The Orville: New Horizons Season 3 Episode 6 Review - Twice in a Lifetime (2023)

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This review of The Orville: New Horizons contains spoilers.

When season 3 of The Orville started, it was difficult to tell in which direction it may head. It had been several years since the second season ended, it had changed networks, and even got a fresh new title. Now that we are more than half way through the season, Seth MacFarlane and his creative team have shown that those “New Horizons” mean that The Orville is clearly not finished finding itself. Season 2 was a massive shift in terms of tone and dramatic storytelling, and so far, season 3 seems to be pushing that dramatic envelope even more.

The first five episodes of the season have already dealt with heavy topics such as suicide, xenophobia, abortion, and gender identity. Yet MacFarlane always knew the true power of the show resided in the characters. “Twice in a Lifetime” proves that as one of the most personal and touching stories the show has told.

Lieutenant Malloy (Scott Grimes) is hosting a gathering in his quarters, and as the audience joins the party, we hear him playing a familiar song on his guitar. Malloy sings the song performed by Laura (Leighton Meester), a former “girlfriend.” Laura was introduced in last season’s “Lasting Impressions” where the crew of The Orville open up a time capsule from 2015, and Malloy becomes infatuated with Laura through the information left on her cell phone. He extrapolates and synthesizes what she would be like from her pictures, texts and emails, and in the end, falls in love with the simulation.

Ensign Burke (Anne Winters) finds the cell phone that Malloy had synthesized to text back and forth with the simulation of Laura. He begins to reminisce about his former love, but eventually, much like the “relationship,” he shakes it off with a smile and takes a selfie with Burke and Bortus (Peter Macon).

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The next day, in the science lab, Lamaar (J. Lee) and Isaac (Mark Jackson) inform Captain Mercer (MacFarlane) about how they’ve seemingly perfected the “Aaronov Device,” a cone shaped mechanism that can create a temporal field. Lamaar shows everyone how they can now send something through time, demonstrating on Malloy’s egg salad sandwich and sending it 10 seconds into the past.

What was interesting about the chronological theory of this episode is how it really set up the fact there are no rules about time traveling. MacFarlane wrote the episode (which has been happening quite often this season) and it was a clever, albeit devious way of letting the audience know any paradoxes that might come up as a result of time travel are inconsequential. The egg salad sandwich was a perfect homage to the convenient Bill and Ted school of time travel, where Lamaar merely says, “I’m going to send this sandwich back 10 second from now” and it instantly appears.

While the episode was often shrunken down in scope, the opening act played like a blockbuster. The massive scope and stunning visual effects were on full display as The Orville was given a convoy of Union ships to escort them to a space station, where the Aaronov device would be safe. When they arrive, the station is destroyed, and a fleet of Kaylons begin attacking the convoy in order to take the device.

In the chaos, Malloy volunteers to run down to the lab to destroy it, to ensure a powerful tool like that is never in the hands of their enemies. As he does, The Orville unleashes a massive blast from their quantum drive to try and shake free from a Kaylon tractor beam, and Malloy is sent flying in a flurry of multi-dimensional time distortions.

After the escape, they realize that Malloy is missing, and as they begin to unravel what might have happened to him, they receive a message that has been traveling to their coordinates for nearly 400 years. It is Malloy. He has been sent back to 2015, is now trapped in time, and seeks rescue. In a tragic turn (yet foreseeable, considering MacFarlane’s warning that time travel is not an exact science) The Orville travels back only to miss their mark by about a decade. When they arrive in 2025 and find Malloy, he is already acclimated, and more importantly, has found the real Laura. The two of them are married, have a young son named Edward (Jackson Hill), and another child on the way.

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The story is not about the massive, universal, political subtext that many of the previous episodes this season have dealt with, it is merely about Malloy’s family. It’s easily one of the most devastatingly emotional episodes the show has produced. Much like previous episodes, someone has to make a hard decision to do the right thing. Does Malloy give up his family and come back with his crew to the future? Does he take his family with him? Can Mercer allow any of that to happen? Those questions expertly drive the conflict between Mercer and Malloy, but ultimately don’t matter. That isn’t necessarily a criticism either. The thinly veiled morality of these questions are so foreign and outlandish to anyone watching that it becomes clear the science-fictional components aren’t meant to be relatable. It’s the dynamic between friends, and what these characters must do in an impossible situation, that are at the heart of this story.

Seeing Malloy tell Mercer to “shut up” and the resentment that Malloy feels being abandoned for a decade, only to have his friend say he has to leave, is captivating. Grimes perfectly conveys the pain and anger he feels towards the situation, and this episode is undoubtedly one of his strongest performances. MacFarlane as well, who has been flexing his surprisingly strong dramatic muscles this season, embodies the inner conflict he feels when his duty as an officer to protect the timeline clashes with his best friend’s happiness.

Fans may or may not enjoy the “road trip” B-plot with Isaac and Burke, but it was the perfect time for their story to evolve. The two (again conveniently) were the only ones who could mine for The Orville’s fuel, Dysonium, and so began a trek to find a deposit and drill for enough to get the ship home.

Yes, the script for this episode at times took one too many shortcuts. It wasn’t merely the time-travel science being swept under the rug, but Burke’s ability to “plot in four dimensions” has already been used as a crutch too often. While the two are being forced to work together, the audience is also forced to believe the contrivance that puts them side by side for this subplot to exist. The writing wasn’t necessarily as nuanced as the main storyline, but it did still have worthwhile moments. The house in which they eventually find the Dysonium appeared to be the same house Marty McFly’s family owned in Back to the Future, and even if it weren’t the actual house, that was a great homage to arguably the greatest time travel story put to film.

The thread of forgiveness in this subplot was dealt with in a much different way between Malloy and Mercer. Burke still harbors a deep seated hatred for Isaac and the Kaylons, and while he did extend an olive branch, and thanked her for the help she gave in the premiere, there’s clearly a lot of work left to be done before Burke sees Isaac as a separate entity from the Kaylon collective. As mentioned, while it certainly isn’t the strongest aspect of the story, the character dynamic between Burke and Isaac did need to progress, even if it is merely baby-steps at this point.

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“Lasting Impressions” has been a fan-favorite episode ever since it debuted, and that is undoubtedly because fans love to see Malloy happy. “Twice in a Lifetime” is a devastating follow-up. Malloy had what he always wanted, with his dream woman, and many viewers, including this reviewer, shared his anger when he was being forced to give it up – timeline be damned. The conclusion of the episode felt like a gut-punch simply because of how conveniently it was wrapped up, drama swept under the rug for a return to the aforementioned affableness and everyone forgiving themselves and each other (aside from Burke maintaining her hatred). It felt like a disservice to the writing up to this point.

“Twice in a Lifetime” will certainly be remembered for conveying the same level of heartache which made “Lasting Impressions” such a highlight of season 2. It was a brilliant examination of Mercer and Malloy’s friendship, it challenged us as viewers, and while it had massive battle sequences, passionate make-out sessions between lead characters, and glittering time travel effects, it will be remembered for its smaller, more intimate moments. Moments where we realized, it’s not the Dysonium that runs The Orville, it’s the characters we care about.

FAQs

Why was Charlie killed off the Orville? ›

In an interview with TVLine, MacFarlane explained why he chose to fit the entire storyline and Charly's death into one episode rather than spread it out over several, which is what made it all the more shocking to viewers.

Is there going to be a season 4 of the Orville? ›

Production on The Orville season four hasn't started yet, but if a renewal comes soon, then new episodes might end up appearing as early as 2024.

Does Malloy go back to the Orville? ›

With everyone safely back on the Orville, they return to 2015 and rescue Malloy, who at this point is obviously very happy to see them.

Was Johnny Knoxville on the Orville? ›

The Cameo: Jack McBrayer and Johnny Knoxville make a cameo appearance as the stars of the Show Within a Show that Gordon and his family are watching.

Why was Ensign Burke killed? ›

It was Ensign Charly Burke, played by series newcomer Anne Winters, who sacrificed her life to save the Kaylon.

How old is Anaya The Orville? ›

Mercer and Teleya's daughter, Anaya, is a beautiful girl with huge eyes, and in the year, year-and-a-half since she was born, has grown to the size and maturity of a human nine-year-old.

Is The Orville a Star Trek parody? ›

But mostly... it's almost a direct ripoff of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The keyword being: almost. The show is intentionally an homage to The Next Generation (or TNG), made in an attempt to fill in the hole the classic show left on television.

Why did Halston Sage leave The Orville series? ›

Though the Orville's chief medical officer Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald, 24) developed a treatment that would allow Alara to recover while remaining aboard the ship, she decided to stay on Xelaya, resulting in Halston Sage leaving the show.

Is The Orville Star Trek? ›

Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi small screen epic, The Orville — now streaming its third season on Hulu as The Orville: New Horizons — is one of the strangest experiments on television. It's a virtual copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a loving homage to that series, and a strong show in its own right.

Does Gordon actually sing in The Orville? ›

Scott Grimes did his own singing (as opposed to lip syncing another singer's voice) in Gordon's farewell song to Isaac.

What happens to Gordon in The Orville? ›

In the original timeline, Gordon died in late 2419 when the USS Orville was destroyed in a dark matter storm.

What is Dysonium? ›

Dysonium was a transuranic element and the chief power source for space-flight vessels in the early 25th century. Dysonium was most commonly found in nature as microscopic crystals in rare minerals present throughout the galaxy.

Who plays Topa on The Orville Season 3? ›

With the emergence of these “New Horizons” came an influx of new cast members, most notable among them being Topa, played by Imani Pullum. Throughout season 3, Topa and the young actress who plays her has had the entire weight of the show thrust on their shoulders more than once.

Who played Priya in The Orville? ›

Charlize Theron guest stars as the titular Pria Lavesque, a time-travelling antiques dealer determined to steal the USS Orville for private collectors in the future.

Who plays the union president on The Orville? ›

Murray Abraham is an actor who portrays the Xelayan Chairman of the Planetary Union Council in The Orville Episode 2x12: Sanctuary.

Who passed away from Orville? ›

TVLine spoke with Orville creator/on-screen captain Seth MacFarlane about Season 3's drama-free finale, the action-packed episode that preceded it, Charly's death, and the visual effects that blew him away this season.

Who plays Charlie in the Orville season 3? ›

Anne Winters: Ensign Charly Burke

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Is season 3 of the Orville the last season? ›

It streams on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally (seasons 1&2 only). Filming began in October 2019 but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and production ultimately completed in August 2021.
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Did Ed sleep with Teleya? ›

Gordon asks them what they think about Laura and it becomes clear that he is obsessed about her. Gordon takes offense and argues that Laura is "as real as Isaac." Angry, he points out that Ed slept with Teleya, a Krill spy, another woman who was "not real."

Does Teleya love Ed? ›

As Janel, Teleya worked toward a position aboard the Orville as its new dark matter cartographer and began a romantic relationship with Ed in August 2420.

Who does Ed Mercer end up with? ›

Ed began dating Kelly Grayson, an officer several years his junior, in 2414. Ed and Kelly married later that same year and rented an apartment in New York City, New York.

Does Seth MacFarlane like Star Trek? ›

The Orville, created by Seth MacFarlane, was originally called a Star Trek spoof. Even though Seth MacFarlane is a fan of Star Trek, he created a stand alone series that has brought in its own fans over the years.

Why is Orville so good? ›

But the reason The Orville works so well is because despite all the flashy effects, it remains grounded with its characters. By focusing intensely on the core cast of 6-7 main characters, we get these years-long arcs that really pay off with continued investment.

Why was The Orville renamed? ›

Now MacFarlane himself is opening up about the reasoning for the name change, and why it works for the new direction the show is taking on its new streaming home. Speaking to Collider, MacFarlane explained where the idea came from for adding New Horizons to The Orville's name.

Who plays Kara's sister on The Orville? ›

Adrianne Palicki
BornAdrianne Lee Palicki May 6, 1983 Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress model
Years active2003–present
SpouseScott Grimes ​ ​ ( m. 2019; sep. 2020)​
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Will Alara come back to The Orville season 3? ›

Alara Made An Unexpected Appearance

The Orville: New Horizons had a surprise for fans in the Season 3 finale, as an unexpected guest at the wedding surprised the crew. Alara, played by actress Halston Sage, made her return for the first time this season to attend Claire's wedding.

What did Isaac do on The Orville? ›

Isaac is an artificial lifeform who was programmed to turn against his companions at the end of season 2, kicking off an intergalactic war with the robotic Kaylon. However, at the last moment, Isaac turned the tides and helped his fellow Orville crew members save the day…for now.

Why is The Orville ship shaped like that? ›

And just as on the various Star Trek shows, the shuttle on The Orville was constructed as a full-size prop so that actors could be shown entering and exiting it while it sits either in the Orville shuttlebay or on an outdoor location representing a planet surface.

Is Star Trek and The Orville connected? ›

The Orville is not a part of the Star Trek universe. It is a different show, though it has common elements with Star Trek. Creator Seth MacFarlane was inspired by Star Trek and its elements while creating the series. But officially, The Orville is a different show altogether.

How do Moclans reproduce? ›

Reproduction and development

Moclans reproduced by laying eggs. Bortus commented that laying eggs was "much easier" than Regorian and human childbirth. Their gestation period was remarkably brief for such an advanced life form, only 21 days, and required the parent to sit on the egg until it hatched.

Do Isaac and Claire get together? ›

Following the end of the Kaylon conflict, Isaac proposed to Claire who accepted. The two were married by Ed Mercer in the Environmental Simulator with all of their friends and even the entire Kaylon race present.

Are Scott Grimes and Seth MacFarlane friends? ›

Scott Grimes is an American actor who plays the Human Helmsman Gordon Malloy on The Orville. Grimes had been friends with creator Seth MacFarlane for twenty years prior to joining The Orville, and MacFarlane wrote the role of Gordon with him in mind.

Do Bortus and Klyden stay together? ›

In their quarters, Klyden and Bortus reconciled for the good of the child, whom they named Topa.

Do Claire and Isaac marry? ›

The wedding of Claire Finn and Isaac was held within an Environmental Simulator aboard the USS Orville, set to an idyllic forest setting. The ceremony was performed by Captain Ed Mercer, with the power as a ship's captain bestowed upon him by the Planetary Union.

Who gets married on The Orville season 3? ›

Isaac and Claire's wedding is the happy ending to season 3's Kaylon war arc, one that beautifully ties up Isaac's own character arc. Throughout The Orville season 3, he's faced bullying and prejudice from members of the crew for being Kaylon, despite how he saved everyone's lives.

How did The Orville end? ›

Following the devastating events of the previous action-packed episode, "Domino," The Orville's season 3 finale is a smaller, more character-driven piece. It opens with the marriage renewal of Bortus (Peter Macon) and Klyden (Chad L. Coleman) and ends with the wedding of long-term human/android couple Claire and Isaac.

Is Quantum drive faster than warp drive? ›

Bormanis first discussed specifics of the quantum drive in September 20, 2017, ten days after the show premiered: We have a faster-than-light drive system, which we call quantum drive as opposed to warp drive (the idea being that space, at the deepest level, is quantized, like the energy levels in atoms,....

How fast is quantum speed the Orville? ›

The ship hosted a quantum drive capable of brief spurts of speeds [n 1] over 10 light years per hour. in 2422 the ship was upgraded with its speed now at 17 light years per hour.

Do they have transporters on the Orville? ›

Spoilers (1) Although much of the technology used by the Union is similar to that seen on the various Star Trek series, there is one major omission: transporters and other means of teleportation.

Is Topa male or female? ›

Topa was the Moclan child of Bortus and Klyden, hatched from an egg laid and incubated by Bortus. Originally female, the Moclan government surgically changed Topa's sex to male shortly after birth. Years later, Topa underwent a procedure to return to female.

Was Bortus born female? ›

Klyden is stunned that Bortus wishes to raise their child as a female. Klyden is adamant that she will be an outcast in Moclan society; he confides in Bortus that he too was born female.

Why did The Orville get Cancelled? ›

More Stories By Tom. UPDATED with latest: The press line at tonight's season 3 premiere event for Hulu's series The Orville: New Horizons has been canceled in light of yesterday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas which killed 19 children and two adults.

Who does Kelly date on The Orville? ›

Adrianne Palicki's Kelly and MacFarlane's Ed haven't made any major strides in advancing their relationship on a romantic level in Season 3 of The Orville, and it might very well stay that way.

Is there going to be a season 4 of The Orville? ›

Production on The Orville season four hasn't started yet, but if a renewal comes soon, then new episodes might end up appearing as early as 2024.

What year is The Orville set in? ›

The series premiere opens with Kelly Grayson's affair in the fall of 2418 before jumping to September 2419 when Ed Mercer becomes captain of the USS Orville. The show briefly enters the 29th century in Pria. Season 1 concludes in April or May of 2420.

Does the Krill join the union? ›

A peace shattered. In 2422, the Krill and the Union leadership were in final negotiations for a treaty. These were led by the Krill Supreme Chancellor, Korin, and Union President Alcuzan. Hosted by the Orville, the group proceeded to Krill for the signing of the treaty.

How old is Anaya The Orville? ›

Mercer and Teleya's daughter, Anaya, is a beautiful girl with huge eyes, and in the year, year-and-a-half since she was born, has grown to the size and maturity of a human nine-year-old.

Why did they replace Alara on The Orville? ›

Alara Kitan leaves the Orville for her home planet of Xelaya in Season 2's third episode, Home. Her departure was necessitated by the real-world departure of actress Halston Sage; who had left the series for unknown reasons.

Who passed away from Orville? ›

TVLine spoke with Orville creator/on-screen captain Seth MacFarlane about Season 3's drama-free finale, the action-packed episode that preceded it, Charly's death, and the visual effects that blew him away this season.

Did Isaac leave The Orville? ›

He briefly deactivated in January 2421 and resigned his commission upon reactivation. After the Battle of Earth in February, Isaac returned to serve on the Bridge of the Orville, but was never officially recommissioned as a Union officer.

Is season 3 of The Orville the last season? ›

It streams on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally (seasons 1&2 only). Filming began in October 2019 but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and production ultimately completed in August 2021.
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Who plays Charlie in The Orville season 3? ›

Anne Winters: Ensign Charly Burke

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Why did Halston Sage leave The Orville series? ›

Though the Orville's chief medical officer Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald, 24) developed a treatment that would allow Alara to recover while remaining aboard the ship, she decided to stay on Xelaya, resulting in Halston Sage leaving the show.

What happens to Yaphit? ›

In the original timeline where Pria Lavesque never saved the Orville from a dark matter storm, Yaphit was killed along with the rest of the crew.

How did The Orville end? ›

Following the devastating events of the previous action-packed episode, "Domino," The Orville's season 3 finale is a smaller, more character-driven piece. It opens with the marriage renewal of Bortus (Peter Macon) and Klyden (Chad L. Coleman) and ends with the wedding of long-term human/android couple Claire and Isaac.

Does Isaac Love Claire? ›

Their relationship then took an unexpected leap forward when Isaac briefly gained the ability to feel emotions and Claire experienced firsthand how deeply he truly loved her, despite normally not being able to express it Towards the end of 2422, Isaac observed the Moclans Bortus and Klyden performing the Commencement ...

Does Isaac ever get emotions? ›

Unfortunately, Isaac's newfound emotions don't stick. The moment where he realizes they're gone, right as he dips Claire while the two dance, is heartbreaking. It turns out that while Timmis was constructed by the Kaylon's original builders, Isaac was built by other Kaylon.

When did Topa become a girl? ›

In 2422, Klyden left his mate and daughter in a rage after Topa transitioned from male to female, after she discovered she was forced to be a male her entire life.

Is Seth MacFarlane done with The Orville? ›

Seth MacFarlane isn't done with The Orville: New Horizons.

The special effects have reached epic proportions thanks to the series being moved to Hulu, and overall, The Orville just feels like it has finally found its place in the streaming world.

Why is Orville so good? ›

But the reason The Orville works so well is because despite all the flashy effects, it remains grounded with its characters. By focusing intensely on the core cast of 6-7 main characters, we get these years-long arcs that really pay off with continued investment.

Why was Orville renamed? ›

Now MacFarlane himself is opening up about the reasoning for the name change, and why it works for the new direction the show is taking on its new streaming home. Speaking to Collider, MacFarlane explained where the idea came from for adding New Horizons to The Orville's name.

How old is Anne Winters? ›

How many episodes are in Orville season 3? ›

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