Captain Ed Mercer and his crew are finally back this June.
Some three years after we last saw them, the crew of The Orville have New Horizons to explore. The long wait in-between seasons is thanks to a shift to the US streamer Hulu, plus a pandemic-impacted production run.
The new season, the show’s third, launches on the Thursday the 2nd of June and, after an impressive battle sequence teaser in February (arriving hand-in-hand with a launch date delay), Hulu have dropped a full trailer.
“It is good to be back.”
As well as some impressive action sequences, and more encounters with the hostile Kaylon, it looks like there’s an exploratory angle to the new series – making sense of the New Horizons moniker. It also offers our first proper look at the ship’s new crewmate, Ensign Charly Burke (13 Reasons Why’s Anne Winters).
However, the show hasn’t lost its comic tone, beginning with a portentous historical quote that is immediately undercut with humour. We also see Ed Mercer fumbling a potential moment of command gravitas.
The Orville: New Horizons stars Seth MacFarlane, who also writes, directs and produces. As well as new addition Anne Winters, the show’s returning cast are Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Jessica Szohr and the late Norm Macdonald.
The Orville: New Horizons land on Hulu on the 2nd of June 2022. In the UK and internationally, you’ll find it on Disney+ under the Star banner, with episodes dropping weekly.