SOLAR OPPOSITES: THE UNSTABLE GREY HOLE SPOILER-Filled Review The Series Finds Its Footing

We recently shared our thoughts on the first episode of Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan's Solar Opposites. After finding the second episode an improvement, we decided to share our thoughts on that too!

Justin Roiland is best known for co-creating Rick and Morty alongside Community's Dan Harmon. The creator recently had another new series debut on Hulu called Solar Opposites, which sits firmly in the same vein of humor and science fiction.

The first episode wasn't bad at all, but the roughest part about it was trying not to compare it against the extremely high bar set by flagship series Rick and Morty. With recognizable voices and similar characters, it can be hard not to notice the lack of Harmon in the series.

Fortunately the second episode figures out exactly what it wants to be and sets itself apart from Rick and Morty. The characters finally start to feel like separate entities and much less alien to the audience (pun intended).

In The Unstable Grey Hole fans are treated to a fun side plot that follows Pupa, revealing that the creature is not as helpless as initially implied. The alien blob kills a crow and wears it's skull before stabbing a man and obtaining a leg all in the name of obtaining candy that it isn't allowed to eat.

Meanwhile, Korvo and Terry drive the sci-fi plot by releasing nanobots in the city's water supply to find out what people think of them, which is met by disastrous results. Continuing the plot from last episode, the replicants continue to shrink people.

The overarcing theme of the episode is that the aliens are still not accepted in society. It is made abundantly clear by the way they are all treated, not just by the neo-nazis but also by every other towsnperson who isn't being mind controlled.

One of the most interesting parts of this installment is that we are given a closer look at something that didn't seem important -- Yumyulak's suit. It appears that instead of bearing normal clothing, Yumyulak wears a symbiotic suit with a mind of its own. When in danger, the suit murders anything that threatens it -- especially neo-nazis.

The second installment in an eight-part season soars high, showing it is ambitious enough to fly on its own without the help of sister-series Rick and Morty. Feeling more like its own world and less like a commercial on inter-dimensional cable, Solar Opposites finally finds the footing it will need to gain its own following. - Five out of five.


 

From Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, and Mike McMahan, comes a series about a family of aliens trying to fit in on this human-infested crap-hole of a planet called Earth.


Solar Opposites is currently streaming on Hulu.
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