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TV Review: Rick and Morty (Season 3, Episode 10)

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Ready. Set. Reset. 

Just when it seemed that Rick and Morty had taken on the path of self-recognition and appreciation for each other; Just when we thought that Beth and Jerry might not make it and actually stay divorced; At the very end of season three, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have turned the tables on Rick - and us. 

The whole third season has introduced us with the concept of leaving the classic adventure-storylines behind and focusing on the character relationships more and more. Getting to know not only Rick and Morty better but Beth, Jerry and Summer as well. And we have not been disappointed in that respect.  

We've discovered that Summer is a lot more than a Barbie-doll girl (although she seems to like booty-shorts as much as your average teenager). We've seen that Beth really is her father’s daughter: being smart, finding reasons to doubt she switched herself with a clone and actually understanding Rick’s science-talk. And Jerry - who, even ever-so-simple as he is - actually loves his wife and family and struggles to live without them.

It comes as no surprise then that the last episode of the season, focuses on re-establishing the traditional “Rick and Morty” model with the full family together again, after Beth figures that Jerry is the one who gives her peace and comfort. Imagine growing up with Rick as a dad and suddenly, Beth’s attraction to Jerry and the simplicity he offers is finally understandable. Summer seems to be back to being a teenage girl, shopping with her mum and getting along really (almost eerily) well.

And Rick? Oh, Rick might play it tough, trying to compete with The President and prove himself a badass, but the real winner of this season is Jerry. Beth has finally realised that she (along with her kids) prefers the comfort and inherent ignorance of normal life over Rick's blend of constant nihilism and suspicious adventures.

Beth realises that in the end Rick is “the loser” - belonging to nothing and nowhere, with infinite universes and possibilities which don’t really matter - because they’re infinite and everything can happen, so nothing is impossible and there's nothing to strive for.

And Rick? He is, in his own strange ways, dependent to his family; to Morty and to the people who do not understand him, but provide him with that sense of simplicity and comfort - where he can choose whether to use them as a platform to showcase his own skill or as a safe-space.

The season finale has left the traditional Rick-and-Morty adventure behind, focusing on the home and the family once again. Suddenly, just like that, “we’re back to season one” - albeit with a huge new understanding of the Smith/Sanchez family.

Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-3 are available to watch on Netflix. 

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