TV REVIEW: RICK AND MORTY – SEASON 03 – EPISODE 07

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RICK AND MORTY S3 EP7 – 

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Rick and Morty go to The Lost City of Atlantis.

Director:

Dominic Polcino

Review by Mary Cox

I’ve previously criticized this series for getting too far up it’s own ass with melodrama and family dynamics, but other than in fleeting moments, we’ve never seen a true dramatic episode like “The Ricklantis Mixup” before. Like any good sci-fi, this episode was highly topical and touched on a ton of contemporary issues, including police brutality, racial prejudice, class inequality, and the looming threat of authoritarian takeovers.

Rick and Morty has never shied away from heavy content. The series has followed the collapse of Beth and Jerry’s marriage, Morty’s sexual assault at the hands of Mr. Jellybean, and Rick’s attempted suicide. In the past, a shift from comedy to drama has been the death knell for several Adult Swim series, but the rabid popularity of Rick and Morty means its creators have a greater license to experiment with their show and its content.

The return of Evil Eye Patch Morty from “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” is a part of the greater shift to post-postmodernism that is surfacing in adult animation. It is a continuation of David Foster Wallace’s concept of New Sincerity, an honest and empathetic iteration of nihilism that has been divorced from the irony, skepticism and cynicism characteristic of postmodernist works. Rick and Morty both acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that life has no existential meaning.

It’s pretty weighty stuff from a series that started off as a Back to the Future parody, but at the same time, that’s exactly why Rick and Morty is what it is. At heart, this series, and several other post-postmodernist works, are a Millennial rejection of Gen X’s culture of apathy and cynicism. It is a casting off of self-satisfied irony, self-reference, and insincerity in drama.

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“Mary Cox is an entertainment writer from the United States. Her hobbies include making good beer and bad decisions, watching drag queens fight on the internet, and overanalyzing everything. Mary one day hopes to be the person shouting “World Star” in the back of a Waffle House brawl video. She is currently tolerating life in Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter at @M_K_Cox”t

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TV REVIEW: RICK AND MORTY – S03 – E02 – Rickmancing the Stone

rickandmorty1.jpgRick, Morty, and Summer travel to a post-apocalyptic dimension and meet some dangerous enemies.

Directors: Dominic Polcino, Wesley Archer
Writers: Dan Harmon (created by), Justin Roiland (created by)
Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Review by Mary Cox
 
After the April Fools surprise of the first episode of the season being leaked early, Rick and Morty is finally back and on a clear release schedule. Tonight’s episode has Morty and Summer trying to cope with their parent’s divorce by escaping into a Mad Max-type post-apocalyptic desert world to try and work through their emotional issues. Morty deals with his unresolved anger at his father through his mutant arm in a refreshing take on the “enchanted armor overpowering its user” trope. On the other hand, Summer unsuccessfully dives headfirst into a relationship to try and fill the void in her life caused by her family breaking apart.

It’s interesting how Summer is taking such an active role in her adventures with Rick while Morty has historically been hesitant to participate. As much as this episode made it seem like Morty and Summer are over their parent’s divorce after their return from the Apocalypse world, it does seem like this particular emotional thread is going to continue throughout the rest of the series.

A lot of time has been spent establishing that Jerry and Beth’s relationship was toxic and codependent, so it feels like a step in the right direction for them to get divorced. However, their separate lives that were showcased in the first Intergalactic TV episode seem to imply that despite their issues, Beth and Jerry are better off together. We’ll have to wait and see how this dynamic plays out in future episodes.

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“Mary Cox is an entertainment writer from the United States. Her hobbies include making good beer and bad decisions, watching drag queens fight on the internet, and overanalyzing everything. Mary one day hopes to be the person shouting “World Star” in the back of a Waffle House brawl video. She is currently tolerating life in Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter at @M_K_Cox”t