The potential season four renewal of The Orville is still a big question mark.
Though there have been some hopeful signs that news is forthcoming about The Orville, most recently with series star J. Lee’s cryptic messages on Twitter/X, viewers and fans are still in a holding pattern. And we have been for over a year. When Adrianne Palicki appeared on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast and was asked about the series, she responded by saying, “No, no longer doing that.” Some fans are taking that as clear evidence that the series isn’t returning, but that could simply mean that Palicki is bowing out of the show if it doesn’t get a renewal.
A potential way to continue the series if it doesn’t get renewed for live-action, though, would be through comic books, and while there are many fans of comic books, there are those viewers who simply want to see the action come alive on their screens. I’m one of them. Though I do enjoy comic books, I don’t get that sense of adventure and high-impact urgency that comes across onscreen.
Could comic books be The Orville’s season four?
Comic books can be a great way to continue cancelled series and/or expand a franchise as IDW Publishing has done with Star Trek. But not all television/streaming watchers are fans of reading comics. There were many loose ends when The Orville wrapped season three, and seeing them being addressed in comics would be disappointing.
That said, if the series is cancelled and the only way we get to see what happens to the crew in the future is in comics, I’m sure many of us will accept that. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but I would read the comics to find out what happens to Captain Ed Mercer and the rest of the amazing crew.
What do you think? Would comic books work for you, or do you definitely want an onscreen renewal?