01-04-2012 02:35 AM
A lot of you know me as one of the biggest negatives/naysayers when it comes to shows on AS. It's well known I barely like anything on AS, save for the old Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka 7, Evangelion, the Venture Bros, etc. Well, now with the reshowings of Moral Orel, and all these rumors of a special, I feel it's time for me to re-open about the series itself.
To be frank, I hated Moral Orel. It felt like Dino just taking vicious potshots for the sake of satire at religion (I'm Agnostic, by the way). It had been overdone to the point of absurdity, and the characters had very little-to-no redeeming traits whatsoever. Orel was the greatest Karma Houdini to ever live, as he could do some of the worst evils around (on accident mind you), and yet the next week, oh dear, another jam. Season 1 to 2 pretty much tapped my deepest, most vicious forms of ire that I could muster. I hated this shows satirical, unlikable characters, who had little character save for being cardboard "hey! religion is evil cause we're evil!" cut outs.
... Then Season 2 ended by shattering this reconception. Orel lost his innocence. He was shot by his drunkard father, and it endured into the next season. It was Season 3 that finally got me to like Moral Orel. It became less of a satire, and more of humanizing the characters. For all the dark people seemed to think it was, it was also the most hopeful: A lot of characters actually mended themselves over from their pains and prejudices. Broken Families reunited. Clay finally got what was coming to him, and Orel finally got his happy ending.
I really wish the lost episodes had been released. Only one I didn't like thus far was the one where Orel becomes a "Christian Goth", which sounds more like it was trying to go right back to square one. Still, to me, the series ended as best as I could have imagined it, though I do wish more characters got more focused, and there was more room for characterization, rather than what built the show in the first place: Mindless, vicious satire. I'm interested in the future for this showm and if it'll return to it's stereotypical roots, or if whatever coming products will instead remain with the "characterization" arc that season 3 started focusing on.
Because frankly, that's all AS ever puts on now. I had to suffer through Redneck Tentacle Monsters and the Fat White Women Who Love Them, Tim and Eric **noel** Each Other for 15 Minutes Show, Roger Smith Screams and Whines for 30 Minutes, and all those crappy parodies made in real live action (Children's Hospital, The CSI ripoff, Saul, etc). While some of the comedies are good, it's very few and far in between. They all depend on the EXACT same thing: Overglorified Youtube Poop, or satire at the expense of absolutely no likable characters whatsoever.
I'll be quite frank to you all. I'm more likely to get incredibly depressed watching those shows that I am Season 3 of Moral Orel, or Evangelion. Why? Because the other shows are set around terrible people doing terrible things for the sake of comedy, and nothing bad ever happening to them. With S3 and Eva, while it was very depressed, they always kept a silver lining on the clouds. There was always some sort of hope in there, and for that you finally started caring about, and even liking, the characters. For all the tragedy, it kept the aesop that good things can happen, and good people do exist, and that is why I think that S3 Orel is superior to what it originally was: Just another crappy, mean-spirited parody.
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