With the long-awaited release of the third season, “Orville” is wasting no time teasing a possible romance between Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Gerald) and Isaac (Mark Jackson), but this could be bad news for the series. As the third season of Orville, subtitled “New Horizons,” progresses, it becomes increasingly likely that Claire and Isaac will reunite. The two began dating in the second season after Dr. Finn expressed feelings for Isaac, Kaylon, who was on their ship. Soon after, Isaac finished his business and joined Kaylon.
Last season, the Kylons declared war on the Union and Earth. The second season of Orville revealed that Kaylon put Isaac on a ship to see if it was worth preserving biological life. They have determined that this is not the case. Having been ordered to execute Ty (Kai Venus), the son of Dr. Finn, Isaac helped the Union defeat Kaylon. After the war, Dr. Finn informed Isaac that one day she would forgive him.
In the new season, Seth MacFarlane’s “Orville” hinted at a potential revival of the romance between Dr. Finn and Isaac, but they’d better stay friends. Both of them were dating each other for the wrong reasons. Isaac saw their relationship as a chance to learn more about biological life forms. Although he seems to care about Dr. Finn, even telling her that he misses her at the end of season 3 of “Orville”, episode 2 of “World of Shadows”, he viewed their relationship as an experiment. Isaac often viewed many of his interactions with biological life forms as an opportunity to study their behavior, but to view their relationships in this way was a mistake. However, Isaac is not alone in his mistakes, as Dr. Finn also wanted to change Isaac.
Often “Orville” pays homage to the tropes of “Star Trek”. With Isaac, the show focuses on artificial life and the experience of human emotions. Although he probably has feelings in his own way, he either developed as a result of studying biological life forms for so long, or they have always been there. However, this does not mean that he feels them exactly as Dr. Finn expects him to, which often causes her pain. Even before Isaac and Dr. Finn started dating, Isaac was trying to make it clear to Dr. Finn that he didn’t have feelings like hers. In order for their relationship to work, Isaac constantly changed to make Dr. Finn happy, even once using a holodeck to create a flesh and blood body for her.
Unfortunately, the story of the third season of the series “Orville” is no different for Isaac and Dr. Finn. In the TV series “Orville”, season 3, episode 2, “Shadowlands”, Isaac meets Vice Admiral Christie (James Reed), also known as Paul. They discuss their relationship with Dr. Finn, and Paul seeks advice on how to care for his ex-wife. Isaac starts listing a long list of things she likes, and while it’s nice for him to remember, it makes their relationship seem like something he studied again, not something he experienced.
Although Dr. Finn and Isaac seem to care about each other, they have spent their entire romantic relationship trying to change or explore each other. Their relationship is not healthy, and it would be better for the series to spend time exploring their friendship. The third season of “Orville” will continue to build on the relationship between Dr. Finn and Isaac, but as the series progresses further, we hope that “Orville” will give Dr. Finn and Isaac time to grow up and become friends again.