Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Rick and Morty - Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion

Voltron fans should enjoy "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion" which features Rick's (Justin Roiland) obsession with collecting Gotron Ferrets which can be combined to form larger and larger Voltron-like robots. Not content with a single robot piloted by each member of his family, Rick reaches out to alternate versions of himself bringing them into to fold to create robots made of other robots as things quickly spiral out of control. If the Fifth Season of Rick and Morty has a theme, that seems to be it: take a simple concept and run with it at breakneck speed, not always stopping to make sure it's telling a coherent tale, until either the episode ends or you run out of gas. "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion" manages to keep the crazy going fairly well, but with less and less giant Voltron over the course of an episode about giant Voltrons, it does peter out towards the end.

The episode is also notable for Morty (Roiland) getting usurped by Summer (Spencer Grammer) who feeds rather than questions Rick's out of control obsessions through the lens of Goodfella's style narration nearly dooming them all. We're reminded of what role Morty plays in Rick's adventures, and what can happen if he's not there to pull Rick back from the brink. For the final fight, we get a callback to the Giant Incest Baby as the entire Smith family, after being fired by Rick, bands together to show up to save grandpa in a well-intentioned (although not entirely believable) show of family.

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