With Disney+ getting a massive upgrade with the addition of the new general entertainment brand “Star” coming to the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and across Europe, we are going to be getting a new selection of “Star Originals”, which can only be found on Disney+.
One of the launch “Star Originals” is the adult animated series “Solar Opposites”, which has been co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (ex-writer’s assistant on Rick & Morty), Solar Opposites centres around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding homeworld 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.
The first episode is called ‘The Matter Transfer Array’ and is our introduction to the characters, who are a weird bunch. The main focus of this episode is on the kids dealing with a bully by shrinking her down and pouring diet coke on her head. While the two adult aliens (I use the word adult a little loose here, since they aren’t much more mature than the kids), who want to create a real life version of a TV character called, Funbucket, which goes horribly wrong and chaos follows.
And the second episode is called ‘The Unstable Grey Hole’ and sees the two adult aliens deal with people not liking them, once again using completely illogical ideas that backfire. While the two younger aliens also try to fit into living on earth.
I wasn’t really too aware of this show until watching the first two episodes and instantly I took alike the more mature style of this series. It doesn’t pull any punches, its full of swearing and just ideas that only an alien could get away with. The use of aliens really helps the characters take a step back, since they are looking at situations in a very different way, without any thought to good or bad.
Some of the things they do are just horrible, but when you think about it, us humans do versions of what they do to other animals and creatures all the time. It’s a very dark show, it certainly got a twisted sense of humour and I like it. I used to watch lots of adult animated series years ago, like “South Park”, “Beavis & Butthead”, “King of the Hill”, “Family Guy” etc. So this series wasn’t shocking to me in the slightest. It kinda felt like a more edgier version of the 1990s sitcom “Third Rock From The Sun”, but the characters are much happier to kill people or just play with them like they were a little ant.
I really enjoyed the animation style, its simple but bright colours really pull you into the universe, which is a little deceptive as this show isn’t made for kids. It might be a cartoon, but this is very much in the “Family Guy” and “South Park”. I’m certainly going to be adding this series to my watchlist for future releases. There were many occasions where I was laughing at just how crazy it was, though there isn’t anything groundbreaking about this series.
For a brand new comedy series to kick off the “mature” side of Disney+, this show certainly kicks the old thoughts of the streaming service being just for kids and I love it! There’s loads of swearing, blood and gore. It’s not for everyone, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these two episodes.
The first two episodes of “Solar Opposites” will be arriving on Disney+ as a “Star Original” on Tuesday 23rd February, with new episodes dropping each Friday.
Rating 4 out of 5.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.