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 1st, 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 3 that premiered July 30th, 2017.
Rick & Morty has gained a lot of attention and a huge following after its initial release on Adult Swim on Dec. 2nd, 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, mostly for reasons relating to something new couldn’t possibly match the classics or even come close.
While the shows colorful, zany, and downright crazy animation is nothing new to Cartoon Network’s adult late night programming 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 3, an entire episode in season 2 about a town purging, or allowing each other to murder once a year just like the movie The Purge, and 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 it’s 20 minutes, with 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 seasons one and two mostly followed the wacky misadventures of Rick and Morty through multidimensions and alternate realities, season 3 takes a more serious approach to the storyline, conveying darker themes that we’ve seen underline the show since the beginning.
The show has yet to fail us with serving up new ideas, season 3 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 Szechaun sauce for Disney’s Mulan, and the gruesome, gory, and surprisingly in-depth psychological joy ride “Pickle Rick” episode.
As we get further in depth with season 3, the show continues to pull audience’s heart strings with Morty’s parents officially divorcing and how badly the family is handling it, how violence is not the equivalent to patriotism, and piecing together more of Rick’s seemingly depressing backstory and the reason he drowns his emotions in alcohol. Season 3 will undoubtedly explore more of these ideas and themes instead of just the one time adventures the duo usually embark on.
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 the show has earned an extremely rare 100 percent certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rick and Morty continues with season 3 on Adult Swim Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m.