In case you don't know, Moral Orel is a short-lived incredibly pretentious cartoon that aired on Adult Swim for three seasons before it was cancelled. I remember enjoying the show at first, but before the end of the first season I lost most of the good feelings I had towards the show, and I only watched until the end because I thought that since it was good early on maybe it would get good again. Lots of people online defend the show, but a number of people also dislike it, and professional critics generally consider it to be average at best. It's technically well put together, but it overreaches too much and Dino (the creator) seems to think that having a decent idea makes up for a lack of proper narrative execution. Also, it's one of those Adult Swim shows that relies heavily on continuity to tell an ongoing story, except during episodes where it just decides to abandon continuity altogether. It's inconsistent and undisciplined, and it's one of the cartoons I dislike the most. Anyways, here's one of the main moments that made me truly hate the show. The Twist With The Nurse - This twist was so try-hard and edgy it's actually a lot more funny than 'dark'. In an earlier episode (Alone) there's a nicely played out twist where it is revealed that the school nurse was raped when she was younger and as an adult isn't well adjusted because of it. The twist in this episode was kind of ruined by the fact that it had to share space with an absolutely retarded subplot involving an elderly woman planning to "Take over the town," (What is she going to do? Sit on a throne and declare herself queen?), and the message that 'Rape is bad' is undermined by the fact that the episode features a woman who was raped and apparently enjoyed it so much that hearing that her rapist has been executed sends her into a fit of depression, and causes her to smile as she remembers the rape and wishes it would happen again. The whole rape thing and loneliness thing might have worked if the episode wasn't so cluttered and if the show's writers could decide on what exactly they wanted to say with the episode, rather than go for the "Nothing is black and white, everything is grey," thing. The problem with the 'Alone' episode is that the writers probably assumed that they were showing "Shades of grey," with the episode, when what they were actually doing was showing two sides of a complex issue, the 'black' side of rape being bad in every circumstance, and the 'white' side which is that under some very specific circumstances rape can be good. There's no attempt to blend the two together, and the confused message doesn't really work. The thing is, the big ideas auteur like to express work best when they focus hard on the message they want to bring across and express their message in a way that some people will disagree with and some people will agree with, but all sides will respect the auteur for showcasing their point of view in a creative and uncompromising way. With Moral Orel what Dino would often attempt to do is take a serious issue (Rape, adultery, incest, drugs, fetishes) and present it in a way that doesn't come across as an auteur expressing his own point of view, but a guy who desperately wants to be viewed as an auteur expressing ideas in the shallowest way possible and expecting people to see what he's doing as being profound in some way. I once compared this show to a fanfiction story, or MrEnter's description of what he would like to see in a cartoon, because that's honestly what it feels like most of the time. It feels like the work of a young adult who believes that maturity is measured in how much sex, drugs, violence and controversial subject matter is included in a piece of fiction. It feels like it was made by someone who believes that writing numerous episodes about the hypocrisy that people display is a concept that is so unique that it can carry an entire show on it's own (I blame 'Death To Smoochy' for popularizing the 'cartoon characters can be the opposite of their television personas in real life, and the same goes for all children's entertainers' idea). If it had never gained a following it would simply be a show that I dislike, but the fact that it not only has a following, but a following devoted enough to defend it as one of the BEST CAARTOOONS EVAAR!! IT'S SO EDGY AND DEEP MAN!! makes me hate it more than I already after finishing the series. The characters aren't likable despite trying really hard to be, the plot twists are all incredibly obvious and often telegraphed heavily but the show still acts as though every plot twist and character revelation is incredibly unexpected and clever. One final note. Say what you want about children's cartoons, but one advantage they have is that they can't depend on 'shock' twists to the extent that adult cartoons can. In MLP:FIM one of the twists in an episode is that a tomboy character likes to spend a day getting pampered at the spa, which is fair enough, not shocking but a nice bit of character development. In Moral Orel the 'twist' is always, always, ALWAYS related to something edgy, and it gets incredibly predictable after a while. For instance, one of the twists involves a young boy killing his mother, one twist involves a boy being molested in an ice cream truck, and one twist involves the Necronomicon. Thoughts?