The Orville: New Horizons is going to make its debut tonight on Hulu after moving away from the Fox Network. Before going through any details, be careful as this article might contain spoilers from seasons 1 and 2 of the Orville. Therefore, you have to make sure you are up to date before proceeding. After getting the spoiler warning out of the way, let’s get into it.

The Orville: New Horizons Back in Action Finally

It has been three years and one month and the Orville has been MIA from everyone’s screens. It has been quite a long time for one of our favorite spaceships to disappear. One of the main reasons behind this hiatus was the network switch from Fox Network to Hulu, as well as the Covid restrictions. Although the new season is technically and realistically Season 3, its title is now The Orville: New Horizons. Fans need not to worry, as the show will pick up exactly where the Season 2 Finale left off, “The Road Not Taken.”

What is in Store for The Orville Audience?

The show’s fans will be happy to know that there is a more serious science-fiction drama awaiting them in the new season. That started in Season 2 and going forward. Fans noticed that the comedy became less on the nose, and the show started to be a more serious version of itself. The show carries through the aftermath of Dr. Claine Finn and her successful time-traveling efforts that was able to restore the timeline.

That tinkering helped keep the Orville from being destroyed. On the other hand, the deadly Kaylon conflict is still one of the major topics and plots of the show. It is still one of the major issues that everyone will be processing in the third season’s premiere. The first episode, Electric Sheep, is directed/written by the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane. He said that the premier encapsulates the new direction of the series that it has taken after the first season.

The Orville Does Not Require a Punchline

Like most series, Seth MacFarlane stated that season 3 is where a show figures out itself. He stated that they were trying to balance the show, which became stressful at times. However, he added that they finally liberated themselves from the need to have a punchline every episode. Instead, they let the comedy emerge from the characters and their personalities now that the audience knows them. He believes that this worked out much better and that the show is now more formed and more entertaining.

When asked if he believes that the sci-fi space discovery genre is crowded with shows, Seth MacFarlane answered that he believes that the show exists in its own space. He believes that no other show exists in the same space at The Orville. He said that he hopes that the science-fiction genre fans will embrace the show’s third season wholeheartedly.

A Long Break Between Seasons Might Have Benefited The Orville?

Regarding the long break between seasons, the show’s creator said they suffered from the elongated production process and delays due to Covid. Of course, the score and the post-production got more time. On the other hand, the scripts were locked. Therefore, they didn’t have any work to do for a long time. On the other hand, the downtime might have had an advantage. The fans were finding the Orville on Hulu, and they got familiar with it. He believes that that helped the Orville be out there and have its time to ferment so people can find it and discover it.

Lastly, he stated that he is excited for the viewers to enjoy Electric Cheep. It is an Isaac-focused episode. It witnesses the Kaylon engineer absorbing the dark fall of the conflict and the war that his kind unleashed on humankind.