The Darkest Year of Their Adventures is a Roller Coaster of Heartfelt Stupidity
By: Rami Tabari
“Rick and Morty” season three takes everything you could possibly love from the previous seasons; wacky adventure, dark humor, and deep moments, and amplifies it by ten by throwing out Jerry.
In all seriousness, the year-and-a-half long wait was well worth the superb quality of content that the third season has delivered thus far. Original plotlines, exciting characters and fresh dimensions keep you hooked to the adventure while waiting to be put into your next coma by the endless laughter.
For those who don’t know, “Rick and Morty” is a dark comedy on Adult Swim that draws on the concept of “Doctor Who” meets “Back to the Future” slammed with an R rating. The combination creates complete nonsense on screen, but provides fulfilling character development with meaningful themes to tie it together. Season three does not disappoint in this regard.
With the unexpected release of ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ on April 1, season three starts off with special guest Nathan Fillion interrogating Rick about the creation of the Portal Gun. The show cleverly disguises Rick’s plan to escape with a heartfelt character moment, catering to one of the things it does best: tugging your heartstrings for fun.
“Rick and Morty” provides emotional scenes that get replaced with comedy or something rather sinister, and vice versa with comedy being replaced by a heartfelt moment. Season three utilizes this strength more than the previous seasons have. Rather than harboring a hidden meaning behind a character’s actions, Rick and Morty are thrown right into the family-tearing drama.
The first episode effectively set the tone for the rest of the season by revealing Rick’s semi-jokingly sinister plan to take over the family from Jerry. It ends off by promising dark epic adventures dealing with serious subjects like divorce and plotting a journey for the elusive Szechuan sauce.
The second episode, ‘Rickmancing the Stone,’ shows us how well “Rick and Morty” takes advantage of being a cartoon. After two seasons of great character development, Roiland and Harmon, the creators, take our favorite characters and throw them into wacky settings like a mock “Mad Max” world. You’d never get to see these kind of adventures on a live action TV budget; even “Doctor Who” is on regular Earth half the time.
The third episode, ‘Pickle Rick,’ is by far one of the best episodes of “Rick and Morty.” It’s the perfect blend of a crazy mad-scientist adventure and deep psychological family issues.
There’s literally over a minute of dialogue when the family therapist diagnoses Rick’s reason for turning into a pickle. It’s one of the most dark and sincere moments in the whole show. Yet, in its classic realistic humor, it scoffs off everything real that was said and Rick continues to go about his fun life.
The reason why “Rick and Morty” is so critically acclaimed is because it brings life into every episode by trying to make a point, and takes you through that point as if it were a feature film, leaving nothing to be desired.
The first three episodes, for example, explore dark themes starting with Rick’s plot to get Beth and Jerry divorced, then Rick and Morty avoiding the divorce, and finally Rick avoiding family therapy. Hidden under the excitement of Pickle Rick’s adventure lies rat guts, and a very real guy that fans can easily connect with.
He’s a mad-scientist, sure, but he loves his family and avoids them like the rest of us. In that sense, his emotions and goals are both relatable, meaning that even if it takes nine seasons, we’ll get that Szechuan sauce.