As we’re all impatiently waiting for a premiere date for season three of The Orville, we’re also thinking about things we’d like to see in the upcoming season. Or perhaps we felt like something was missing from the first two seasons, or there was too much of something that we think should be curtailed. Either way, we all have our wishes for the third season.
Dann, of an unidentified alien race, hasn’t appeared often on the series, but when he has, he’s added moments of levity that aren’t the usual type of humor. With his insecurities and attempts at optimism, he offers the perfect opportunity for The Orville to show a character’s growth. If Dann is made a more regular part of the show, he could gradually become more secure in his place and even emerge as an unlikely hero. And the term “sweetness” isn’t used nearly enough.
I know showing relationships aboard a ship is important, even dysfunctional ones, but Klyden’s penchant for sullenness, whining, and inability to accept others unlike himself and his son are a bit over the top. He doesn’t come across as a mate to Bortus as much as he does his mother. except for the few times when the two are shown as a team. Besides lessening his time onscreen, the writers could choose instead to make him an equal part of the marriage and even show some growth on his part by having him accept the crew.
This one is most likely not going to happen, considering Halston Sage, the actress who portrayed Alara, now has a main role on Prodigal Son, but she was one of the highlights in season one, and losing her in season two was really disappointing. She brought something to the crew besides just her strength. Her insecurities were appropriate for a woman of her age, and she didn’t have the self-assurance that Talla has. Considering both Kelly Grayson and Dr. Claire Finn are two very confident women, it was nice to see a mixture with Alara’s uncertainties.
Visits to new planets that aren’t hostile
The crew of The Orville needs to have some positive interactions with planets and other species. So far, their visits to Moclus, Kaylon, Sargas 4, and Regor 2 haven’t yielded much in positivity, and two of those planets are in the Union. It’d be great to see some first contacts that go well, even if there are bumps along the way.
More two-part episodes like Identity
Identity was the best of the best as far as I’m concerned. The two-part format allowed for a movie-type feel and really packed a lot in ninety or so minutes. Though the episodes will already be longer in season three, having more two-part episodes gives the crew a chance to expand on intense situations and have a big budget feel. One-off episodes just don’t have the same impact.
What are some of the things you’d like to see on season three of The Orville?