The Mo clan mating rite, a friendly visitor, and a wedding that went off with almost no problems are how The Orville finished its first Hulu mission. Was that understated closer intentional? After all, “Domino,” a hilarious hour-plus that significantly changed Union alliances, featured much daring-do, and resulted in one crew member’s noble, heartbreaking sacrifice, came right after “Future Unknown.”
Seth MacFarlane, the show’s creator, and the on-screen captain spoke with TVLine about the drama-free Season 3 finale, the action-packed episode that came before it, Charly’s passing, and the stunning visual effects this season. (Be sure to read his most recent ideas on renewal and how Disney+ usage might have an impact.)
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In this instance, though, without knowing what the show’s future held, it seemed to be the only sane course of action and the only thing that would truly please. The difficult part was coming up with something that could serve as both a season finale that established potential new strands and, if we don’t return, a series conclusion.
I appreciate the concept of capping off with a character-focused statement. Because “Domino” really accentuates the best aspects of The Orville, I enjoy the concept of it serving as our penultimate episode and this one as our conclusion. Since there are so many sci-fi shows on the market and they all have fantastic production values and visual effects,
I believe what really sets us apart from the competition is the fact that we are, at our core, a character-driven program. Because you’re tuning in for the tales of the people, even if you take away all the amazing effects and explosions and confine all the individuals to small spaces, the stories will still work. Many sci-fi series with a major emphasis on special effects and blockbuster-style production values, in contrast to our mission statement, I believe, occasionally project that.
The choice to conclude on a topic involving humans was fitting for the franchise as a whole. That is due to two factors. We were never really sure how we were going to revisit “Majority Rule” (Season 1, Episode 7), an episode that kept coming up over and over again as a fan favorite because we had sort of made the point that we wanted to make about that planet (Sargus 4).
However, there is also the idea that Lysella is actually ourselves. The audience is Lysella in a number of ways. She serves as the Orville world’s audience and forces us to defend and explain the politics of this made-up society because she is curious and wants to know how anything is possible. As a result, we authors face the intriguing problem of having to explain how and why we have all these things,
Why we utilize them in the ways that we do, and how the political system of our world functions—which is often taken for granted in science fiction. Even in that episode, we hardly scraped the surface of the difficulty. In addition, Lella serves as the show’s actual audience. They love her. She’s the one saying, “Man, I’d much rather live in that world than the one I live in now,” when we’re all watching a sci-fi show. That is something she does say.
There was no way the climax could have topped “Domino” in terms of visuals, and at some point, you wonder, “What are we doing?” More fighting, more explosives… Despite what you may think, the show isn’t about that kind of thing. Giorgia Whigham, on the other hand, is clearly an excellent actress. Her performance in “Majority Rule” was remembered by everyone, and she did a great job in this episode as well.
As a result, many factors came into play. Majority Rule was a popular episode of The Orville, and we were aware of that; it’s the episode that keeps popping up on my Twitter feed and elsewhere. A few more can be added in with the arrival of Season 3. As reported by TVLine Currently, I’m watching “Domino,” which was excellent, but I can’t help but think that this would have lasted three to six episodes on any other show. To get to the heroic death, you had to go through all the stages of weapon development, unveiling, testing, and theft. On another program, this might easily be a half-worth. season’s What a bold move it was to cram everything into a single entertaining program.