“The Solar Opposites Almost Get an Xbox” brings the second season to a close with plenty more left in the tank for the already-confirmed third outing.
This recap of Solar Opposites season 2, episode 8, “The Solar Opposites Almost Get An Xbox”, contains spoilers.
Nothing screams “finale” like sudden existentialism, and that’s precisely the stock which “The Solar Opposites Almost Get An Xbox” trades to bow out this more-of-the-same second season. With all the Wall business handled earlier in the season, this finale focuses on the family and their perceived purpose as the pupa suddenly becomes a threat to the entire planet.
Pupa is a fun narrative device since none of the family members really understand its evolutionary cycle. Here, it turns blue, which means they’re all going to die at midnight and the planet is going to be terraformed. I mean, why not? Really, it just exists as an excuse for a madcap final episode, since Korvo realizes, thanks to their neighbor Keith, that the commonly held belief of life simply going on after death isn’t entirely true, which means that the aliens have very little time remaining to achieve real fulfillment.
Their attempts to be fulfilled are varied and ridiculous, as expected, from witnessing water polo championships, using a ray gun to teach literacy, and eventually… killing each other, which they discover quite by accident is an easy way to rack up mileage on their fulfillment meters. Solar Opposites season 2, episode 8 really goes to town with this idea, turning the house into a complete bloodbath as everyone plots to and largely succeeds in murdering one another.
Since you can’t just kill off the entire cast with the third season already commissioned, everyone reincarnates as trees, because again – why not? And in so doing they’re able to discover what really fulfills them the most, which is understandably tormenting Keith. The meta fourth-wall-breaking humor persists right until the end, with the reincarnation bit being justification for seemingly infinite seasons, and Korvo receiving a text from Hulu booking the family for a holiday special.