It's the most fun you're going to have this long weekend, but we're not going to demand you cancel your big weekend plans. That's ridiculous - you're not going to cancel your weekend plans for a TV show. But, you should pop on an episode on Saturday morning and watch a couple.
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"Just another one" you'll say before watching the next. And then the one after that. Pretty soon you'll regret not having cancelled your weekend plans because you have spent all of Saturday enjoying The Orville. Be sure to thank us later.
But maybe you do actually have plans. That doesn't mean you can't fit in The Orville on top. We've done the math. 12 episodes in the first season. A 3-day long weekend. That means you can very comfortably knock out 3 episodes each day and be ready for school/work on Tuesday without the need to cover your ears and shout "SPOILERS! SPOILERS".
So, get started with episode one now and you can thank us later.
Episode 1 - Old Wounds
It’s 2417, and the Planetary Union promotes Ed Mercer to Captain of the exploratory vessel The U.S.S. Orville. Ed’s enthusiasm for his new position is dampened when his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson, is assigned to be his First Officer. While on their first routine mission, the Orville crew is ambushed by the Krill, a vicious alien race, who are bent on stealing a device that can cause time to accelerate.
Episode 2 - Command Performance
When Ed and Kelly are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home, Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden receive some happy yet unexpected news.
Episode 3 - About a Girl
The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.
Episode 4 - If The Star Should Appear
Ed and the Orville crew encounter a massive vessel adrift in space, which is in danger of colliding with a star. While some of the crew set out to help the ship’s inhabitants, Bortus, Gordon, and John stay behind and fend off a Krill attack on another Union ship.
Episode 5 - Pria
After the crew saves a stranded ship and its attractive captain, Ed becomes smitten with the Orville’s new guest, while Kelly suspects all is not what it seems. Meanwhile, Gordon attempts to teach Isaac the art of pulling off a practical joke.
Episode 6 - Krill
After the Orville crew defeats a Krill attack on a brand-new colony, the Union sends Ed and Gordon on a dangerous undercover mission to infiltrate a Krill ship and obtain a copy of the Krill bible, the “Anhkana,” to better understand the enemy.
Episode 7 - The Majority Rule
When two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st century Earth, Ed sends a team led by Kelly to find them, but the mission quickly goes awry when they realise the society’s government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment.
Episode 8 - Into The Fold
Ed and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from the Orville.
Episode 9 - Cupid's Dagger
The Orville is called to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures, but tensions run even higher between Ed and Kelly when a familiar face boards the ship. Meanwhile, Yaphit declares his love for Dr. Finn - with surprising results.
Episode 10 - Firestorm
When a fire breaks out on The Orville and a crew member dies, Alara begins to question if she is fit for her job, just as unusual and terrifying things start happening on the ship.
Episode 11 - New Dimension
Kelly discovers that Lt. John Lamarr is smarter than he lets on. So, she pushes Ed to consider him for a key leadership position on the ship after the Orville gets damaged by a mysterious spatial anomaly causing harrowing effects to all things living.
Episode 12 - Mad Idolatry
Ed and Kelly seriously reconsider getting back together. However, while Kelly is on a mission with Isaac and Gordon to investigate the origins of an uncharted star, they suddenly crash-land on a planet from another universe. Kelly then makes a decision with unforeseen long-term consequences for the planet, putting Ed in a difficult position.
The Orville airs episodes every Monday night on SBS VICELAND at 9pm, but you can binge watch the entire first season now at SBS On Demand.