Brannon Braga, the executive producer of The Orville, and co-producer Tom Constantino have discussed the unexpected abortion controversy that aired in the third season of the sci-fi show.
In episode four, 'Gently Falling Rain,' it's revealed that the Krill adamantly seek to deter abortion by forcing couples to interact with a simulated version of their unborn children.
The episode was aired the day before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, deciding that the right to an abortion no longer exists, but Braga and Constantino have explained that the timing was solely coincidental.
Braga was asked if the long journey to season three had an influence on some of the show's plotlines at San Diego Comic-Con, and he replied: "No."
"Not at all, some of the scripts were written 2.5 years ago. It was a coincidence that the episode about abortion occurred during the Roe vs Wade debate!"
Constantino explained that they had made a reference to the pandemic because it had taken place so long before the season was scheduled to air.
"What changed is that we had more time to work on the episodes and treated them as feature films," said the doctor. "In Episode 6 'Twice in a Lifetime,' where they visit 2025, we made a direct reference to the epidemic [only because it was two years old; it would be weird not to say it."
The actor said of a paper by Karl Sagan and Ann Druyan on Roe v. Wade, which he wrote from a scientific standpoint, breaking down the biology of how abortion works and concluding that the specifics of Roe v. Wade are irrelevant, but the particularities of it are deliberate and make a lot of sense.
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Season 3 of The Orville is now available on Hulu in the United States, while in the United Kingdom, you can watch it on Disney+.