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Moral Orel: God Fearing

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 27th 2006 10:34AM

moral orelAny show that views religion through a satirical lens is bound to be misunderstood. The Simpsons dealt with religious themes from the beginning and caught a lot of flak until it became clear that the target of its humor was not "God" but rather how human beings interpret religion and spirituality. The same could be said for South Park, especially with the recently vilified "Bloody Mary" episode. While South Park's approach is certainly more abrasive, neither it nor The Simpsons ever denies that God exists. The satirical crosshairs are always pointed directly at us lowly terrestrial beings.

Of course, one can't get too caught up in such things when you're trying to make a funny show. As Moral Orel creator Dino Stamatopoulos said in a recent interview, "I leave it up for others to decide what's offensive. Let the party poopers have that crappy job."

He's right. If your particular medium is satirical humor, it's inevitably going to be offensive to someone, and last night's episode of Moral Orel was a testament to that. The episode takes place during Halloween, but Orel is so full of God's love that nothing scares him. Using the kind of logic that previously resulted in him raising the dead and selling his own urine as a sports drink, Orel decides the only thing that will truly scare him is to make God angry, so he sets out to break all Ten Commandments in one day. He breaks nine of them easily but has a little bit of trouble with that pesky "Thou Shalt Not Kill" rule. Fortunately, he's able to solve that by tricking an old man into stepping out in traffic. This marks the second time Orel has killed an old person on the show, and both times the act fills him with absolute elation. Orel figures he can just repent the next day and everything will be fine, and in perfect Moral Orel fashion, his father commends his son for being so observant.

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Dave Caolo

MrC: Thanks for the accurate text...I was more than a little tired by the time Orel was going off the air ;)

Here's to hoping we see more of Orel.

February 27 2006 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

The bump last night said (paraphraseing):
We hope you enjoyed the last episode for Moral Orel
ever
except for the 3 we're fighting Standards over
and the 20 new episodes in production

so I think it's fair to say that there will be more.

My lady and I were speculating as to what could be so bad in the 3 held episodes, considering what they've done with the aired ones.

February 27 2006 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave Caolo

Adam:

What did you think of the messages that appeared after the show had aired, specifically, "What you just saw was the last new episode of Moral Orel."It also said something about their working to get additional episodes aired, but "standards and practices" (or something like that) was trying to block them. Is this Adult Swim tom foolery or is Moral Orel really a wrap (I hope not)?

February 27 2006 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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