Solar Opposites is the latest animated show from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland along with Rick and Morty alum and Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan. Originally developed for 20th Century Fox television, the show is about aliens who fled their apocalyptic homeworld and crash landed on Earth, where they really aren’t welcome. The show stars Roiland as Korvo, the leader of the family; alongside him, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) is Terry, Korvo’s partner, whilst Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) and Mary Mack (Golan the Insatiable) star as Yumyulack and Jesse, the “replicants” (kids) of the family, respectively.
The show opens up with the aliens having already been on Earth for over a year; facing intense discrimination and ostracisation by all of their peers; Korvo is working diligently to try and get off Earth. Make no mistake, the show itself is hilarious; with an uncensored approach, it really isn’t afraid to forgo mainstream appeal in order to go as dark as humanly possible. Think: the replicants shrink and lobotomise their class bully with a can of Diet Coke in order to cover the fact that they kidnapped her.
Whilst this is all happening, Korvo and Terry watch a TV show featuring a character named Funbuckets; an irreverent creature that they think is real because, well, he’s on the television. When Funbuckets is set to make an appearance at a meet and greet, they naturally go there only to discover that he’s just a character. Devastated, Korvo goes to his lab to recreate a real version of Funbuckets, which he successfully does.
Upon creation of the character, Korvo and Terry decide they want to go clubbing but, when Funbuckets abandons them for some cooler friends, they create a version that is unfalteringly loyal to them. This time, it’s an abomination that mixes with the original Funbuckets and morphs into a monster that destroys the town.
When reflecting over the episode whilst enjoying some KFC, the family discuss the goings-on of Pupa, their pet whose mission is to destroy the earth eventually. After, the replicants go to their room where it’s revealed that they have a wall of people they’ve kidnapped and shrunk down into miniature size; what they do with them, well, that’s a mystery…
If you couldn’t tell, this show is completely bonkers. It’s funny, creative and does a lot with its premise. It could have very easily played it safe and still have been a pretty good show, but it takes risks and doesn’t dip its toe before diving head first into the insane possibilities. Each episode’s opening contains some different information through Korvo’s voiceover which adds a nice layer of depth and context, rewarding rewatches. The background visual jokes are also really strong.
The show is a whole lot more serialised than Rick and Morty so, as the season (and, eventually, series) progresses, I’ll discuss more about the narrative elements.
Solar Opposites airs on STAR on Disney+. The first two episodes will be released on 23 February 2021, with Episode 3 releasing on Friday 26 February 2021, with each episode releasing every Friday.
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