‘The Orville’ Finale Recap Season 3 Episode 10 – Renewed or Cancelled?

The OrvilleThe season 3 mission of ended this Thursday, with a finale that marked the longest episode of the space adventure series and which would probably satisfy as series final. Or do you want more?

The aptly titled “Future Unknown” opened with a trip to Listak Two, where Bortus and Klyden participated in a Moclan ritual that would affirm their reunion as companions. The rules, simplified: After they both undress, Klyden flees into the forest and hides, while Bortus sets off in pursuit. Once Klyden is caught and “taken”, their union is complete. Back on the ship, Isaac calls and ingests loads of data on human mating rituals, then finds and surprises Claire with a large diamond ring and a marriage proposal.

Orville StripperClaire berates Isaac a little for the public display, then pins a pin in his response while she consults with Kelly, Tala, Ed (yes, Ed!) and his two sons. Meanwhile, Isaac gets some scrutinizing advice from LeMarr, who says the Kaylons might want to “sample” what else is out there before settling down with a woman. Claire tells Isaac “yes”, only to find out shortly after that he has solicited Kelly (and almost Tala) for a sexual hookup. Claire then goes after LeMarr for putting such madness in her fiancé’s head, after which we officially head for a wedding.

Orville FinalIsaac asks Gordon to be his best man, but Bortus interrupts to assert that he would serve just as well in the role. And despite Gordon’s protest, Isaac changes his mind. Meanwhile, Claire enlists Kelly to be her bridesmaid, then moves on to virtual dress fittings. Later, the bachelorette party is a blast, full of dancing, good tunes and even a strippy, twirling “Kalylon”, while the bachelor party is a total dud, with Bortus-as -Elvis providing the only entertainment.

Orville's weddingHeld in a holodeck “forest”, the wedding goes off without a hitch, except for Isaac inviting not only Kaylon Primary but almost the entire Kaylon fleet to attend. At the reception, former security chief Alara surprises Claire with an appearance, after which Bortus fails soundly with his best man’s toast. (He clearly lists the faults of the bride and groom, followed each time by “Joking aside”).

Orville AlaraIsaac gives Bortus the hook, then invites Gordon in, and Gordon does it in a winning way. Gordon is then asked to sing a song to the newlyweds, and as he regales the crowd with a sweet, romantic tune, Kelly is moved to reach out Ed’s hand, which results in warm, shared smiles.

Elsewhere in the finale – and a bit haphazard? – Lysella, the Earth-like Sargus 4 barista from Season 1, greets the Orville using a com-scanner, begging them to come get her. With some reservations, they do so and learn that Lysella is essentially seeking asylum from her sad, sad upvote/downvote society. Ed and Kelly come to terms, after which Kelly gives Lysella the 10-cent tour of the Orville and her many gadgets – including the Matter Synthesizer, which Lysella believes could save a number of oppressed worlds. Kelly explains how they are legally prohibited from “gifting” less developed worlds with such technology, and insists that this would not have the desired result. Lysella decides to return to Sargus 4, but is caught trying to smuggle in a com-scanner loaded with Matter Synthesizer specs and the like. Kelly uses the environmental simulator to prove to Lysella how a society that is not ready for future technology can be destroyed by it. Taught, Lysella agrees to stay aboard the Orville and be part of their community.

What did you think of the very flashy(?) season finale?

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