A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Solar Opposites is an animated show by the brains behind Rick and Morty. It has the same style and vibe, including lots of edgy humor, cheerful gory violence, surreal visuals and plot twists, and wall-to-wall language. Most of the iffy content arrives in the form of jokes, like a character who repeatedly discusses his necrophiliac tendencies. Violence is often played for laughs, though it's over-the-top and gory: school-age characters miniaturize, torture, and imprison humans; main characters go on a spree in which scores of humans are killed, screaming and dissolving into pools of blood; a character's feet are burned off until he has bloody stumps. In one scene, a character eats cocaine; in another, they're offered heroin. This is definitely a show for older adults and teens, particularly since it's just as violent as Rick and Morty, with considerably more language: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "crap," "hell" and more.
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What's the story?
When their old planet was destroyed, SOLAR OPPOSITES Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Terry (Thomas Middleditch) were forced to flee through space with their kids (a.k.a. "replicants) Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack). They found a new home on earth -- but that doesn't mean they have to be happy about it, or live in peace with their new cohabitants.
Is it any good?
Fresh, funny, and wildly imaginative (if violent, mean-spirited, and occasionally really gross) this animated sitcom from the team behind Rick and Morty ably mocks family sitcom humor. The plots are pleasantly daffy and surreal: Terry and Korvo make a clone of their favorite TV personality; Korvo, Terry and friends work together to steal a bear from the zoo; Yumyulack and Jesse experiment on a classmate and wind up shrinking her down to mouse size before giving her a lobotomy.
The action frequently veers from wacky to frankly a bit disturbing. In one episode of Solar Opposites, an upset Terry and Korvo have an emotional reaction they call gorbling: tiny purple creatures emit from channels on their head. The creatures are plump and happy; they run off-screen laughing, never to be seen again. Cute! But then there's a scene in which we see Jesse and Yumyulack's "wall": a collection of tiny living humans they've shrunk and imprisoned in plastic cages. In another scene, Jesse and Yumyulack pour soda on a girl's exposed brain until she sustains enough brain damage to forget her torturers. In another, a side character happily exclaims that his newfound popularity around his neighborhood means the people he knows will have to accept his habit of digging up bodies from the local cemetery and having sex with them. You get the picture. It's not for kids, but viewers with a weakness for out-there animated series with inventive mature humor will be in heaven.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the market for shows such as Solar Opposites. Is this the kind of entertainment adults want? What is the appeal of animated series for grown-ups?
Is this series controversial? Does any of its content cross the line for you? Why or why not?
How much of what we see in entertainment do we internalize? Is it important that the characters be good role models or not? What shows do you watch that have positive behavior models?
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