The Orville proves it’s one of the best sci-fi shows on TV with S2 finale

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The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for new adventures in season 2 of <em>The Orville</em>.

Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for new adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting)

Fox’s sci-fi series The Orville closed out a terrific second season with an ambitious finale that showcased all the elements that make this such an intellectually and emotionally satisfying show.

(Some spoilers below.)

Season 1 of The Orville admittedly had a rocky start, at least in terms of critical reception, garnering just a 19 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes when it debuted. Viewers begged to differ: they gave the freshman series a 91 percent favorable rating, won over by its skillful mix of humor and drama. That’s a tough balance to pull off, but The Orville succeeds admirably. Season 2 won even more fans. This is a smart series that combines humor and witty dialogue with cutting-edge science, ethical musings, the occasional literary reference, and genuine heart. (For more on the science behind the series, see our interview with writer/producer Andre Bormanis.)

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