Season 3 Episode 10 Review of The Orville: New Horizons Future Unknown

Season 3 Episode 10 Review of The Orville: New Horizons Future Unknown ...

This review of The Orville: New Horizons contains spoilers.

The Orville: New Horizons Season 3 Episode 10

Future Unknown is a collection of episodes that encompasses so many aspects of what is happening on and off the screen in the Orville universe. Most importantly, the show is still waiting for Hulu and Disney to renew it. Yes, fans want to know what will happen in our reality, but there's also much to deal with within the fictional series.

After Domino's universe-shaking episode, there was a significant shift in the overall narrative. An uneasy peace was struck with the Kaylon, the Union faced a new antagonistic alliance, and, most importantly, we lost spitfire Ensign Charly Burke when she sacrificed herself to save the Kaylon race and, in turn, foster that fragile truce.

Future Unknown is primarily about Isaac (Mark Jackson) and how his marriage to Doctor Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald) may be successful throughout the series.

Isaac can be easily compared to Brent Spiner's iconic Data, who plays the sailor in The Orville, simply because it pushed the relationship into new territory. Both the actors and the writers do well to provide the emotionless Isaac moments of real connection and make the relationship worthwhile for viewers.

Despite the heartbreaking consequences of Claire's death and Isaac's eternal existence, Issac's desire to stay with the Finn family long after Claire passes is strangely sweet, and both should be commended for their rich (and often entirely different) performances, as well as for keeping the narrative interesting enough to continue the show.

The attraction of the Isaac/Claire relationship and the fact that their future is unknown is understandable, although it isnt that much of a challenge for viewers at this point, which the show hasnt been afraid to do for the majority of this season.

Future Unknown's main focus is wedding preparations, which are quickly overplayed. Granted, Isaac receiving terrible advice from John LaMaar (J Lee) only to have Claire confront John is wonderful, but then the humor with Bortus (Peter Macon) stealing the best man duties from Malloy (Scott Grimes) is at times childish. However, this episode was certainly enjoyable, and thus fulfilled its promise of irreverence.

Another rewind to the first seasons of Majority Rule is the plot thread that leads to this episode's strongest episode. Lysella (Giorgia Whigham) somehow calls The Orville from her home planet, Sargus 4, still rife with the metaphorical latent governing system that judges people on a social media type platform. She tells Mercer (MacFarlane) and Commander Grayson that things have not improved on her planet. She seeks asylum, and is granted it when

The only subplot in Future Unknown that has been a key element of this season's narrative is Lysella's attempt to adapt to the Union's way of life. It was another great example of how MacFarlane, a huge TNG fan, pushed the boundaries of that show even further, and used her supposed change of heart to steal cutting-edge Union technology blueprints. Gendal 3, by contrast, is an industrialized planet similar to Sargus 4, which is also not unlike our own.

Future Unknown is a clear allegory about how our world must come together and progress in productive ways.

Without this subplot, the episode would have felt light and sappy, perhaps even futile. Lysellas' story was a welcome Roddenberry-style parable that complemented the rest of the season, and yet it is also understandable why MacFarlane leaned in the direction of light-heartedness.

The final meaning of Future Unknown is obvious in relation to the show's fate. Both the audience and the show's creators are in the dark until Disney officially renews the program. What that ultimately did for this finale put MacFarlane, as both writer and director, in a tough position.

This review is also placed in a different situation: can the show be judged on its fan service moments, humor attempts, or a narrative line that doesn't really present any conflict or challenge? Is it unfair to compare it to the one from last weeks episode, which was probably one of the greatest of the show's run? Would Domino have been the season finale if the show had been renewed?

Future Unknown, due to its strange mix and the situation it finds itself in, feels like a mixed bag. There is genuine laughter, and the fan service is occasionally funny, including a return of Alara (Halston Sage), yet, with the future being completely unknown, there is a certain unease about how to appreciate this episode.