The Orville has always taken inspiration from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, but season 3 will reportedly feature an unmistakable homage to Star Trek: TOS.
The Orville was created by and stars Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and longtime Star Trek fan.
The sci-fi comedy series follows Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) and his crew on the USS Orville as they explore space in the 25th century.
Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson, and Anne Winters also star with MacFarlane.
While The Orville seasons 1 and 2 aired on Fox, the series will be moving to Hulu for its third and final season, which will premiere on June 2.
The Orville creator has made numerous references to Star Trek in Family Guy, and once, the cast of The Next Generation guest-starred on the show.
It fits then that MacFarlane would continue to allow Star Trek to influence The Orville's writing and slip a reference to TOS into the new season.
While TV Line's report isn't specific regarding the landing party in episode 3, it seems inevitable that some unfortunate red-shirt personnel typical of Star Trek: TOS will be present.