FOX engaged the quantum drive for The Orville season 2 as a renewal for Seth MacFarlane’s unique space drama was confirmed back in November of last year, halfway through the successful first season. Now that season 2 is over, the wait for The Orville season 3 officially begins – yes, the series has been renewed.
The Orville season 2 has thus far recaptured the mix of topicality and irreverence. We’ve got all of our reviews archived for you here as well as an episode guide for posterity.
The Orville Season 2 Reviews and Episode Guide
Return here each week for an update list of The Orville season 2 episode titles, and keep up with all our reviews by click on the corresponding link as the episodes air. The season will consist of 15 episodes in total.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 1: “Ja’loja”
As the Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus’ special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Meanwhile, Gordon asks for John’s help in getting game, and Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice. (air date: 12/30/18)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 2: “Primal Urges”
Ed and the crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun, while Bortus and Klyden start marriage counseling after Bortus’s obsession with the ship’s Environmental Simulator gets out of hand. (air date: 1/3/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 3: “Home”
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Meanwhile, Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/10/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 4: “Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes”
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash lands on a mysterious planet; Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/17/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 5: “All The World is a Birthday Cake”
The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship. (air date: 1/24/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 6: “A Happy Refrain”
Claire’s personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus. (air date: 1/31/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 7: “Deflectors”
The ship’s deflectors upgrade leads to conflict between the Moclan culture and the crew. (air date: 2/14/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 8: “Identity, Part I”
When Issac shuts down, the crew head to his home planet to fix him, and uncover a shocking secret that was better off hidden. (air date: 2/21/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 9: “Identity, Part II”
The Kaylons take control of the Orville with the intention of destroying all biological lifeforms. (air date: 2/28/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 10: “Blood of Patriots”
Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill. (air date: March 7, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 11: “Lasting Impressions”
The crew opens a time capsule from 2015. (air date: March 21, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 12: “Sanctuary”
Ed discovers that Moclans aboard the Orville are harboring a secret. (air date: April 11, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 13: “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow”
A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship. (air date: April 18, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 14: “The Road Not Taken”
The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly’s decision. (air date: April 25, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Cast
According to Deadline Chris Johnson of 47 Meters Down will be appearing in a recurring role. Specific details about his character are not known, but he will play another crew member aboard the ship.
Season 2 also has Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr joining the cast, according to Deadline. Again, not much is known about her character other than that she will be a crew member aboard the Orville, but Szohr will be a series regular, so she definitely will be adding a new dynamic to the series.
EW has reported that Leighton Meester will join former Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr in a season 2 role that is currently being kept under wraps.
The Orville was created by Seth MacFarlane, who also stars in the show as Captain Ed Mercer. Adrianne Palicki (Agents of SHIELD) plays his ex-wife and first officer. Check out our reviews for season 1 here.