Hulu’s ‘Solar Opposites’ flips the script on ‘Rick and Morty’: Review

Jene J. Long

Can I get an order of sci-fi animation from Justin Roiland? Hold the existential dread.

Hulu’s Solar Opposites, streaming all of its eight-episode first season today, has a lot in common with Rick and Morty. The animation style, the humans-meet-aliens comedic throughline, Roiland’s guttural voice acting — it’s all apparent within moments of the series’ first episode. For diehard fans of the Smith family multiverse, it’s the perfect accessory to accompany five new Rick and Morty episodes coming to Adult Swim this May.

A spectacular gem worthy of its own fanbase.

But it’s the ways Solar Opposites differs from its intergalactic predecessor that make it a spectacular gem worthy of its own fanbase. 

Created by Roiland and former Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan, Solar Opposites follows four aliens from the distant planet of Shlorp. When an asteroid destroys their home, adults Korvo (Roiland) and Terry (Thomas Middleditch) flee with

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Lockdowns, oil slump and prison closing

Jene J. Long
The McKittrick oil field in the town of McKittrick in Kern County on State Route 33, has over 1,100 producing wells. With the falling price of oil, some pump jacks that need repair are being left idle. <span class="copyright">(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The McKittrick oil field in the town of McKittrick in Kern County on State Route 33, has over 1,100 producing wells. With the falling price of oil, some pump jacks that need repair are being left idle. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is slamming cities and towns across the state.

But for Taft, a city of roughly 9,300 people in far western Kern County, there have been a few extra punches to the gut.

With prices and demand for oil down, the thousands of pump jacks that ordinarily bob up-and-down on the horizon are at a virtual standstill. That is adding to the misery on main street, where restaurants, gyms, stationery shops and other stores have been ordered closed.

And then there’s the fact that another major employer, the privately owned Taft Correctional Institute, closed its doors on April 30 after sending

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Tesla worldwide production suspended after China shutdown, reports say

Jene J. Long

Tesla production has come to a worldwide standstill after the sudden shutdown of its China plant as US workers, meanwhile, prepare to reopen its California factory in the next week, according to reports.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reported that the electric car manufacturer informed workers at its Gigafactory near Shanghai on Wednesday that their five-day Labor Day holiday would be extended.

They were supposed to return to work on Wednesday 6 May, but were told to stay home and prepare to return as soon as 9 May, according to people who spoke Bloomberg News under condition of anonymity.

In the company’s San Francisco plant in Fremont, meanwhile, workers reportedly returned on Wednesday to prepare for a planned reopening of some production lines between now and next week, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but in a

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These businesses can open in L.A. County beginning Friday

Jene J. Long
Manager Danny Justman at Pawnmart in Norwalk. <span class="copyright">(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Manager Danny Justman at Pawnmart in Norwalk. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It’s not much, but Los Angeles County announced the very first steps in easing stay-at-home rules that have slowed the spread of coronavirus.

While some counties have defied the state and reopened widely, Los Angeles County said its easing efforts are much more modest, given the region remains the epicenter of coronavirus in California with more than 1,300 deaths.

Florists, car dealers and various types of brick-and-mortar stores — including those that sell toys, music, books, clothing and sporting goods — will be allowed to be open for curbside pickup only. In-store shopping will not be permitted.

Here are details:

Nonessential business: reopening for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection-control protocols

Outdoor parks and recreational facilities are open provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection-control protocols

These rules remain:

  • Wear a face covering

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