The Orville stumbles into a fascinating, unprecedented space anomaly impossible to define without precedent or reference and gets out damaged but operational. After observing plants dying aboard and a Horbalak smuggler spaceship waving their warnings and leaving it lifeless after an invisible passage, the conclusion is it's two-dimensional. The Horbalak cargo being weapons with a Krill marker, a fleet must be expected soon, so the Orville must hide. The only idea is to create a 3D bubble around themselves to remain invisible in the anomaly, which has surprising effects. Amidst all this John is appointed to lead the analysis team to test his competence for the opening chief engineer post, for which he expressly lacks ambition, while the captain's confidence is shattered by learning Kelly recommended him for command to a family friend admiral.
Did You Know?
The promotion of a main character whose job is flight operations on the bridge to replace an actor that is not part of the main cast in the position of chief engineer is reminiscent of Star Trek: The Next Generation
(1987). In that show LeVar Burton
as Geordi LaForge was promoted in a very similar way, after the chief engineer position had rotated through a couple of guest stars in the first season. See more
After the Orville's lower quantum drive is damage, it is still lit up. See more
We got out of school early because of the bumps. You want to go to the simulator and play some Space Dragons?
I am currently occupied.
What are you doing?
I am preparing to run a scan on the section of the Orville that came into contact with the anomaly.
Can we help?
No. You are small and feeble. And you do not possess the necessary intelligence.
Lt. John LaMarr
Wow. Why don't you just give 'em wedgies and stuff 'em in a locker while you're at it?