Exclusive Orville First Look: Ed tries to keep the peace between rival aliens

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Nov 9, 2017, 10:06 AM EST

What's a captain to do when his guests start fighting with each other? If you're Seth MacFarlane's Ed Mercer you try a little hospitality. SYFY WIRE got a sneak peek at an exclusive clip of The Orville's latest episode.

And by the looks of things, the captain and the crew of the U.S.S. Orville have their hands full when two decidedly inhospitable alien ambassadors get into a nasty spat that could mean war for their respective civilizations, the Bruidians and the Navarians. That is, until Mercer plays mediator and cools things off with an offer they can't refuse: some much-welcomed homeworld amenities and a pretty sweet minibar (that includes some M&Ms!).

Despite a lackluster critical reception at launch, The Orville has quickly started to build its fan base and has become one of Fox's biggest new show hits of the season. The network is already planning to bring it back next fall for a second season, so Capt. Ed and the crew will be sticking around for a while.

Check out the clip below, ahead of the new episode tonight:


As you can see, as part of the deal, the two sides agree to put their differences aside for the moment and stick to honoring the results of an archaeological test they've submitted to. Score one for MacFarlane's negotiating skills.

We'll see if the peace lasts when The Orville airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.