Solar Opposites Season 1 Reviews

Updated: 5 days ago

Rather than writing individual reviews for the Disney Plus STAR Originals, I wanted to do a mega-post that will be constantly updated with my thoughts on each episode as and when the embargo lifts.

This post is for Solar Opposites.

Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), Solar Opposites centres around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.

Episode 1 Review "The Matter Transfer Array"

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.

Rating: 4.5/5

Episode 2 Review "The Unstable Grey Hole"

In a largely episodic story, Korvo and Terry place nanobots in the town’s water supply to gain insight into why people don’t like them and, further, how they can use that information to make people like them. They want to use the information to run for leadership of the HOA, but things get a bit more complicated when the nanobots coalesce and form a sentient being who challenges their nomination for HOA supremacy.

The replicants’ adventure focuses around their desire to miniaturise anybody they cross paths with.

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.

The replicants go through their own arc, with Yumyulack being disillusioned by humans and Jesse wanting to show him how humans are naturally good. This obviously goes awry when they wind up at a bar for neo-Nazis and have to use their sci-fi tools to help them escape.

The episode itself was probably a little weaker than the first one, but only because it relied less on some of the gags that make the show as unique as it is. Still, though, its clever use of sci-fi elements in the form of the nanobots makes the episode yet another one that uses its animated format to tell a completely outlandish story.

Rating: 4/5

Episode 3 Review "The Quantum Ring"

Solar Opposites’ third episode centres around Korvo becoming a magician in order to get the family to like him, while Pupa remains as cute as ever. The Wall storyline is taking shape with more additions; we start to see some more of it as we’re introduced to the whole society that lives there, including another appearance by the Red Shirt Guy from last episode.

Korvo uses some intense sci-fi in order to become a respected magician and goes viral as the “Incredible Burn Victim Trash-Man” when he throws out his kit. As his meteoric rise to fame is well under way, the family is met by other well-respected magicians who plead with him to not do a “Black Hole Trick” because it is “too amazing”. When he refuses, the magicians agree to assassinate him - a plan overheard by Jesse.

The people of The Wall are bargaining to get someone insulin but wind up inciting a riot which does not please The Duke. In retaliation, The Duke kills a child - completely normal reaction, obviously.

When Korvo does his trick, he winds up dying and a funeral is thrown atop a mountain, only to be revealed that Korvo did “The Prestige” and made a clone of himself do the trick and hired out of work actors to pretend to be the respected magicians. It was all a ploy to get the family to throw a Taco Tuesday night, something he’s been trying to get them to participate in for a while.

Overall, the episode had a lot to say. Solar Opposites is not a show that takes itself too seriously, why would it? To that end, why would I? It’s a show that’s there to make you laugh, with a lot of good humour blended and bolstered by the deep sci-fi elements that I just can’t get enough of.

Rating: 4.5/5

Episode 4 Review "The Booster Manifold"

The Booster Manifold sees Korvo "gooblering" (releasing living beings from his body under stress rather than sweat), which causes him to create a red goobler, one whose only mission is to kill its creator. Red gooblers appear every 100,000 gooblers meaning that Korvo is very stressed indeed.

The replicants are trying their best to fit in, with Yumyulack trying to get in with the cool kids and Jesse trying to get a seat with the Staceys. Their plans come to a halt, though, when they start sprouting plants from their heads that release pheromones that make people who inhale them a lot more chilled out.

While Korvo and Terry are trying to carry on with their lives, the red goobler is trying to kill them and/or mildly inconvenience their lives, such as recording Madam Secretary on their DVR.

I won't spoil the ending of the episode for you, but here are my thoughts.

It was a pretty solid episode that helped build up on the concepts introduced early on in the series. The replicants' need to fit in is something that's getting a bit played out so hopefully the next episode will be a little stronger with their storyline. Plus, there was no wall action which is always my favourite subplot.

Rating: 3.5/5

Episode 5 Review "The Lavatic Reactor"

Review posting Thursday 11 March 2021

Episode 6 Review "The PATRICIA Device"

Review posting Thursday 18 March 2021

Episode 7 Review "Terry and Korvo Steal a Bear"

Review posting Thursday 25 March 2021

Episode 8 Review "Retrace-Your-Step-Alizer"

Review posting Thursday 1 April 2021

Are you excited to watch Solar Opposites? Let me know what you think by commenting or by following me and Josh on Twitter: @StreamingBuffer and @JoshM_Jones respectively!

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 and each episode releasing every Friday after that.

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