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TV Review: Rick and Morty (Season 3, Episode 2)

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All the dimensions and timelines- rejoice! Rick and Morty have finally returned, and, after a week-long wait, season three is officially (Rick)-rolling in the UK!

The second episode of season three has reintroduced and reinforced the topic of actions and their multiversal consequences, which has being an ongoing theme since the middle of season two.

Beth and Jerry have finally divorced under Rick’s pressure (and possibly because their relationship has been dysfunctional for as long as we’ve known them), Rick continues his ravishings around multiple universes and timelines in search of energy sources and suspicious science artefacts, Morty is still M-m-m-mortified by his own existence and Summer? Well, she’s definitely switched to another mode.

And yes, it is all about actions and consequences - as Morty and Summer’s unusual behaviour this episode is driven by their subconscious efforts to deal with the unadmitted (but latent) trauma of their parent’s divorce. Sounds like it’s getting too serious? Well, we never pretended that Rick and Morty is a kids show.

As Jerry is embracing his usually JeLLy self, and abandoning the situation without a single attempt to fight for his supposed-love, Beth is attempting to bond with the kids. Only problem is they are a few timelines away and as per usual, she can’t tell the robots apart from her own children. -5 points for parenting there Beth. And +10 to Rick for the quality of his child-like robots.

In this episode's alternative Mad Max-inspired, post-apocalyptic version of Earth, Summer turns into some kind of warrior princess. She shoots, kills, fights and ravishes. Where is that selfish, girly-girl from Season 1? We can no longer tell as she’s now “hunting what-used-to-be-humans in what-used-to-be-Seattle”.

Ignoring her newly-acquired taste for violence, Rick precedes with his own adventures as usual, planning the inevitable theft of isotope 322 - a powerful element that can help him do science stuff.

Can you bet who’s gonna be his bait and keep the crowd of post-apocalyptic somewhat-humans entertained? Of course, Morty gets sucked into the Blood Dome after Rick steals muscle memory from a dead limb and turns his grandson’s left arm into a killing machine.

Morty is less than pleased to begin with - until he re-discovers his own anger towards his parents divorce. Go past the middle of “Rickmancing the Stone” and both Summer and Morty have embraced the level of nihilism only a 2007 emo-scene kid could understand.

Meanwhile Summer and her new-found love - a moustache-abomination guy called Hemorrhage - have settled in as a family. As Rick introduces cable TV/connection to the post-apocalyptic world, Summer and Hemorrhage's marriage somehow strangely starts to remind of her parents’ failed attempt.

After one last killing by Morty’s super arm, somehow darkly assisted by Rick (way to bond with your granddad) the kids return to Earth. Beth, of course has not noticed and life continues as it was

And Jerry? He’s yet to discover the concept of girls and paid-love but at least Summer brings him a souvenir from her travels this time - I mean who doesn’t want a monster skull, that their own daughter scalped before even graduating high school? Adorable. 

With it's pop-culture inspired plot and hilarious hijinks, Rick and Morty's return to our screens certainly shows a lot of promise.

Rick and Morty is available to stream on Netflix, with new episodes appearing weekly.

 

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