Well, after almost a year and a half, Rick & Morty Season 3 is well under way. I kind of missed my shot at talking about the first episode (which premiered on April 1st) because of emotional troubles. Now that I have the chance, I’m going to talk about it, with the episode that premiered last Sunday night/Monday morning.
And, as such, spoilers ahead.
Before I begin, I would like to point out that this is more looking at the episodes themselves, not so much from a Christian angle or worldview. Rick & Morty is a predominantly atheistic show—almost in the same way that Doctor Who is. Ergo, not every episode will have a solid moral or takeaway.
Or, if it does, it’ll be forced. You’ve been warned.
Episode 1: “The Rickshank Rickdemption”
The plot is as the name implies: Rick breaks out of prison through his usual, alcohol-and-nihilism-fueled tomfoolery. It’s been a while—four months and counting—since I watched it, but I remember it being fairly complicated, with Rick’s consciousness hopping from one body to another body to another body.
Though, along the way, Rick—through the power of plot advancement—devalues his captors’ currency. If this episode does have a moral, it’s that physical possessions only have value that we give them. Whether it’s the dollar, a car, or McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce.
Not necessarily a Christian moral, but one that would come in handy for when I clean house.
Also, I was basically a baby when Mulan came out; was the Szechuan Sauce actually that good? I’m asking because I’ve never had it.
Episode 2: “Rickmancing the Stone”
You’d think with a name that plays on Romancing the Stone, the episode would be set in a lush, South American jungle. But no. It’s a Mad Max parody.
Rick, Morty, and Summer (Morty’s older sister) are in another universe looking for an isotope that functions as a power source. Meanwhile, Morty and Summer are feeling the repercussions of their parents going through a divorce. It’s basically a 20-minute Mad Max reference with an interesting lesson on dealing with change. It felt like a filler episode, but Rick & Morty hasn’t had much in the field of meta-narrative.
But, still, it has the normal content problems of Rick & Morty, paired with the content problems of Mad Max. Normally, I’d say, “Make of it what you will,” except this wasn’t really that great of an episode, even by Rick & Morty standards.
So, yeah. Season 3, so far. I’m not sure if I’ll do this for the rest of the season. If I do, it’ll be another set of two episodes per post, just so I’m not talking about Rick & Morty for three months non-stop.