In Review: The Orville – New Dimensions

Kelly learns that Lt. Lamarr is smarter than he lets on.

Synopsis: Kelly learns that Lt. Lamarr is smarter than he lets on. So, she pushes Ed to consider him for an important leadership position on the ship after The Orville gets damaged by a mysterious spatial anomaly causing harrowing effects to all things living.

Review: This was a fun episode on two fronts. The first being that it developed Lt. John Lamar’s character a little by giving him more responsibility, secondly the whole mystery with the anomaly and what it turned out to be was a fun and interesting concept.

When reprimanding John Lamar and Gordon for a tasteless practical joke they played on Yaphit. Kelly learns that Lamar’s aptitude tests for science and engineering are off the charts and persuades Ed to assign him as head of the team that investigates the anomaly. John is not fully confident that he is suited for command, but over the course of the assignment he grows into it and seems to win the respect of his peers as well as Yaphit who had a grievance with him.

The eventual discovery that the anomaly is a quantum doorway into 2-dimensional space is both a fun and clever idea and something I don’t think we have seen done before.

We also saw some humor in the early part of the episode in which Yaphit has to retrieve a piece of himself from Bortis colon.

We get further drama between the Captain and Kelly when she accidentally let slip that she recommended him for command of the Orville. I really hope that this will be the last time that we see their relationship issues play out. It’s getting old and isn’t particularly funny.

What was more interesting was a brief scene in which Ed informs Yaphit that they are considering Lt. Lamar for the vacant chief engineering post. This news causes Yaphit to accuse Ed of discriminating against gelatinous life forms. Which is something I hope gets revisited at some stage given that it seems that Yaphit has mostly been used as a comedic character. I’d be interested in maybe learning more about his race.

Overall. A pretty good episode with some interesting ideas.

The Orville - New Dimensions
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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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