday, and the first episode, hit very close to home for me. The plot of the episode involves the aftermath of the Kaylon War, and how it effects various members of the Orville Crew, including its kaylon robot Issac. To say there is anger and distrust for the reactivated robot is an understatement. Anne Winters joins the cast as the new navigator “Ens. Charly Burke”. she was on the USS Quimby which was destroyed in the Kaylon War, resulting in the death of her best friend, due to an escape pod malfunction, requiring the pod to be launched by hand.
Issac being a robot, views all the hatred and anger shown to him, is an interesting concept, and it gives him incites to something he was never aware of. Ens. Burke speaks her mind, and even Captain Mercer(Seth McFarlane) lets her know that he has some “misgivings” about reactivating Issac. A short time later, someone paints the word “Murderer” in Issacs lab. After an investigation by Lt. Kaylani, it is revealed that Dr. Finn’s son Marcus Finn is the one who did it. Instead of apologizing, he tells Issac “i wish you were dead”. A short time later, Issac using a electronic device, commits suicide. This affects every member of the crew differently, including Dr Finn, who in Season 2 had an intimate relationship with Issac. Chief Engineer Lamarr figures out a way to restore Issac, but it will involve working in 4 dimensions, and the only crew member who has the skill is Ens. Burke. Her hatred of the Kaylon is so great that she refuses to do it. she is approached by Marcus in the mess hall, where Marcus tells her, “I told him to his face that I wanted him dead, but I didn’t really mean it”. Seeing how hurt Marcus is, because he thinks he is the one who made Issac kill himself, Ens Burke does restore Issac’s brain, while telling him “I didn’t do it for you”.
Dr. Finn tries to find out WHY Issac thought that suicide was the only answer, telling him “people can change and if you commit suicide, you never know what the future would have brought. I have a serious issue with the way she states this, and I will share something that I wrote in the comment section of Den of Geeks review below. This first episode was one of the darkest I can recall seeing in a very long time. It dealt with emotions and situations that usually are not shared on TV, especially not in the Sci-Fi realm. I commend Seth, the rest of the cast and crew, for having the courage to handle what is a deeply troubling subject, with care. it made for an opening hour that blew the socks off what we thought The Orville was, and sent it into a totally different realm. A lot of commenters are mad that the episode was so “dark” and without “humor”, but I don’t know how you can joke about such a personnel subject.
The following is the comment I wrote, along with a link to the review of the episode on Den of Geek.