Been watching Solar Opposites since it showed up on Disney + in Canada (yet Owl House still has not...), and yes, it’s very much leaning on Rick and Morty in nearly every capacity.
The only two areas in which it is not leaning on Rick and Morty is that it’s riffing on the likes of Invader Zim and The Munsters, instead of Doctor Who and BttF. And more importantly; everyone on the show likes each other. Dan Harmon has nothing to do with the show and it lacks the outright misanthropy that defines all his work.
Even the Rick analog, the alien who introduces each episode talking about how much he hates Earth and everything on it is, at worst, a curmudgeon and is desperate for everyone to like him.
Also, terrible internet people have yet to poison the show by association. It’s win-win!
This totally sold me on Solar Opposites. I watched through Rick and Morty one time, just out of curiousity and than because it had good parts. But the nihilism and misanthropy always bugged me. So, a show that's as clever, but with actual empathy sound, indeed, like a win-win.
Didn't help that R&M seemed to have created a fandom that was even bad compared to other fandoms. Which is quite a feat.
It's kind of weird, my partner tried to show me some random Rick and Morty and I bounced off it real quick because it's just too relentlessly mean to be any fun. But then she got me into Community, which is *also* created and written by Dan Harmon, and *that* one stuck. I mean sure they sometimes get mean in the moment but in the end the main cast all basically support each other. I dunno, for whatever reason the latter works for me while the former just completely doesn't. I guess this isn't really the right thread for this topic though...
I feel like Community at least knows that the people are actually terrible? Unlike Rick and Morty, where the show acts like Rick is intelligent, and therefore beyond the need to be a decent human being. And as you said, the main cast still does support each other. The basic vibe just feels less antagonistic.
Ugh, that kind of thing drives me up a wall. It’s like when the Dudes on the Internet years ago said that they wanted a “mature” Zelda game, by which they meant a grimdark Zelda game with lots of gore and bare breasts. By “mature” they don’t mean adult—they mean adolescent.
I guess I completely missed that one. Well, can't say I'm sad about it. I mean, someone once mentioned the idea for a steam- or cyberpunk Zelda game, which does sound interesting and dark. But not gore and naked women, please.