On Thursday, June 30 The Orville: New Horizons debuts its fifth episode, titled “A Tale of 2 Topas,” which will obviously focus on Topa, the Moclan child of Bortus and Klyden. Hulu has also released a couple of inside look videos for the season and last week’s episode “Gently Falling Rain.” Disney has also announced they will publish a novella in July based on the script for an unproduced season three episode.
“A Tale of 2 Topas”
Tensions between Kelly and the Moclans result when she helps Topa prepare for the Union Point entrance exam.
Inside The Orville
This week there are two “Inside the Orville” videos, with the first looking at last week’s episode “Gently Falling Rain”:
And there is another video looking at the “New Horizons” season as a whole.
“Sympathy for the Devil” Novella
Originally the third season of The Orville was planned to have 11 episodes, but due to production issues from COVID it was reduced to 10. So Seth MacFarlane has taken the episode that had to be cut and turned it into a novella, titled “Sympathy of the Devil.” This lost episode is set between the upcoming 8th and 9th episodes of New Horizons. Here is the synopsis:
When Captain Ed Mercer and the crew of the U.S.S. Orville come face-to-face with one of humanity’s most vile ideologies, they must solve the moral conundrum of who to hold accountable for evil deeds real… and imagined. Occurring just after New Horizons Episode 8, this is The Orville like you’ve never seen it before.
The Orville: Sympathy for the Devil will be available in ebook and audiobook on July 19, 2022. You can pre-order the ebook now at Amazon, currently priced at $3.72.
The cover art is an original piece from Eisner-winner Bill Sienkiewicz, and the audiobook will be narrated by Babylon 5’s Bruce Boxleitner, who appeared in episode 4 playing the Union President.
Here is Seth’s tweet about the novella:
Due to Covid shutdowns, we had to scrap one episode of The Orville: New Horizons. It was an outlier—a conceptually experimental story. Rather than let it vanish, I decided to adapt it as a novelization. Available digitally July 19, you can pre-order here! https://t.co/T265xYNA0l
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 25, 2022
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