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 transferrs to a new post in April, 2420, for the chance to design a new space station.
Steve Newton is portrayed by Larry Joe Campbell.
Only fragments of information about Steve Newton's early life are known. The only known family member is an unnamed uncle. By eighth grade, he drank his first beer. Steve attended to camp with Harrison Payne, and the two became friends. Payne saved Steve's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver when his friend 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 worked in the Engineering section, several times providing crucial leadership skills: repairing damage to Engineering incurred by the Calivon, figuring out how to penetrate a protected device from the 29th century,[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.
Steve Newton is a free-wheeling, easygoing individual who loves company and occasional 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 replies, "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 likes Barry Manilow's music.
- His uncle gave Steve an antique diamond-tipped drill as a graduation present from Union Point.
- Episode 2: Command Performance
- Episode 3: About a Girl (uncredited)
- Episode 4: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode 5: Pria
- Episode 8: Into the Fold
- Episode 10: Firestorm
- Episode 11: New Dimensions
- ↑ Steve references graduating in Episode 5: Pria.
- ↑ Steve Newton suggests using a drill to bore a hole into a device belonging to Pria Lavesque. Episode 5: Pria
- ↑ Steve: "Uh-oh, calling HR." Episode 5: Pria