Rick & Morty Captures Audiences Around the Globe
Brooke Nicholson | Assitant A&E Editor
If you watch television or use any social media platform at all, you’ve probably already heard of the TV show “Rick & Morty.” It’s hard to get around it; whether you’ve watched it or not, you’ve already heard people talking about it on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube or even listened to your friend describe what a good show it is. And there’s a reason for all the talk – after fans waited patiently for a year and a half with no real information on when the next season would air, fans got a huge surprise when the first episode.
“The Rickshank Redemption” aired on Adult Swim on April 1 without any warning or announcement beforehand as an April Fool’s day joke. Audiences were once again captivated as “Rick & Morty” once again blew up the internet with the start of Season three that premiered July 30, 2017.
“Rick & Morty” has gained a lot of attention and a huge following after its initial release on Adult Swim on Dec. 2, 2013. While there are a lot of notable, long-time running cartoons, specifically adult cartoons, such as “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “South Park,” it had been a while since television had been graced with anything relatively new and fresh.
While the shows colorful, zany and downright crazy animation is nothing new to Adult Swim, its satirical humor and grittiness at times is what takes the show over the edge to make it special and unique.
The show follows the alcoholic, insanely smart and unashamedly selfish Rick and his easily influenced grandson Morty as they get themselves into heaps of trouble while throwing off the “natural” balance of the different universes, and even time itself.
With each episode containing a different story and underlying premise to it, each one is heavily influenced by different genres of popular sci-fi works. Such as a Mad Max inspired post-apocalyptic episode in season three, an entire episode in season two about a town purging. Allowing each other to murder once a year just like the movie “The Purge.” Even having Rick and Morty both based loosely off of Doc and Marty from “Back to the Future.”
The first two seasons gave audiences a lot of absolutely crazy stories that sometimes didn’t conclude itself at the end of its 20 minutes. The episodes had hints of deep, underlying troubles plaguing both Morty’s family and Rick himself, such as Morty’s parents teetering on the brink of divorce and a few reasons on why Rick never stops drinking. While all of season one and most of season two seemed harmless and fun, the end of the second season ended hard with Rick being stowed away at an Intergalactic Federation’s prison for a multitude of crimes committed, the episode ending with fans wondering how Rick was going to escape and realizing that the show has made you attached to the characters more than you’ve known.
While all of season one and most of season two seemed harmless and fun, the end of the second season ended hard with Rick being stowed away at an Intergalactic Federation’s prison for a multitude of crimes committed. The episode ends with fans wondering how Rick was going to escape and realizing that the show has made you attached to the characters more than you’ve known.
While seasons one and two mostly followed the wacky misadventures of Rick and Morty through multidimensions and alternate realities, season three takes a more serious approach to the storyline. The show has yet to fail us with serving up new ideas.
Season three has brought us some of the most iconic and instantly classic scenes and episodes, starting with Rick’s lifelong mission to bring back McDonald’s promotional Szechuan sauce for Disney’s “Mulan.“ And, of course, there’s the gruesome, gory and surprisingly in-depth psychological joy ride “Pickle Rick” episode.
As we get further in depth with season three, the show continues to pull audience’s heart strings with Morty’s parents officially divorcing and how badly the family is handling it. It also deals with how violence is not the equivalent to patriotism and piecing together more of Rick’s seemingly depressing back story and the reason he drowns his emotions in alcohol.
While “Game of Thrones” was the king of television ratings this summer, “Rick and Morty” followed just behind it, capturing audiences and scoring almost three million people every new episode premiere. Critics across the internet have raved the show with critical acclaim, and it has earned an extremely rare 100 percent certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rick and Morty continues with season three on Adult Swim Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m.