This Review of Solar Opposites Season 3 does not contain any major spoilers.
Solar Opposites always seemed as though it would live in the shadow of its cousin series, the critically acclaimed pop-culture phenomenon ‘Rick and Morty’. Both shows share a co-creator and have very similar animation styles and comedy. Comparisons between the two were inevitable, yet both shows have enjoyed separate success. Solar Opposites returns to our screens for a third season, hoping to build on its earlier achievements and with another darkly hilarious batch of episodes, full of meta-comedy and intricate plot twists.
The series continues to follow the wacky misadventures of an alien family, who escaped their dying planet to start a new life in an American suburb. The family are led by scientist Korvo (Justin Roiland), his partner Terry (Thomas Middleditch), replicant siblings Jesse and Yumyulack, and the adorable infant Pupa. In this season, the mischievous aliens kick-start some rather banal hobbies, have fun with their ray-guns, visit Hululand (a Hulu theme park) and go on an ill-fated vacation, constantly finding themselves in dangerous and outlandish predicaments.
Fans of the show will be pleased to know that one of its major draws, The Wall, also makes a welcomed return. This shrewd subplot centres on a shrunken society of pensioners locked inside Yumyulack’s bedroom terrarium. In the premiere the Wall has become a Utopian civilisation, or so it would seem. Cherie (Christina Hendricks) plans to expose their heroic leader Tim for the monster he truly is, whilst an evil lurks in the lower levels, killing off humans.
Packed full of whimsical wordplay and self-referential nods, this is another hilarious season. The show satirises multiple movie genres and homages an endless library of cinematic hits. As always, the dialogue is fast-paced, and the narrative diverts into an array of random, snaking tangents. It may not be as intellectually complex as Rick and Morty, but that isn’t a negative. That show often tends to become too smart at times, whereas Solar Opposites in more low-key and conventional, sticking to sitcom resolutions and mainly one-off stories. Although, the returning plots, such as The Wall are more impactful.
Season three is a somewhat slow starter but regains momentum from episode four onwards. “Hululand” may be the show’s best episode yet, subverting its own formular in true style and adding further depth to The Wall, along with “99 Ships”, which hints at a larger narrative to be explored.
Season 3 of Solar Opposites is available to stream on Disney+ now