If Rick and Morty doesn’t have enough animated sci-fi insanity for you to sink your teeth into, series co-creator Justin Roiland and former head writer Mike McMahan have a whole new series that you’ll probably want to watch on Hulu in May.
Solar Opposites is a new animated series following a group of aliens who barely escaped the destruction of their home world. Suddenly, they find themselves stranded on planet Earth, which they discover is a “human-infested craphole without a single redeeming value.” Yeah, that sounds about right. Now all they can do is protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will terraform Earth once it evolves into its true form…some day. Watch the Solar Opposites trailer below for a sneak peek at the series.
This looks like it has all the insanity of Rick and Morty, but just with a lot more time spent on Earth instead of adventures to other planets. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see a variety of aliens on Earth, because in addition to our main characters voiced by Roiland, Sean Giambrone, Thomas Middleditch and Mary Mack there are a bunch of other monsters, robots and more that appear to be creating a lot of problems on Earth, perhaps accidentally caused by this alien team.
Like Rick and Morty, the series puts a wild spin on the standard sitcom family formula. Since the series will undoubtedly have these aliens getting acquainted with life on Earth, we’re bound to get a lot of hilarious social commentary as only Roiland can deliver. A big part of Rick and Morty‘s hilarity comes from the perspective Rick has on Earth having seen so many more advanced and superior civilizations around the rest of the universe, and an element of that will definitely be woven into this series.
If that’s not enough to convince you that this show will be worth watching on Hulu this May, here’s the roster of guest stars from throughout the first season of the series: Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Amanda Leighton, Andrew Matarazzo, Andy Daly, Calum Worthy, Chris Cox, Christina Hendricks, Echo Kellum, Eric Bauza, Gary Anthony Williams, Gideon Adlon, Jacob Vargus, Jason Mantzoukas, Jeannie Elias, Jesse Mendel, Jon Barinholtz, Karan Brar, Kari Wahlgren, Ken Marino, Liam Cunningham, Maurice LaMarche, Miguel Sandoval, Nat Faxon, Natalie Morales, Neil Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rainn Wilson, Rob Schrab, Ryan Ridley, Sagan McMahan, Thomas Barbusca, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Kenny, Vargus Mason, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
That’s a great mix of familiar voice stars and famous faces, and we can’t wait to see what characters the end up playing.
Solar Opposites centers around a team of four aliens who have escaped their exploding home world, 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 Giambroni 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.
We’ve only seen five episodes from the fourth season of Rick and Morty. The new episodes aired towards the end of last year, and since then, we’ve gotten no word from Adult Swim on when we’ll see the rest of the season. Considering the recent delays due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most TV shows and movies that were in production, the return of Rick and Morty is completely up in the air. However, the duo did return to Adult Swim this past weekend, albeit in a much different form.
During the Toonami block of programming that airs anime shows on Adult Swim, there was a whole Rick and Morty anime short inspired by Lone Wolf and Cub, the manga created by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima, which has been turned into several different movies and TV adaptations, not to mention having a huge influence on the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Watch the Rick and Morty anime short below.
Rick and Morty Anime Short
Titled Samurai and Shogun, the Rick and Morty anime short finds Rick as a samurai who is taking care of Morty, confined to a levitating wheelchair of some kind. The two are walking through a field at night when suddenly a bunch of portals open around them to reveal a small army of Ninja Ricks. Apparently, Shogun Morty is the soul of the Ninja Ricks, and they want him back. But they’re not going to get him without a fight.
A bloody battle ensues in perfect anime style, thanks to the writing and directing of Kaichi Sato, as well as producer Maki Terashima. The blood doesn’t just splatter, but it shoots like a firehose from the various fatal wounds that Samurai Rick inflicts on the endless Ninja Ricks. Limbs are lost, heads are sliced, and one Ninja Rick even has is face cut clean-off. Shogun Morty gets in on the action too, thanks to some concealed blades in his hover-chair.
There’s still no update on when Rick and Morty will continue with the rest of the forth season, but if Adult Swim has more shorts like this up their sleeve in various animation styles, that would certainly help pass the time. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.
Apple TV+ comedies have already delved into the world of video game development and the life of Emily Dickinson. On May 1, the streaming service will explore the joys — but mostly the outrageous trials and tribulations — of parenting when “Trying” hits the platform.
Apple unveiled the trailer for “Trying,” a half-hour British comedy, on Monday, March 30. The series will center on Nikki Esther Smith and Jason Rafe Spall, a 30-something couple who must learn to grow up, settle down, and find someone to love after it’s revealed Nikki is incapable of having a child.
Per Apple, all that Nikki and Esther want is a baby — but it's the one thing they just can't have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can't start a family? After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they're ready to be parents?
The plot might hinge on Nikki's distressing infertility, but the “Trying” trailer promises plenty of laughs out of the protagonist's unfortunate situation. The series' trailer shows the duo hustling to improve their lives, gleefully pointing out one another's faults, but ultimately bonding through their quest to start their own family.
Additional cast members include BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris. The series is produced by BBC Studios, written by Andy Wolton, and directed by Jim O'Hanlon.
“Trying” will mark the latest addition to an expanding Apple TV+ comedy slate. The streaming service recently released “Mythic Quest Raven's Banquet,” a video game workplace comedy starring and co-created by Rob McElhenney “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” that has already been renewed for a second season. Apple TV+ is also preparing to release its animated musical “Central Park” on May 29, just in time for Emmy season.
Other recent and upcoming Apple TV+ projects include “Little America” and “Defending Jacob.” The former, which released in January, was praised by IndieWire’s Ben Travers as one of the streaming service's standout titles, while the latter, a limited drama starring Chris Evans, is shaping up to be a potential Emmy contender.