11 November 2019 06:39
And fears that the more ambitious schedule might dampen the actual quality of the series should be quickly put to rest after watching the Season 4 premiere. The Top 10 Rick and Morty Episodes 11 IMAGES While Jerry himself isn't as big a focal point as hoped, we do see a Rick who's struggling to come to terms with his new reality and the fact that he can't win every single battle.But as much as this episode builds on the evolving status quo in the Smith household, it also manages to tell a very classic Rick and Morty tale. This episode drops plenty of pop culture references and homages along the way, but the conflict is wholly Rick and Morty. If anything, the premise could easily have filled out an hour-long episode, though leaner is probably better in the end.Another big plus is how Morty-driven the premiere turns out to be. The series can be very cynical when it hinges on Rick and his inability or unwillingness to grow as a person, but it becomes something else when Morty is the main protagonist.
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I laughed a lot; the bit where Hologram Rick (an emergency measure generated by a chip installed into Morty's spine in case the real Rick—well, the solid Rick, let's be careful about terms here—dies) shows up as a group of proteste rs when Morty refuses to listen to his instructions had me on the floor. The two year gap between episodes hasn't diminished the writers' knack for taking a premise in unexpected but entirely logical directions, and the show still looks great: this isn't the most ambitious episode we've seen, but the quick glimpses of parallel universes (so many fascist nightmares) are all well-realized, and Morty's escalating attempts to ensure his future death at Jessica's side allows for a lot of creative weapon designs. The episode splits the idea into two, giving Rick the endless lives (he has a device that keeps waking up a clone in another reality; every time that clone dies, a new one wakes up someplace else) and Morty the ability to predict the future and avoid death without exactly knowing what any of it means. On a macro level, it's an expression of one of the core concepts of the series: Morty gets his hands on some batshit powerful alien thingie (in this case, a "death crystal" that lets you see how you'll die; except since the future is always in flux, the death keeps changing, making it only really useful for escaping immediate consequences), Rick gets sidelined, and things get out of hand. There's also a running bit about Nazi Morty insisting that Clone Rick take him on fun adventures that have no deeper meaning at all which feels like a pretty solid swipe at a lot of Gamer Gate bullshit.
Morty's fixation on trying to engineer the perfect death (the crystal shows him dying an old man as an older Jessica tells him she loves him) suggests a lesson about getting too worked up about where things are headed to just enjoy where they are right now, although even Rick acknowledges that there's no clean and simple moral to any of this. It's hilarious and weird and as always, it makes me feel like I'm being punked for trying to unpack it at all, while at the same time knowing that everyone involved in the show is probably doing the same damn thing. And while I'll refrain from working too hard to extrapolate what happens next, the fact that it ends with Rick and Morty doing a riff on the "let's talk about the future of the show!" conversation where they're both happy for once has me hopeful. Following a grueling two-year hiatus, Rick and Morty returned to Adult Swim on Sunday with the first of five new episodes from Season 4. We learned that death crystals allow individuals to see how they're going to die, but as Rick explained, the conclusions constantly change as a result of the different choices a person makes throughout their life. Upon seeing himself dying of old age with his beloved Jessica, Morty became a man possessed, doing whatever it took to make sure that extremely specific future came to pass — including stealing one of the crystals, accidentally getting Rick killed, then refusing an emergency hologram's instructions to clone his grandfather back into existence. "Operation Phoenix" rerouted his back-up data to a clone vat in another universe, a "fascist dystopia" where Rick watched as his counterpart was murdered in cold blood by Nazi-Morty. "He was an inferior Rick," Nazi-Morty explained. (For the record, it's only the first episode of the new season, and we're already struggling to keep up with the number of times Rick has died.) Operation Phoenix brought Rick back once again, this time as a shrimp-person in an alternate reality full of — you guessed it — fascist shrimp-people. In the end, Rick and Morty agreed that they should do "a little of this, a little of that" from now on. Your thoughts on Sunday's Rick and Morty premiere?