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An alcoholic, misanthropic scientific genius often goes on intergalactic and interdimensional endeavours with his 14 year old big-hearted, dim-witted, chronically nervous grandson– this is one crazy premise. The show is Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, an animated sci-fi sitcom that’s very loosely based on Back to the Future and just may be the best-written comedy on television. The show, whose third season is a month away from airing on Adult Swim, certainly stands out among the network’s other brilliantly made content and other cartoons such as Adventure time and Gravity Falls.

The show made by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, is unapologetic about the theme and subjects portrayed. The animation is hyper violent and dark, and we see various subjects being explored which usually isn’t the case for a cartoon.

Initially pitched as a parody, this show goes unusually deep into dark humour. The concept of alternate timelines and dimension is a common theme in the show and reminds us of our trivial existence. The narrative is well worked out and the voice actors are brilliant in their job.

“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die,” 14-year-old Morty tells his sister, Summer.

Rick and Morty’s lives are pointless, and they know it. The show drives the ideas of nihilism and existentialism. In the crazy world of Rick and Morty, there is nothing to do but embrace nihilism: to realize that the point of existence is to stop searching for a point, and accept the chaos of the moment. Rick has a very pessimistic worldview, informing Morty that love is ‘just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed’, advising him not to continue the cycle of love, marriage and heartbreak that he had to go through and that his parents would likely go through, encouraging him to direct his energy towards science.

The show resonated with me because of this nature of poking fun at itself and also be serious when it needs to be. Also the tension in Rick’s parents’ marriage and his relationship with his grandfather makes it an interesting watch. When we have to accept the chaos, Rick and Morty speaks to its viewers by making this acceptance easier.

Rick And Morty Credit: Adult Swim

Rick and Morty Season 3 comes out on July 30th on Adult Swim. This one is a must watch and should be on the top of your list if you haven’t already.

Watch the Season 3 trailer:

 

Below, I have listed 5 of the Best Rick and Morty moments from the past 2 seasons according to me. Since, I will go into details, this will be SPOILER territory. Please refrain from reading and watch the show asap if you haven’t.

  • I’m Mr. Meeseeks! Look at me! (S01E05)

Existence is a pain when your only objective is to fulfil other’s wishes. This is a spin on the classic tale of Aladdin’s Genie, who is always seen as a happy and lovable character.

Jerry Smith surrounded by Mr. Meeseeks. Credits: Adult Swim

Mr. Meeseeks’ optimistic approach in the beginning slowly fades away into uncontrolled rage as Jerry Smith is unable to take two strokes off his golf game. The episode is hilarious and also makes us think about our focussed approach to any task and the length to which we should go to achieve it. It also throws in the idea of existentialism

 

 

  • Raising Gazorpazorp (S01E07)
The teenage Gazorpian boy with Morty Smith. Credits: Adult Swim

 

This episode handled the sensitive subject to underage parenting, explores gender roles and the question of Nature vs. Nurture.

Without making it into a clichéd commentary on women mind-set, the episode showed us how the two sexes respond to various situations. Also, thrown in the impending doom of violence by the Gazorpian baby, Morty is challenged to nurture a seemingly disturbed child. 

 

  • Pass the Butter (S01E09)

    Rick watching over the Butter Robot. Credits: Adult Swim

Butter Robot: What is my purpose?

Rick: You pass the butter.

Butter Robot: (sadly) Oh my God!

Rick: Yeah. Welcome to the club, pal!

 

 

This small dialogue in the show emphasises the concept of nihilism that is prevalent throughout the show. We feel for the robot and his mundane life.

 

  • Time Paradox (S02E01)

Rick, Morty and Summer unfreezes time from the Season one finale’s crazy party and create multiple time paradoxes which are simultaneously present on the screen. This episode also shows that Rick can sometimes lose control of the situation and that’s when his grandparents come in.

Rick, Morty and Summer exist in multiple time paradoxes. Credits: Adult Swim

Rick, Morty and Summer unfreezes time from the Season one finale’s crazy party and create multiple time paradoxes which are simultaneously present on the screen. This episode also shows that Rick can sometimes lose control of the situation and that’s when his grandparents come in.

We also get to see Rick’s double standard in his religious view, when he prays to God and immediately curses Him.

 

  • Rick’s surrender (S02E10)
Rick imprisoned. Credit: Adult Swim

 

When Rick and the Smiths attend the ill-fated wedding of Birdperson and Tammy, the Galactic Federation attacks them and they leave for an intergalactic hunt.

In the end, Rick surrenders to the Federation when he realises the threat he poses to his family and it makes an emotional scene.

Rick is booked and incarcerated in a maximum-security Federation prison, seemingly without bail or parole. A fellow prisoner asks him what he did. “Everything,” Rick glumly replies. Johnny Cash’s Hurt plays in the background.

 

 

 

 

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