Moral Orel: Nature Part Two (season finale)
This is an early review.
This two-parter really made me hate Clay Puppington, and I don't think I can say that about any other cartoon character. Hell, Cartman from South Park has done tons of horrible things, even indirectly killed people, but watching Clay treat Orel so poorly and so dismissively made me want to break off his frail, wire-supported arms.
And that's a good thing, you know? I was glad I became so invested in this episode, and that I truly felt bad for what Orel was going through. There was no moment of revelation when his father realized what he had done -- like the title suggests, it's his father's nature to be cruel and self hating. To end the episode (and the season) any other way than Orel reflecting quietly on who his father really is wouldn't have worked.
The undercurrent of negative feelings that came bubbling up in this episode have been evident for some time, so it's not as if an emotionally-charged episode like this is a complete surprise. I might have asked for a little more humor to balance things out, but that's my desire as a viewer and most likely not what they were going for in this episode. That's not to say the episode was void of laughs, or that it was too heavy. I especially liked it when Orel's mother told him men and women had to get married so men and women didn't marry the same sex and have "fairysexuals."
In many ways, this darker episode had to happen. They could have kept hinting at Clay's self-loathing and Orel's growing disappointment in his father, but at some point that must come to a head. This explosion, undoubtedly, will form the foundation for season three, like a volcano gives birth to an island.
That's a terrible analogy, but my point is that Moral Orel shook itself up to move on to a new level, and I'm looking forward to what things will change and what things will stay the same come season three.
Oh yeah, I just checked my notes and forgot to mention the opening credit sequence in which Orel (doesn't) look up to God, but keeps his head down in prayer. Possibly the most sublime moment in the series so far.