TV Review – Solar Opposites Holiday Special (Hulu)

Although it’s only Thanksgiving, Hulu is ready to bring you some festive cheer to you with the Solar Opposites Holiday Special, aptly titled “A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special”. While I wouldn’t say it’s family friendly, it’s definitely a barrel of laughs. Solar Opposites not only nail their own holiday special, but they also succeed in their parody of everyone else’s.

The four main aliens Korvo (Justin Roiland), Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone), Terry (Thomas Middleditch), and Jesse (Mary Mack) all go in search for the Christmas spirit by entering classic Christmas movies such as Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by way of Korvo’s Ready Player One machine.

They end up sliding into Jingle All the Way (a movie I absolutely adore) and end up losing their Christmas cheer. Realizing that they must complete the story in order to get their Christmas cheer back, the family reenters the movie only to find out that 80 years have passed, and the world has turned into a desolate Escape From New York-esque wasteland.

Again, I can’t stress how much I love Jingle All the Way, and I love Solar Opposites’ take on the holiday rush movie. They don’t just go for parody and recreate the movie. They instead play the movie straight for laughs and then take a whole other approach when they return to finish the story. It’s a fun, but dark time. And I have to hand it to the writers, they know the tropes of Jingle All the Way”and find ways to weave them into this post-apocalyptic rendition.

If the main storyline is the family missing the true meaning of Christmas through it holiday specials and films, then Pupa (Sagan McMahan) is the one with the real holiday story. At Christmas mass, Pupa discovers a father who regrets kicking his son out of the house for being bisexual, albeit just a little, and the little supercomputer goes on a journey to reunite the father and son.

The two stories collide, providing each group with what they wanted out of Christmas, which is how I’d describe this episode. While most families likely won’t be bonding over this special, if you’re like me and want some fun, dark and crass counterprogramming to all the traditional holiday specials, like Hallmark and the classic Christmas movies, then this is it.

Rating: 4/5.

The Solar Opposites Holiday Special is streaming on Hulu now.

Lawr_avThe writer of this piece is: Laurence Almalvez
Laurence tweets from @IL1511

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