Rick and Morty: S2 E5- Review

Preface:

Due to a somewhat cluttered college schedule, my reviews are starting to fall a bit behind. However, I plan to work extra hard to provide you with fresh content multiple times a week.

Review:

This episode of Rick and Morty was my least favorite of the entire show. However, that doesn’t make it a bad episode by any means. Get Schwifty, while being the weakest overall episode, is still a great one in its own right. The fact that I could still find a massive amount of enjoyment in my least favorite episode of a show proves that Rick and Morty is one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

The plot revolves around a race of giant head aliens gathering planets from throughout the universe to “show them what they’ve got” in a musical competition lampooning American Idol, and other shows of that nature. As I am not a big fan talent competition shows, or pop/hip hop music, I did not connect with the A plot of this episode as much as I would have liked to. Don’t confuse my lack of connection with a lack of appreciation, I could see that it was still cleverly written.

However, this episode was able maintain its quality status amongst its predecessors with its B plot. It takes a dive into religious cultism, as well as the illegitimacy of certain common religious practices. It provides an interesting commentary on the influence of religion throughout history, as well as in modern society, without mentioning any real religions. This B plot definitely has a plethora of material that can be deeply analyzed not in terms of show theory, but with regards to social commentary.

The best part of this episode was the post-credits scene. It was hands down the best in the series to date. Upon my first viewing, I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes. The simultaneous absurdity and imaginative nature of the scene created a perfect juxtaposition. There was also a surprising amount of buildup to it throughout the episode; it wasn’t uncalled for in any way. 

Evidently, I don’y really have much to say about this episode. While it was strong, it was still my least favorite episode of the show. I don’t enjoy talking about it as much as the rest, and, aside for the the B plot and the post-credits scene, I wasn’t deeply invested in it. Therefore, this review will naturally be shorter than usual. I appreciate the writing and messages it tries to get across, but it definitely could have been stronger overall.

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Rick and Morty: S2 E1- Review

Rick and Morty is finally back for its second season; officially that is. In all honesty, I did watch this episode when it leaked a few weeks back. However, I watched it again this morning for the purposes of supporting Dan and Justin, as well as refreshing myself for this review. In my opinion, based solely on the first season, Rick and Morty is one of, if not the most cleverly written animated comedy on television. I am happy to say it looks like it wont be loosing any of that quality with season 2.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the premiere was a direct continuation to the season 1 finale. In the past, there has been clever continuity woven into the series, but no direct continuations. However, rather than simply extending the story in a contrived manner, the writers decided to dive into the consequences of Rick’s disastrous party at the end of last season.

What I really give this episode props for is both the animation and clever writing. As I said earlier, Rick and Morty is an extremely well written show. This is evident especially in this episode, when Rick, Morty, and Summer accidentally split reality into multiple timelines. These timelines are almost identical, but have slight dialogue or animation nuances that make them distinct from one another. This ties into the animation of the episode. In a sense, the animators had to create not one, but a plethora of slightly distinct episodes for about 50% to 75% of the 22 minute run time. I give any animation studio that can pull this off successfully major props. However, this would have collapsed into anarchy if it weren’t for Dan and Justin’s phenomenal writing.

The only problem I really had with this episode was the B plot. Not only was it pointless, it was boring. Every time it came up, I was almost begging to return to the A plot. The episode could have been greatly improved if the B plot was either written better, or eliminated all together.

To rap things up, this episode was overall very strong, and definitely has me looking forward to a great second season. As I wasn’t able to catch episode 2 during the leaks, I am hyped to see if it can live up to or surpass the high standard that this premiere set.