In Review: The Orville – If the Stars Should Appear

Ed and the Orville encounter a massive vessel adrift in space, which is in danger of colliding with a star.

Synopsis: Ed and the Orville encounter a massive vessel adrift in space, which is in danger of colliding with a star. While some of the crew set out to help the ship’s inhabitants, Bortus, Gordon, and John stay behind and fend off a Krill attack on another Union ship.

Review: Once again The Orville successfully manages to reproduce some of what was great about ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ while smattering the story with some rather uneven comedy.

This week sees guest appearances from Robert Knepper, James Morrison and a brief screen appearance from Liam Neesam. All these actors play the parts with total conviction and are believable. Morrison is great as the leader of a movement onboard the ship that Ed and his crew find themselves. While Knepper channels his normal bland of menacing bad guy.

The surprise guest star though was Neesam who is revealed as the captain of the ships original crew.

The idea of a ship housing a rural community was kind of done a few times over on TNG, but it is always a fun way to explore a new make-believe culture from another world.

We’re still getting the somewhat now tired character plot of Ed and Kelly’s divorce, which is something they really need to ditch. It seems to slow the story down for pretty much no good reason and the joke was old already in the first episode.

The parts involving Ed and the away team are a lot more interesting than the Orville going off to battle the Krill. In fact, that battle seemed to be a little bit of a wasted opportunity. There wasn’t really too many ships to ship contact between The Orville and the Union Ship that it was protecting. Which is a shame given that all we have been led to assume is that The Union is a similar organization to the United Federation Of Planets.

Overall a pretty solid episode, but not as good as the last episode. Hopefully, we’ll see something a little different next week.

The Orville - If the Stars Should Appear
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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