Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Rick and Morty - A Rickconvenient Mort

Remember that time Morty (Justin Roiland fell in love with Captain Planet? That's the basic idea of "A Rickconvenient Mort" when Morty falls for environmental super-hero Planetina (Alison Brie) who is brought forth by the not-so-teenage Tina-Teers using the four elemental rings to fight for the environment. Like all episodes dealing with Morty's love life, things end poorly. The episode's B-story features Rick (Roiland) replacing the absent Morty with Summer (Spencer Grammer) on a planet-hopping tour of three worlds all on the edge of annihilation.

I will give the episode credit for letting Morty be the one to end the relationship when it turns unhealthy (although not before he slaughters the Tina-Teers in the name of love). This allows for a nice mother/son moment dealing with actual pain that is something the show usual skirts. The B-story was less interesting, not only because it gives us a Rick in love (something that itself feels like an oxymoron), but it simply doesn't offer the payoff of the main story. Although it does leave one family awkwardly unsure about the future when their world doesn't end. In an episode of Morty bonding a bit with his mother, Rick has to admit he's sees quite a bit of himself in his granddaughter as well.

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