Creators Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan released season two of Solar Opposites on Hulu. Many fans of Rick and Morty tuned into the show last year, skeptical if it would maintain the dark humor and raw emotional intelligence of Roiland and Dan Harmon’s cult hit. Though most reviews remained positive, raving on the relentless and quite graphic comedy of the quirky stranded aliens playing human, some criticized that the show did not contain any underlying serious tones as Rick and Morty.
Quite personally, I always recommend never judging an artist’s new work to their previous work. It’s an unhealthy habit, as people tend to forget artists are people too. Moods change. Ideas form. They evolve or spiral out of control and we are presented with new products unrelated to their previous presentations. With this new season, it seems both Roiland and McMahan decided to listen to their fans and emphasized a subplot in which a civilization of shrunken human experiments deal with the repercussions of revolution and betrayal, parodying some of our favourite post-apocalyptic films.
Fans who desire nothing more than a sitcom that gives them a taste of pop culture sci-fi references are in for a treat, but this show might disappoint those who are addicted to fan theories. This show heads in a straight, linear direction with no room to guess or predict anything but offers us far more of that famous explicit Roiland banter.
So what does this season include? The return of some of our favorite characters, including some we thought were long gone. A toy Predator spaceship. A sex scene you’re gonna wish you hadn’t seen. And a brutal murder mystery that will have you rolling with laughter at the spectacle of it all.
Watch the entire season two of Solar Opposites, only on Hulu!