Steve Newton is a Human Lieutenant Commander and former Chief Engineer of the USS Orville. According to Admiral Halsey, Steve served aboard the ship as chief engineer under a previous captain before the arrival of Ed Mercer. He transfers off the Orville in April 2420 for the chance to design a new space station.
Fragments of information about Steve Newton's early life are known. The only identified family member is an unnamed uncle.
Most of Steve's recollections of early life are marked by drinking. By eighth grade, he drank his first beer. Steve attended to camp with Harrison Payne, and the two became friends. Payne saved his life by performing the Heimlich maneuver when he choked on a wine cork. Years later, both would work side-by-side on board the Orville.
Prior to 2419, Steve worked as chief engineer aboard the Orville under a different captain, a position he continued under Captain Mercer. He works in the Engineering section, several times providing crucial leadership skills: repairing damage to Engineering incurred by a Calivon buoy that self-destructed, figuring out how to penetrate equipment from the 29th century that had commandeered the Orville's computer,[n 2] and updating the ship's navigational array.
In November, 2419, Steve works with Doctor Claire Finn in an attempt to save Science and Engineering Officer Isaac's life. The pair are unsuccessful, but fortunately Isaac foresaw his own death and transferred his personhood to the ship's computer beforehand.
In April 2420, Steve leaves the ship for a position designing a space station.
Steve Newton is a free-wheeling, easygoing individual who loves company and drinking. He first drank beer around age 13, and he jokes about being able to drink on the job to Captain Mercer and Kelly Grayson. In fact, his humor often verges on the line of inappropriate. Ed introduces him to Pria Lavesque by saying, "Steve, this is Captain Lavesque," to which Steve quips, "And then some." Although still joking, he later recognizes that his joke may have harassed her.[n 3]
Steve is suspicious of younger leaders, especially Chief of Security Alara Kitan. When Alara is made acting commander in early October, 2419, he challenges her decisions and calls her "kid," and she politely chastises him.
Despite Steve's foibles, he is a talented creative mind whose abilities are eventually noticed by the Union, which leads to his exciting transfer to a space station.
- Steve loves the music of Barry Manilow.
- His uncle gave Steve an antique diamond-tipped drill as a graduation present from Union Point.
- Episode 1x02: Command Performance
- Episode 1x03: About a Girl (uncredited)
- Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode 1x05: Pria
- Episode 1x08: Into the Fold
- Episode 1x10: Firestorm
- Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
- ↑ Steve references graduating in Episode 1x05: Pria.
- ↑ Steve Newton suggests using a drill to bore a hole into a device belonging to Pria Lavesque. Episode 1x05: Pria
- ↑ Steve: "Uh-oh, calling HR." Episode 1x05: Pria