The Orville (season 1)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||September 10 –|
December 7, 2017
The first season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville was broadcast on Fox from September 10 to December 7, 2017. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane who stars as Captain Ed Mercer, who commands the Orville. The series also stars Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson, Mercer's ex-wife. The Orville is set about 400 years in the future and follows the crew of the titular spaceship who face the dangers and wonders of outer space, while dealing with the familiar problems of everyday life.
- Seth MacFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer, who commands the Orville. Mercer was an up-and-coming officer, on the fast track to commanding his own heavy cruiser. Following the end of his marriage to his wife Kelly due to her adultery, he is cited for being lax in performance of his duties and for being hung over on the job. Despite this, he is informed that the Orville needs a new commanding officer, and that he is the man for the job.
- Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson, first officer of the Orville and Ed Mercer's ex-wife.
- Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn, chief medical officer on the Orville, holding the rank of lieutenant commander. She has expertise in molecular surgery, DNA engineering and psychiatry. These exceptional credentials gave her her choice of assignments on heavy cruisers.
- Scott Grimes as Lieutenant Gordon Malloy, the helmsman of the Orville and Mercer's best friend. Considered the best helmsman in the fleet, he was relegated to desk duty after he attempted to impress a girl with a precarious shuttle docking maneuver, damaging the vessel and losing cargo in the process.
- Peter Macon as Lieutenant Commander Bortus, the second officer aboard the USS Orville. Bortus is from Moclus, a planet where the primary industry is weapons manufacturing, and whose society is dominated by males.
- Halston Sage as Lieutenant Alara Kitan
- J Lee as Lieutenant John LaMarr, later Lieutenant Commander John LaMarr
- Mark Jackson as Isaac
- Victor Garber as Admiral Tom Halsey
- Chad Coleman as Klyden
- Norm Macdonald as the voice of Lt. Yaphit
- Rachael MacFarlane as the voice of Orville Computer
The Orville was written by Seth MacFarlane as a spec script. Fox ordered thirteen episodes for the first season, but only twelve were broadcast due to a gap in broadcast dates caused by the broadcaster's lengthy Christmas programming. The leftover episode, "Primal Urges", aired during season 2, which was ordered by Fox on November 2, 2017.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Old Wounds"||Jon Favreau||Seth MacFarlane||September 10, 2017||1LAB01||8.56|
|Twenty-fifth-century Union command officer Ed Mercer divorces his wife, Kelly Grayson, after catching her cheating on him, prompting an emotional crisis that severely affects his career. A year later, he accepts a position as captain of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. To his dismay, his ex-wife has been assigned as his first officer. During the Orville's first mission, the hostile alien Krill captain (Joel Swetow) attempts to steal a device that accelerates time, which has both beneficial and dangerous applications. Mercer and Grayson rig the device to destroy itself and the Krill vessel.|
|2||2||"Command Performance"||Robert Duncan McNeill||Seth MacFarlane||September 17, 2017||1LAB03||6.63|
|The technologically advanced Calivon capture and imprison Mercer and Grayson for a new exhibit in a zoo filled with humanoid species from throughout the galaxy. Alara is left in command of the Orville, as Bortus has laid an egg and must incubate it. Alara is unsure of herself, but gains confidence with Claire's mentoring. Mercer and Grayson speculate whether they could have made their relationship work, but conclude they were incompatible for a long-term romantic relationship, despite their strong camaraderie. Admiral Tucker orders Alara to return the Orville to Earth rather than approach the powerful Calivon in a rescue attempt; Alara disobeys orders and retrieves Mercer and Grayson, along with a kidnapped alien child, by trading an archive of Earth's 21st-century reality television for them. Mercer presents Alara with a medal of honor, and he and Grayson are certain she will not be disciplined for disobeying a direct order. A rare female offspring hatches from Bortus's egg, stunning him and Klyden.|
|3||3||"About a Girl"||Brannon Braga||Seth MacFarlane||September 21, 2017||1LAB04||4.05|
|When Doctor Finn refuses Bortus and Klyden's request for her to perform sex reassignment surgery on their daughter, a standard Moclan practice on the rare occasion a female is born, they petition Mercer to order the procedure. Mercer refuses, as he (and the rest of the crew) object to performing such a procedure on a healthy infant. Bortus and Klyden then arrange to have the procedure performed on a Moclan vessel. Bortus changes his mind after watching the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special; Klyden wants to proceed, revealing that he was born female. The case is arbitrated on Moclus, where Grayson represents Bortus; Grayson disputes male superiority by demonstrating Alara's immense physical strength and Gordon's lesser intelligence. Mercer locates Heveena, an elderly female Moclan who testifies that she has lived a secluded but happy and fulfilling life. Under the male pseudonym "Gondus Elden," she became an esteemed novelist on Moclus. Klyden and the tribunal are unconvinced, and the infant undergoes the surgery. Despite their disagreement, Bortus and Klyden are committed to one another and to giving their son, Topa, a good life.|
|4||4||"If the Stars Should Appear"||James L. Conway||Seth MacFarlane||September 28, 2017||1LAB02||3.70|
|The Orville encounters an immense, 2,000-year-old derelict ship drifting into a star. Mercer, Grayson, Kitan, Finn, and Isaac enter, discovering an artificial biosphere and a civilization of three million who worship an entity called Dorahl. They are unaware they are on a ship. Grayson is held prisoner by their theocratic dictator, Hamelac, who imposes a death penalty on "Reformers" who believe anything exists beyond their known world. While Bortus takes the Orville to save the colony ship DrieAnn from a Krill attack, Grayson's crewmates rescue her and lead a group of Reformers to the alien ship's bridge. An ancient video recording from Captain Jahavus Dorahl (played by Liam Neeson) reveals that it is a generation ship disabled by an ion storm. Isaac initiates repairs and opens the hull's window, enabling the populace to see stars for the first time, moving even Hamelac. Mercer arranges for Union staff to train the inhabitants to operate their ship. Meanwhile, Klyden grows frustrated that Bortus's duties leave him little time for family.|
|5||5||"Pria"||Jonathan Frakes||Seth MacFarlane||October 5, 2017||1LAB05||3.43|
|The Orville rescues Captain Pria Levesque (played by Charlize Theron) from her imperiled mining ship. The beautiful Pria charms the crew and romances Mercer. Grayson grows suspicious of Pria, and enlists Kitan to investigate. They discover a mysterious device hidden in Pria's quarters. Using the device that she integrated into the ship's systems, Pria hijacks the Orville, navigating it out of a dark matter storm. Pria is a time-traveling 29th-century artifact dealer. History records that the storm destroyed the Orville, which Pria transports to the future via a wormhole to sell it to a collector; the crew is to live out their lives in the 29th century. Isaac transfers his consciousness to the ship's computer and regains control, enabling Malloy to return the Orville to its own time. Mercer orders the wormhole's destruction causing Pria to vanish as if she had never existed. Meanwhile, Malloy pranks Isaac by sticking Mr. Potato Head pieces on his head and encourages him to retaliate with his own practical joke, a concept unfamiliar to Isaac, who responds by cutting off Malloy's leg (which is subsequently quickly regrown).|
|6||6||"Krill"||Jon Cassar||David A. Goodman||October 12, 2017||1LAB06||3.37|
|After recovering an intact Krill shuttle, Mercer and Malloy are ordered to pose as Krill soldiers to board one of their vessels and obtain a copy of the Ankhana, a sacred religious text ("the Krill Bible" as it's described) via which the Krill believe by divine right they are superior to all other species in the universe. Mercer and Malloy are forced to change priorities after learning the Krill plan to detonate a powerful bomb over a remote Union colony. Rather than destroy the bomb, and therefore the ship, they exploit the Krill's natural weakness to sunlight to eliminate the crew while sparing a classroom of children and their teacher, a female Krill named Teleya. She warns Mercer that his actions will only reinforce the Krill's hatred for the Union.|
|7||7||"Majority Rule"||Tucker Gates||Seth MacFarlane||October 26, 2017||1LAB07||4.18|
|Grayson and an undercover team land on Sargas 4, a planet with a culture similar to 21st-century Earth, to search for two missing anthropologists. LaMarr is arrested after what is considered inappropriate public behavior and receives more than a million "down" votes by viewers watching a televised clip of the film footage. LaMarr must persuade the public to pardon him or else be subjected to "treatment" for his actions. Meanwhile, Alara and Claire locate one of the missing anthropologists who is in an irreversible lobotomized state. With LaMarr facing a final vote to determine his guilt, Mercer brings one of the planet's inhabitants, Lysella, aboard the Orville after she witnesses Alara's true appearance. She explains that the "Master Feed" works by the public watching the film footage and then mass voting on it. Isaac is able to hack into the planet's system and upload doctored sympathetic images of LaMarr that narrowly swings the vote in his favor. LaMarr and the crew return to the ship and depart. Lysella decides against taking part in a public vote, contemplating the advice the Orville crew gave her about the difference between opinion and knowledge.|
|8||8||"Into the Fold"||Brannon Braga||Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis||November 2, 2017||1LAB08||3.83|
|While traveling to a recreational planet in a shuttle, Isaac, Finn, and her sons, Marcus and Ty, fall into a spatial fold, and crash land on a planet a thousand light-years away from their original location. The planet, devastated by famine and disease, is populated by cannibals. During the landing, the shuttle breaks in half, separating Finn from the others. She is captured by a survivalist named Drogen. While she works to escape, Isaac, unfamiliar with the care of human children, is forced to protect Ty and Marcus while simultaneously attempting to repair the shuttle's communication systems and send a distress signal. Ty becomes ill with the planet's indigenous disease. After Finn kills Drogen and reunites with the others, Isaac and Marcus hold off a cannibal attack long enough for the Orville to rescue them. After Finn cures Ty's infection, Isaac tells her that, for all the children's faults, he still thinks of them fondly.|
|9||9||"Cupid's Dagger"||Jamie Babbit||Liz Heldens||November 9, 2017||1LAB09||3.69|
|The Orville is dispatched to mediate talks between the Navarians and the Bruidians, two alien species at a centuries-old stalemate over which race lays proper claim over the planet Lapovius. Also assigned to the matter is Darulio (Rob Lowe), the Retepsian whose affair with Grayson a year prior ended her marriage to Mercer. He will scan an ancient artifact from the planet for DNA to reveal which species was the original inhabitant. Unbeknownst to the crew, Darulio secretes a powerful sex pheromone during his mating cycle which affects the crew, resulting in trysts between Darulio and Grayson, Darulio and Mercer, and Finn and Yaphit. The affected officers are incapacitated, causing the Navarian and Bruidian delegates to cancel the mediation, and a full-scale battle in orbit around the planet ensues. To avert the crisis, Darulio and Alara expose the ambassadors to a modified version of the pheromone, causing a temporary mutual infatuation that prompts a ceasefire. DNA test results reveal that the planet's inhabitants were common ancestors to both species, legitimizing a mutual claim to the planet. When Grayson asks Darulio if he was in heat when they had their tryst, he says, "maybe".|
|10||10||"Firestorm"||Brannon Braga||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong||November 16, 2017||1LAB10||3.32|
|When Lt. Payne is trapped beneath debris during a plasma storm, Alara's pyrophobia causes her to hesitate, resulting in his death. Blaming herself, she tenders her resignation, which Mercer declines. He suggests she discover the source of her fear. Her parents (Robert Picardo and Molly Hagan) tell her that when she was an infant, her mother fell asleep while cradling her when a kitchen fire broke out. Alara's cries awoke her mother in time. Soon, the Orville encounters strange phenomena, including a scary clown, a giant spider that devours Malloy, and murderous versions of Finn and Isaac. It is revealed that Alara is in the holographic simulator. She ordered Isaac to create a program to simulate all her potential fears. Finn erased her short-term memory to ensure an authentic reaction to the program. She completes the program, but Mercer threatens to court martial her for invoking Directive 38 (allowing the chief of security to override the captain's clearance) to prevent anyone from prematurely aborting the simulation. He decides to be lenient, impressed by Alara's ability to overcome every obstacle.|
|11||11||"New Dimensions"||Kelly Cronin||Seth MacFarlane||November 30, 2017||1LAB11||3.63|
|With Lt. Newton leaving the Orville, Mercer must find a new chief engineer. Although Yaphit is next in line for the position, Cmdr. Grayson discovers that LaMarr has been concealing his intellectual gifts, stemming from his wanting to be accepted by his childhood peers while growing up. Grayson convinces Mercer to assign LaMarr to lead an engineering team assignment in order to evaluate him as a candidate. When Mercer learns that Grayson similarly advocated for Admiral Halsey to consider him for the Orville's captaincy, he becomes wracked with doubt and resentment. Grayson insists that he received the position on merit alone. Halsey confirms that Mercer's performance has borne this out. Meanwhile, the Orville encounters a thief with a cache of plasma rifles stolen from the Krill. He is killed when he passes into a region of two-dimensional space. To elude the Krill pursuers, the Orville takes refuge in that region. When the protective quantum bubble around the ship begins to fail, LaMarr rises to the occasion, and he and Yaphit help the ship escape the realm. LaMarr is made chief engineer and promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander.|
|12||12||"Mad Idolatry"||Brannon Braga||Seth MacFarlane||December 7, 2017||1LAB13||3.54|
|Grayson leads a shuttle team that crashes on a suddenly appearing planet with a Bronze Age society. After leaving, the crew discovers that the planet phases in to the universe for a short period every 11 days as 700 years passes on the planet. They discover that their first visit has resulted in a religion that worships Kelly Grayson and has since grown into a theocracy resembling Earth's middle ages. Admiral Ozawa reprimands Mercer for omitting mention of the contamination, and orders no further contact with the planet. Mercer and Grayson defy this order by returning to the planet to reveal the truth to the society's religious leader, but a subordinate assassinates him. By the planet's next appearance, its society is comparable to early-21st-century Earth, with religious bickering and strife. Resolving to end the suffering, Isaac stays on the planet when it phases out, spending 700 years with them. When the planet reemerges, it has progressed to interstellar space travel, and two of its representatives return Isaac to the Orville where they inform the crew that despite the tumultuous effect his arrival created, its society evolved away from worshiping Cmdr. Grayson. They suggest that as they progress over millennia ahead, they may study the Union.|
The first season of The Orville was met with a negative response from critics albeit a more positive response from audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a 30% approval rating from critics, with an average rating of 5.2/10 based on 53 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "An odd jumble of campiness and sincerity, homage, and satire, The Orville never quite achieves liftoff." On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it has a score of 36 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
|1||"Old Wounds"||September 10, 2017||2.7/9||8.56||—||—||—||—|
|2||"Command Performance"||September 17, 2017||2.2/8||6.63||0.9||2.42||3.1||9.05|
|3||"About a Girl"||September 21, 2017||1.1/4||4.05||—||—||—||—|
|4||"If the Stars Should Appear"||September 28, 2017||1.1/4||3.70||1.0||3.11||2.1||6.81|
|5||"Pria"||October 5, 2017||0.9/3||3.43||1.2||3.35||2.1||6.79|
|6||"Krill"||October 12, 2017||1.0/4||3.37||1.1||3.32||2.1||6.69|
|7||"Majority Rule"||October 26, 2017||1.2/5||4.18||1.1||3.11||2.3||7.29|
|8||"Into the Fold"||November 2, 2017||1.0/4||3.83||1.0||2.89||2.0||6.72|
|9||"Cupid's Dagger"||November 9, 2017||1.0/4||3.69||1.1||3.01||2.1||6.70|
|10||"Firestorm"||November 16, 2017||0.9/3||3.32||1.0||2.83||1.9||6.13|
|11||"New Dimensions"||November 30, 2017||0.9/3||3.63||1.0||2.86||1.9||6.49|
|12||"Mad Idolatry"||December 7, 2017||0.9/4||3.54||1.0||2.97||1.9||6.53|
Awards and nominations
|2018||International Film Music Critics Association Awards||Best Original Score for Television||Bruce Broughton, John Debney, Joel McNeely, Andrew Cottee||Won|||
|Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards||Best Special Make-Up Effects – Television and New Media Series||Howard Berger, Tami Lane, Garrett Immel||Nominated|||
|Publicists Guild Awards||Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Television Award||Erin Moody||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards (44th)||Best Science Fiction Television Series||The Orville||Won|||
|Best Actor on Television||Seth MacFarlane||Nominated|
|Best Actress on Television||Adrianne Palicki||Nominated|
Home media release
The season was released on DVD on December 11, 2018.
The soundtrack album for season 1 was released by La-La Land Records on January 22, 2019.
|1.||"The Orville Main Title"||Bruce Broughton||1:04|
|2.||"Shuttle to the Ship"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||1:54|
|3.||"She Requested It / Departing for Landing"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||1:09|
|4.||"Krill Attack / Shuttle Escape"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||4:14|
|5.||"Emergency Docking"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||2:27|
|6.||"Kelly Has a Plan / Asking Kelly to Stay"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||3:51|
|7.||"The Bio-Ship / Exploring the Hull"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:22|
|8.||"Exploring the Bio-Ship"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:45|
|9.||"Finding Alara / Space Battle"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:53|
|10.||"Dorahl / The Roof Opens"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||4:05|
|11.||"Distress Signal Received / Alara Freaks Out / Explosion"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||5:54|
|12.||"Alara Gets the Cold Shoulder / Approaching Calivon"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||3:52|
|13.||"Extermination Process Continues / Bortus Hatches His Egg"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||2:39|
|14.||"Western Simulation"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:01|
|15.||"Asteroid Destroyed / Relieved of Duty"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:07|
|16.||"Arriving on Moclus"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:42|
|17.||"Trip to the Mountains"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||2:15|
|18.||"Tribunal Adjourned / Epilogue"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||3:27|
|19.||"Rescuing Pria"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||3:51|
|20.||"Searching Pria's Room / Dark Matter Storm / Navigating the Storm"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||4:06|
|21.||"Approaching the Coordinates / Isaac Saves the Crew"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||3:19|
|22.||"Pria's Theme"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||1:41|
|23.||"Distress Call"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||1:29|
|24.||"Krill Attack the Orville"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:49|
|25.||"Bomb Found"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||4:54|
|26.||"Intruder Alert / Preparing the Weapon"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:59|
|27.||"Turning on the Lights / New Enemies"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:29|
|1.||"Lysella Wakes Up / Looks Like Earth / Rescue Mission"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||1:39|
|2.||"John Gets Arrested / Alara Seems Suspicious"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||2:05|
|3.||"Ed Has a Plan"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||1:33|
|4.||"Bringing Lysella Aboard / Casting the Votes / Their World Can Do Better"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||6:06|
|5.||"Sucked In"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||2:44|
|6.||"Claire Breaks Out"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:26|
|7.||"The Fight"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:21|
|8.||"Claire Returns to the Wreck"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||2:11|
|9.||"The Attack"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:55|
|10.||"Claire Thanks Isaac"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:21|
|11.||"Archaeologist Arrives / Claire Visits Yaphit / Claire Kisses Yaphit"||John Debney||Cupid's Dagger (1LAB09)||3:12|
|12.||"Fleets Approach / War Before Peace / Cleared for Duty / Darulio Departs"||John Debney||Cupid's Dagger (1LAB09)||4:38|
|13.||"Plasma Storm / It Was Late Evening"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||3:08|
|14.||"Alara Blows off Steam / There Was a Clown"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||3:04|
|15.||"Alara Hallucinates / Deserted Ship"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||6:55|
|16.||"Cannot End Simulation / Back to Normal"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||4:03|
|17.||"Damage Report / What Happened to the Plants?"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:00|
|18.||"Krill Ships Approaching"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:30|
|19.||"Within the Anomaly / Time to Reflect / Quantum Bubble Is Deteriorating"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:25|
|20.||"Engaging Tractor Beam"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:17|
|21.||"Mission Complete / Commander Lamarr"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:48|
|22.||"Investigating an Anomaly"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||1:09|
|23.||"Emergency Landing"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||3:41|
|24.||"Searching the Planet"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||2:38|
|25.||"Walking Through Town"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||2:21|
|26.||"Spread the Word"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||1:17|
|27.||"Isaac Steps Up / Civilization Restored"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||3:14|
|28.||"The Orville End Titles"||Bruce Broughton||0:34|
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