Moral Orel: Repression
(S02E12) Stop-motion animated sex is kind of disturbing. While watching this episode I wondered how much needed to be cut to make it suitable for air. Perhaps nothing needed to be cut, but this was certainly one of the more sexually graphic episodes.
The series was renewed for a third season recently, but I wonder how deep the "idea well" is for a series like Moral Orel. The city of Moralton and the denizens therein are trapped in their own little world, and it's not a world like Robot Chicken or Family Guy where gags can just come from anywhere, and it's not a satire of everything like The Simpsons. I'm obviously a fan of the show and its menagerie of characters struggling to appear righteous while committing all the sins us "normal" folks do, but the Moral Orel universe is so specifically constructed to represent a certain way of life I can't imagine it continuing further without starting to repeat itself.
Unless it becomes a half-hour show. I also mentioned this in my last review, but I'll go into more detail here. Moral Orel can be very funny, very twisted and very sick, but there are some "real" moments that make it stand out from other shows on Adult Swim (Venture Bros is another example of a series that mixes the funny and emotional quite well).
However, as the show progresses, it's becoming more and more clear that an eleven-minute runtime is not good for a show like this. I think the people behind the show have done a great job of including certain amounts of emotion and subtext, but given a full half-hour, those moments could be explored even more.
Okay, I know I just wrote four paragraphs without actually reviewing the episode, but this was actually a review of sorts. I thought the whole idea of repression and just pretending your good was really funny, and I loved it when Principal Fakey convinces himself it's his wife who gave him an STD, and comes to this insane realization while he himself is having sex with Nurse Bendy. However, that kind of delusional thinking is par for the course in Moralton, and I wanted more than that, thus my wish that the episode had more time to delve into the lives of the characters.
I'll give it a five out of seven.