Chronologically, the season takes place in the middle months of the year 2420, between the finale of Season 1 and the Season 2 premiere. However, Season 1.5 will release on July 17, 2019, well after the conclusion of Season 2.
The comics were written entirely by the show's executive producer David A. Goodman. Artwork was drawn by David Cabeza and colorizing was done by Michael Atiyeh. Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall served as an informal coordinator for the trio to work together.
According to Goodman, Season 1.5 is meant to have soft canonical value: facts introduced in the comic books establish the show's canon unless contradicted by the television episodes.
In the first episode, New Beginnings, Captain Ed Mercer and Helmsman Gordon Malloy discover a century-old buoy from an old Planetary Union ship. On the Orville, First Officer Kelly Grayson tries to mediate when Second Officer Bortus insists on enrolling his very young son in school.
Goodman developed stories that he believed would not work as a television episode. He sought out elements of Season 1 that were left "unexplained" as material to explore.
Meanwhile, Dark Horse Comics hired Cabeza after submitting several test pages. Dark Horse Comics evaluated applicants on the bases of a clean style and similarity with the on-screen characters.
Goodman wrote the comics not only for fans, but also to introduce comic book fans to The Orville.
Cabeza remarked on drawing the comic:
You have to constantly check that everything is as similar as possible to what has already been established [on the show]. I like everything to look perfect and in place so the collaboration has been quite close with David, but his script is descriptive enough and there's the show to refer to, so I ask him only when I have some doubts.20th Century Fox provided Dark Horse Comics with reference photographs for Cabeza.
Goodman reviewed Cabeza's work by e-mail, answered Cabeza's questions, and e-mail suggestions of his own.
|01||1.5||01||New Beginnings, Pt. 1||July 17, 2019||-|
|Ed and Gordon discover a century-old buoy from an old Union ship. On the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling his very young son in school.|
|1.5||02||New Beginnings, Pt. 2||August 14, 2019||-|
|02||1.5||03||The World of Avis, Pt. 1||September 11, 2019||-|
|The Orville intercepts a team of xenoanthropologists on their way to Krill space, only to find them more dangerous than meets the eye.|
|1.5||04||The World of Avis, Pt. 2||-||-|
- ↑ Pascale, Anthony. "Interview: David A. Goodman On How ‘The Orville’ Wrapped Up Season Two And Where It Could Go Next". TrekMovie. May 3, 2019.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Spry, Jeff. "EXCLUSIVE: THE ORVILLE'S DAVID GOODMAN ROCKETS INTO DARK HORSE COMICS' TIE-IN SERIES". SyFy Wire. April 28, 2019
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Keith, Jed W. "DAVID GOODMAN & DAVID CABEZA ON ADAPTING THE ORVILLE FOR COMICS". Freak Sugar. May 23, 2019.