Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rick and Morty - Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat

Things get pretty messed up the the season premiere of Rick and Morty as the pair's adventure to retrieve death crystals leaves Rick (Justin Roiland) dead and Morty (Roiland) following the path of the crystal to a death he believes will involve growing old with Jessica (Kari Wahlgren). Meanwhile, after Mortry refuses to listen to Holograph Rick and clone his grandfather, back-up clones of Rick pop-up in other dimensions. "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" has fun with the running gag of continually rebooting Rick in various forms, but nearly all of them being fascist realities (with the last, non-fascist reality, being somehow even more terrifying). Meanwhile, Morty takes things a bit too far (killing dozens and even ignoring a tempting offer from Jessica) in order to pursue his elusive best death.

The season premiere certainly gets quite a bit of mileage out of a two-joke episode. The ending, of Morty realizing the truth about the future he coveted, fits in line with the harsh reality of the show crushing his spirit (over and over again). While the entire episode has a feel of a one-off, I do wonder if there will be any ramifications of Morty's destructive path (which made the entire world take notice). As for valuable lessons, despite what he says to his grandson, Rick may have learned the most important (keep Morty away from death crystals).

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