'Solar Opposites' gets much love from 'Rick and Morty' fans but Dan Harmon’s satire is surely missed
Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s new animated comedy series on Hulu, ‘Solar Opposites’, is a riot. With the visual aesthetics of ‘Rick and Morty’ (both creators have been part of that series) and writing that seems more in line with shows like ‘Adventure Time’ or ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, it’s the perfect eight-episode show to binge-watch.
The show follows five aliens who land on Earth (particularly a suburban neighborhood in the midwest U.S.) after their home planet Schlorp is destroyed by an asteroid, and how they lead their lives in the midst of regular people who don’t seem to flinch at the fact that they have five aliens in their neighborhood. It has some ‘Rick and Morty’ feel to it, obviously. But the show manages to have a distinct personality of its own.
From what’s visible on Twitter, people seem to love the show. A Twitter user wrote, “As a person with a Rick and Morty tattoo, I am absolutely enjoying Solar Opposites.”
Almost everyone tweeting about the show proclaimed their love for the Pupa. It’s an adorable looking yellow-colores blob of an alien whose true purpose is to terraform Earth and turn it into Schlorp. It may be dangerous, but just like Baby Yoda from ‘The Mandalorian’ or Pikachu from ‘Pokemon’, or MoonCake from ‘Final Space’, fans have taken to this adorable creature.
Some, of course, have not found the show great. Like one Twitter user wrote, “Solar Opposites is like if someone took all the satire out of Rick and Morty. Which I guess is what you get when you try to make Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon.”
A Reddit user, commenting on people judging the show based on just a little bit of it, wrote: “If you’re only watching 10 minutes of the first episode, saying it’s stupid, and turning it off, you’re really doing yourself a disservice. There are a lot of shows out there that have weak pilot episodes and then go on to be amazing shows. I binged the whole first season, and I gotta say, I loved it. I can’t wait for season 2. some episodes are stronger than others, but all shows are like that. This show has a lot of potential, and I’m interested in seeing where they take it.”
Another Reddit user responded to that with, “This is Rick and Morty without the Dan Harmon meta stuff [in my opinion]. It's Justin Roiland being silly and having a good time, fun show to watch. And to all the people complaining ‘this is what made Rick and Morty take so long’, the writers had to wait, after already writing the season. Why do you want them to sit on their hands while its animated/ merchandising deals are worked out?”
Many on Reddit also seemed to love the subplot involving the wall terrarium where Yumyulack would store the humans he had shrunk, especially episode 7 that was wholly dedicated to this subplot. In fact, one Reddit user commented, “I think I would just prefer a whole show about the wall at this point.”
‘Solar Opposites’ is available viewing on Hulu.