How I Will Be Covering Rick and Morty Season 3

If you are currently unaware, Adult Swim hosted an April Fool’s Day stream in which they looped the long-anticipated season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty. Although we will tragically have to wait until summer for the remaining nine episodes, I thought now would be an appropriate time to discuss how I will be covering the upcoming season.

If you remember back to late summer/early fall of 2015, when season 2 was in its prime, I was writing weekly episode reviews. Similar in style to my current One Piece chapter reviews, I would analyze the episode, and speculate its implications on the overall narrative.

For season 3, we are going to be doing something a tad bit different. I will still be covering each episode, conducting the same thorough analysis. It is the medium, however, that will change.

Over on my YouTube channel (the link to which you can find under the YouTube Channel section of this blog), my friend Zack (123zc1) and I have been podcasting for almost an entire year. Our main show is The Two Fine-Looking Brothers Podcast, in which we discuss whatever we wish to on our own schedule. When RWBY Volume 4 debuted, I was working in Washington, D.C. I would not have had the time to write weekly episode reviews. In order to still cover the show, I decided to create a spinoff podcast titled The Fine-Looking Brothers Talk RWBY. Along with our friend Alberto, Zack and I covered each episode with the same level of detail and care I would have used in my text reviews. This podcast blew up in a sense, quickly becoming my most popular creative product to date.

In order to fill the void on my YouTube channel that the RWBY hiatus has created, we have decided to start a spiritual successor podcast. That’s right, The Fine-Looking Brothers Talk Rick and Morty is on its way! In other words, I will still be sharing my opinions on a weekly basis, just not on this blog. If you’re sick of hearing just what I have to say, the opinions of my co-hosts Zack and Alberto should tide you over. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel in order to ensure you don’t miss an episode.

The premiere podcast on S3, E1 will be uploaded this week, while the rest of the series will coincide with the airing of the remaining episodes this summer. I hope you all enjoy this change of pace, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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Rick and Morty: S2 E3- Review

It is episodes like these that really make you realize how much of a masterpiece Rick and Morty is. When an extremely foreign and over the top concept can conclude with such a down to earth and emotional ending, you know Dan and Justin are doing something right. Not only did this week’s episode surpass the first two in humor, drama, and writing; but it has cemented itself as my current favorite episode of the entire show.

During a casual drive through space, Rick, Morty, and Summer follow a distress signal that takes them to a ship. The crew complains that the people of their planet have been taken over my a hive mind known as Unity. From this premise, you would think the episode would go in the generic route; the heroes helping the band of survivors defeat the consciousness and save their people. However, it completely diverts from that path, leading to one of the most unique and original episodes of a science fiction series to date.

I found this episode to be a clever satire of classic episodic science fiction shows, namely Doctor Who and Star Trek. If this were one of those shows, it would be very easy to predict the entire plot of this episode from the get go. However, this episode makes a sharp divergence, showing how unique Rick and Morty truly is.

The B plot in this episode was also very strong. Although we were treated to character development from Jerry, the true treat was Beth’s development. We really learn about her inner psychology, namely why she keeps Rick around in the first place. This gives the viewers a more three dimensional perspective of her character, without changing her base personality in any way whatsoever.

The strongest element of this episode, however, was the ending. I have never come close to crying in a Rick and Morty episode, until now. Although there have been emotional moments in the show before, none have even come close to this in impact. If you thought Beth had amazing character development in this episode, it doesn’t even hold a candle to the look we get into Rick’s psychology in the last few minutes.

Evidently, this was both the technical best episode of Rick and Morty, as well as my personal favorite. Its episodes like this that prove the genius of Dan and Justin, cementing Rick and Morty as the best adult animated comedy on American television. My only worry is that, despite their high quality, future episodes of this season wont be able to live up to this one.

Rick and Morty: S2 E2- Review

I didn’t think it could get any better than last week’s episode; to my surprise, it did. This week’s episode of Rick and Morty was one of the best yet. The entire episode is a non-stop train ride of clever comedy and bizarre visuals, in both the A and B plots. In other words, it is the most Rick and Morty episode of Rick and Morty yet.

One of the definite high points of this episode was the plethora of throwbacks to season 1 episodes. Almost every scene is saturated with easter eggs. However, none of them feel forced. On the contrary, they feel like a reward for dedicated viewers, those who aren’t just tuning in for the first time.

It would be criminal for me not to talk about one of the best scenes in the show thus far. There is a particular scene that takes place when Rick and Morty are in the arcade. Rick forces Morty to play an arcade game titled Roy. I don’t want to spoil it, but it was one of the most morbidly funny scenes in Adult Swim history.

Perhaps the most entertaining part of this week’s A plot was the telepathic gas cloud known as “fart”. The way he blent into the relationship dynamic between Rick and Morty did not feel forced at all. In fact, it led to a ton of great comedy. The character felt like a hybrid of a David Bowie song and a Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared video. Although it is very unlikely, I would love to see him return to the show sometime in the future.

However, this was the first time in a while that I preferred the B plot to the A. The B plot, while hilarious if interpreted as simply a long bash at Jerry, can be analyzed as much more than that. To me, I saw it as a look into the psyche of Jerry, giving us some major, and frankly needed, character development. Now if Dan and Justin could give us some Beth character development, we’d be all set.

Evidently, this episode is one of the best of the show yet, and definitely the best of season 2 thus far. It is insane to think about how much happened in its 22 minute runtime. It had the content amount of a feature length film, yet it still didn’t feel rushed. I can confidently say that this is one of the episodes that you should show someone if you are trying to get them into the show. If the season continues at an incline with regards to episode quality, we are definitely in for a treat.