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Justin Roiland's new show 'Solar Opposites' rivals 'Rick and Morty' by going beyond the conventional

by John Walker 2 years ago in review
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Hulu is the perfect home for Solar Opposites because it can go farther than any network shows

Trailer for season one of "Solar Opposites." Hulu green lit the show for two seasons with the first season released on May 8 and season 2 coming out May of next year.

It's hard to think of a show that would come close to rival Adult Swim's overnight success in "Rick and Morty," but Justin Roiland's new show "Solar Opposites" does. It might even take it one step further. If you are a fan of Roiland's work, then you are sure to fall in love with the first season of the new Hulu show.

"Solar Opposites" follow a family of aliens that moves to America when their homeworld is destroyed. They must attempt to blend in with their new surroundings; that is until the Pupa evolves and destroys the planet turning it into their homeworld.

It's hard to not see the similarities between "Rick and Morty" and "Solar Opposites." The pacing is very much the same, its two main characters, Korvo and Terry, are voice by Roiland, and it follows that same sci-fi comedy that also has its gruesome and bloody side. Though with the show being on Hulu instead of a channel, everything you love about "Rick and Morty" is taken up a notch.

Stream services are not heavily censored, like cable or network TV. "Rick and Morty," is heavily censored to fit the TV-MA rating. The comedy is not more adult then "Rick and Morty," but it is more bloody and swear words. "Solar Opposites" does feel looser then "Rick and Morty" in that way as if it has room to breathe and not feel as restrictive.

The show its self is blissfully aware that "Rick and Morty" exists. "Solar Opposites" feels like a parody of "Rick and Morty" but yet shares more similarities to a show like "American Dad." Rick and Morty" and "Solar Opposites" share animation styles and Roiland, which makes for those almost eerily similar qualities. They both live in the same universe but different dimensions.

Because of the more traditional sitcom approach, the show's characters are extremely relatable. Korvo and Terry are both parts of the immigrant story of coming to a new culture and trying to adapt while not forgetting your own. The kids, Yummyuluck and Jesse, have to learn how to be the only aliens in school and try to fit in. They give the viewer something to relatable that makes the show so easy to fall in love with.

That also gives the show a threw plot. Each episode, while it can stand on its own, also shows the family of aliens becoming more human and adapting to both.

"Solar Opposites" shows how functional the family unit is. It's more of your traditional family sitcom. The parents and the kids have their own stories in the episode, and they meet at the end to learn a less about life on Earth and become a little more human. While their storyline is well done, the shows "B plot" is equally, if not more outstanding.

Yummyuluck and Jesse, have a wall of interconnected cages they use as homes for adults they have captured and shrunk down to fit. In the wall, there are struggles for power and supplies with enough people in it to create a small society. The plot is the struggle for control of the wall, and it is better and more compelling then Evil Morty taking over the citadel in "Rick and Morty."

I don't want to give to much away and spoil it more than just its existence because that even shocked me that it was there. While the show progresses I hope that there is more from the wall. These secondary side plots, like "Rick and Morty's" Evil Morty and "Family Guy's" Stewie and Brian episodes, help give the show some life and make the life of the show extend because there is additional material for the creators to play around with.

Both the family and the wall plots could serve as their own shows but work so well together that it would be hard to see them apart.

"Solar Opposites" is worth a watch for fans of Roiland and "Rick and Morty." Fans will marvel at how similar yet different the two shows are. "Solar Opposites" might also be an entry point to "Rick and Morty." The show has that traditional sitcom element and the jokes are not overly complex. It makes the show enjoyable for all intellects.


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John Walker

I'm a student Film and TV critic. Check out my Letterboxd and TV Time accounts to see what I'm watching. I also, do a little sports journalism and feature writing.

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