Season 3 of Orville, titled The Orville: New Horizons, opens with an episode that brings a dark twist to ancient Star Trek tropes.

In Season 3, Episode 1, "Electric Sheep," the Orville crew is still dealing with the aftermath of the revelation about envoy Kaylon Isaac (Mark Jackson)'s true mission

In Season 2 of Orville, Episodes 8 & 9, "Identity", Kilon uses Isaac's intel to control Orville and launch an all-out attack on the Planetary Alliance.

While Isaac ended up rejecting his own species in order to save his teammates and the Guild, it was clear that many on board were unwilling to condone his involvement in the attack.

Identity feels a lot like Star Trek's two-part Borg, The Best of Both Worlds, of which creator Seth McFarlane is a huge fan.

He also won an Emmy for the outstanding work of the visual effects team The Orville in capturing the scale and scope of his space battle with Kaylon.

The battle with Kaylon is just one of the many ways The Orville pays homage to McFarlane's favorite Star Trek,

and the start of Season 3 examines the franchise's recurring tropes about how life can be. artificially experience human emotions.