- Broken Base: The reveal about LaMarr and subsequent promotion was welcome to some fans who were crying out for him to get more screen time, while it was also a bit of an Ass Pull to some critics who wanted more insight into this sudden development. However, it has also been suggested that this was the series continuing its homage to Trek by paralleling how Star Trek: The Next Generation began with a minor character in the important Chief Engineer position, only for a core character previously seen as the ship's navigator to later be promoted to Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge). It can also be seen as a homage to Star Trek: Voyager, with Yaphit channeling Joe Carey's annoyance at someone else being promoted to Chief Engineer over him (specifically, someone who just pissed him off).
- Harsher in Hindsight: Newton leaves the Orville for non-starship position only one episode after seeing his best friend die in Engineering. Although this is not referenced on screen, the timing implies Newton's sudden decision to leave may be connected.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The beautifully rendered 2-D Space looks like something out of TRON.
YMMV / The Orville S1 E11 "New Dimensions"