Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally came to an end last Sunday. This was a great season filled with many twists and turns for the fans. There were some old questions answered as well as many new ones brought to light. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon did a great job turning it up a notch this season without straying from the true nature of the show. They finally let fans know that they can do whatever they want when they want. Rick and Morty is a freeform anthology and Roiland and Harmon do not adhere to normal animated sitcom formulas – except maybe the “rule of three”. Starting off with a superb episode in “The Rickshank Rickdemption”. We see Rick destroy the Citadel of Ricks and take down the Galactic Federation by changing a one to a zero. The best part of the episode was Rick ranting about missing McDonald’s promotional Szechuan McNugget sauce that was released with Disney’s Mulan. A sauce that McDonald’s is actually bringing back for one day on October 7, 2017. I’m going to make sure that I get a taste. “Pickle Rick” delivered everything it promised in the clips that were released at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2016. The major standout from the season is definitely “The Ricklantis Mixup” a.k.a. “Tales from the Citadel” in where we see the continuation of the ‘Evil Morty’ storyline that started with “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” back in Season 1. The safe bet is that we will not see this storyline continue again until Season 5. “The ABC’s of Beth” finally gave us a glimpse into what kind of child Beth was like with a visit to Froopyland. Interesting fact; Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon actually got children to voice the Froopians. This makes that the play about how they were created even creepier. The season did leave a lot for the fans to think about. When will we actually see ‘Evil Morty’ again? Whatever happened to Tammy and the resurrected Phoenix Person? Is Beth really a clone? Eventually, these question may be answered, but it’s best not to dwell on them. With things figuratively being reset at the end of this season, we’ll probably go back to the groundedness of Season 1. Hopefully, Mr. Poopybutthole was just pulling our legs and we do not have to wait that long for Season 4. Overall, Rick and Morty Season 3 scores a Good 4.55/5. This score may be adjusted if we actually get the Christmas special that fans have been speculating about!
Sadly, we didn’t get a conclusion to the ‘Evil Morty’ storyline like we thought. We did, however, get an interesting ending to a Good third season. “The Rickchurian Mortydate” had Rick and Morty going toe to toe with the President of the United States of America of whatever dimension they are currently residing in. Once again we get to see exactly how deadly Rick’s intelligence can be. Through some unknown means, Rick actually killed a secret service agent just by having physical contact with him. We also got a nice call-back to “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” with the Nano-fiber defense mesh that laces Rick’s epidermis. One of the best parts of the episode was Rick’s fight with the President at the end. We thought Rick had some nice toys, but the U.S. government has some interesting weapons as well. My favorites are the twin who turn into mindless killing machines after hearing a special whistle. There was also teleporting technology similar to a stargate from the film, Stargate, and cool references to Minecraft, South Park, and the current political state of the United States. Another great part of the episode was the side story involving Beth thinking she was a clone. Honestly, I thought they were going to leave that situation alone until next season, but it was fun seeing how it played out in the season finale. Everything culminated in Rick and Morty basically hitting the reset button. The family is back together and everyone seems happy. Well everyone except Rick, but he’ll deal with it in his usual way. Considering what we learned in “Morty’s Mind Blowers” nothing that happens really matters as the show is a freeform anthology and lots of events happen in between the episodes airing. By next season Rick and Morty can be in a whole new dimension with a whole new family and we wouldn’t know it. I give “The Rickchurian Mortydate” a Good 4.5/5. I’m pretty sure that Beth is a clone and the real Beth will make an appearance next season. She did break the fourth wall and Rick has been the only person to do that so far. Hopefully, Mr. Poopybutthole was just pulling out leg and Season 4 starts in less than a year!
Wow…all I can say is wow! “The ABC’s of Beth” is the episode we have been waiting for. This was a great episode and for the first time this season every member of the family got a decent amount of screen time. The main plot involving Rick and Beth was hilarious. We find out that Rick (possibly every version of Rick) created an alternate dimension called Froopy Land for Beth to play in as a child. The dimension is 100% safe and the gateway is opened by drawing a door with special chalk, reminiscent of ChalkZone. Rick takes Beth back to Froopy Land after she tells the family that she thinks her childhood best friend, Tommy, may be trapped there. We later learn that she is correct and that Beth is the reason he is trapped there. As it turns out, Beth was a psychotic child and Rick made Froopy Land to protect the neighborhood children from her. This was a twist I did not see coming, but it makes sense considering the fact the Beth is being shown as increasingly more like Rick. The subplot with Morty, Summer, and Jerry was very entertaining. We learn that Jerry has been dating an alien huntress named Keara. While the relationship looks healthy on the surface, we later learn that Jerry started dating Keara to make Beth jealous. During their time together we see a great action scene where Keara is fighting an alien in the background while Jerry talks to his kids. The fight is very similar to the fight Spider-Man has with the Lizard in the library during The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s almost saddening to see how unhealthy Jerry’s attachment to Beth is. He could easily be happy if he moved on, but he just won’t let himself do that. The same can go for Beth as well. She continually blames her father for her behavior and Rick accepts that he was a terrible father, but at the same time, she won’t accept that she is just like him. It was nice to see she finally admitted it this episode and has come to accept it. It was also interesting to note that this Beth knows Rick C-137 is not her real father and that there are infinite versions of herself in other timelines. I give “The ABC’s of Beth” a Superb 5/5! Like other Rick and Morty episodes, we are left with many questions. The main one being if this Beth stayed with her family or decided to leave a clone or robot in her place. Maybe we’ll find out in a later season if even at all.
Well, it’s official. We no longer know which dimension, timeline, or reality our (anti)heroes reside in. “Morty’s Mind Blowers” comes fresh off the heels of last weeks “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel”, but unfortunately is nowhere near as good. For the past two seasons, there has been an “Interdimensional Cable” episode where viewers get to see what plays on television in every perceivable dimension and planet in Rick and Morty. In this episode, however, Rick decides to show Morty all of the memories that he begged Rick to erase from his mind. This gives viewers another chance to see all of the adventures that happen off-screen, just like with last weeks trip to Atlantis. During these adventures, we get to see exactly how horrible life can get for poor Morty. As I stated before, considering that we no longer know which dimension our main characters reside in, it’s hard to pinpoint when most of these adventures took place. During one of the forgotten adventures, we see that Morty used technology from Rick to hear animals speaking. He soon finds out that squirrels are a part of a shadow organization that can topple governments. After some squirrels become suspicious of Morty, Rick tells him to pack his bags as they have to switch dimensions again. During this exchange, Rick also alludes to them having done this more than a couple times. That being said we can most likely assume that they all take place after “Rick Potion #9” since Morty knows about this possibility. I got a few laughs out of the other memories and spotted some nice easter eggs, but they weren’t spectacular. Everything wrapped up pretty nicely in the end though, which I wasn’t expecting. Again we witness exactly how smart Rick is because he prepared for the many outcomes to him showing Morty his deleted memories. Leading viewers to believe that even this type of situation has happened before and Rick wiped Morty’s mind of it. I give “Morty’s Mind Blowers” an Average 3/5. Not the best this season has had to offer, but a nice filler episode to say the least. It is also interesting seeing that Rick has erased memories for Jerry as well. Possibly he has done this with his other relatives in this current dimension.
Wow, Justin Roiland has done it again! “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel” is probably the most unique episode of Rick and Morty that viewers have gotten yet. “The Ricklantis Mixup” title is more of a throwaway, as we do not even see what takes place during this adventure. The episode starts with Rick and Morty from Dimension C-137 about to go on an adventure to Atlantis. Before they leave Rick and Morty from Dimension K-22 visit them to ask if Rick C-137 would like to donate to the Citadel of Ricks redevelopment fund. After Rick C-137 reminds them that he was the one who destroyed the citadel in the first place they return home. From there we get into the “Tales from the Citadel” portion of the episode, which is interesting to say the least. Several different stories are woven together as viewers finally get to see what life is like for the Ricks and Mortys who live on the Citadel of Ricks. Before we were led to assume that the Citadel of Ricks was just a place where Ricks pass through and not a city where they indeed live. Even though most Rick’s have the same intelligence they all have different jobs. Some Ricks even put on characters just to be a part of the system. The same goes for the Mortys, so we can assume that the “Lawyer” Morty from “The Rickshank Rickdemption” was an actual lawyer in the citadel. There is also a class system in place within the citadel with Ricks being in charge and Mortys being treated as second-rate citizens. We get to see how this affects the politics of the city as well. Currently, the citadel is in the midst of an election to choose a new single leader to replace the Council of Ricks. One candidate being a Morty who is very positive about his standings. How time elapses in the Citadel of Ricks is a mystery as some of the inhabitants seem to have lived there for years without showing signs of aging. I’m sure this may be answered in a later episode, but I’m sure it has something to do with the infinite timelines and dimensions. Writer, Ryan Ridley, does a great job at creating a Rick and Morty version of Crash along with influences of Training Day and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. There’s a crazy political shake-up that in a way mirrors our own country’s recent election. I give “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel” a Superb 5/5. I can’t wait to find out how events from the episode will affect Rick and Morty from Dimension C-137. Also it was great to see what became of “Evil” Morty while living on the citadel.