Rick and Morty “The ABC’s of Beth” Review

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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.

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Rick and Morty “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel” Review

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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.

Rick and Morty “Rest and Ricklaxation” Review

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 8.03.32 PMWe have another episode in the books that gives us more information about the conflicting psyche of Rick. “Rest and Ricklaxation” did a great job letting the viewers learn more about what Rick thought of himself in an obscure way. In this episode, Rick and Morty decide to take a vacation to an intergalactic day spa after a very troubling mission. While there, they have the toxins sucked out of their bodies, leaving them relaxed and less cynical. Things change when the toxic versions of themselves escape the day spa and try to take back their lives. This gave viewers insight on the Rick and Morty dynamic and shows how they balance each other out. Without his toxins, Rick is a good guy who wants to do the right thing and he sees that his actions have consequences. We see how much he loves his grandson, even though he does not show it in an overly abundant way. He is willing do anything to fix his mistakes, even if it means sacrificing himself. Without his toxins, Morty is confident, talkative, selfish, and a bit of an asshole. He doesn’t care about his grandfather or what happens to the other people in his life. He was willing to let his toxic version die because he thinks those parts of his psyche are unnecessary. Also, we see that Morty is highly intelligent, which contrasts past episodes in which viewers are told he has a learning disability. This leads us to believe that his insecurities are the only thing holding him back. The artistic choices taken in this episode are subtle, but make the episode better when noticed. A prime example is the color changes of Rick and Morty without their toxins. The animators made their colors less muted and their expressions more upbeat. Other noticeable inclusions in the episode are exactly how many precautions Rick has hidden throughout the Smith household. We basically saw that if anyone managed to deal a lethal blow to Rick that he had ways to preserve his life. The funniest of these was in a scene that mirrored the birth of a xenomorph from the Alien franchise. We have seen Rick use technology before to prevent his death, but never in such close quarters. I give “Rest and Ricklaxation” a Good 4.6/5. I was hoping this episode would give viewers another world ending apocalypse as seen in “Rick Potion #9”, but maybe they are saving that for another time.

Rick and Morty “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy” Review

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Finally we get a Rick and Jerry episode. After not seeing Jerry the past two episodes, it was nice for us to get an update on how his life is going and it was just as horrible as we expected. “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy” was the perfect episode to give us some insight into Jerry’s relationship with Rick. Due to Morty pitying his father, he gets Rick to take him out on an adventure to cheer him up. However, since Rick knows Jerry would most likely die, he takes him to a space resort where all the inhabitants are immortal as long as they are on the property. The reason Rick takes Jerry here is a nice callback to “Mortynight Run”, where Rick admits that “Jerrys don’t tend to last five minutes off of Earth”. There are a lot of laughs to be had at the resort. Especially when things start to head south. The bits here are a satire on how rich people can sometimes horrible parents. Knowing how much Jerry truly loves Beth, its sad to watch as Rick breaks him down at every turn. We find out that Jerry still blames Rick for ruining his marriage and that Rick blames Jerry for ruining his daughter’s life. It’s the typical story of the father not thinking the daughter’s husband is good enough for her. While this may be true considering who Rick is in the universe, it was still harsh for him to take all of his anger out on Jerry. Its like he knows its really his fault she’s with Jerry because he wasn’t around much when she was younger. Thus she had issues with men in her life and settled. Also, there’s the fact that Jerry got Beth pregnant on prom night, which Rick is clearly still livid about. This leads us into the B story involving Beth, Morty, and Summer. It’s becoming clear that Beth’s horrible parenting skills stem from her father Rick. She’s no better of a parent than he was to her. She has a hard time connecting with her children and cares more about pleasing her father so that he won’t leave her again. Morty lets her know that if she keeps in with that line of thinking, she will lose her family entirely. Overall this episode was hilarious and offered much more insight into how horrible of a person Rick actually is. He cares little about the lives he destroys as long as he comes out on top. His intelligence is really a gift and a curse as its what keeps getting him in these predicaments to begin with. Yet, thanks to his intelligence, he is always able to get out scott free. I give “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy” a Superb 5/5! It’s interesting that we keep getting to see more of Morty’s dark side. He’s becoming more and more like Rick every episode. Maybe we will get more insight into that this season as well.

Ten Characters Likely To Show Up In Captain Marvel

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Considering that Marvel just had their panel at San Diego Comic Con yesterday it is time to go over who may be in their upcoming Captain Marvel film. They revealed that the film will be a prequel to the current MCU taking place in the 1990s. With that information we can deduce who will probably pop up in the film. We know that the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel will appear in the film, Nick Fury will appear pre eye injury, and the villains will be the Skrulls, and alien race of shapeshifters. Considering the timeline the following people would make sense.

Richard and Mary Parker

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In the comics Richard and May Parker were agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who tragically died on a mission. Considering that this film will take place in the ’90s it would be years before Peter is born, so we could explore a little about his parents. Nick Fury would be their connection to this film as they could be his “go to” agents during this time period such as Phil Coulson and Maria Hill have been in the current period.

Ben and May Parker

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If Richard Parker shows up it would make sense for his older brother Ben and his wife May to make a quick cameo. This could be a small role in the film just to add some familiarity. Considering Tom Holland has showed interest in Tobey Maguire portraying the character of Uncle Ben, it would be great if they cast him. Giving a nod to fans of the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.

Peggy Carter

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Considering she is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D., it would make sense for her to appear as one of Nick Fury’s superiors. She has made a cameo during the beginning of Ant-Man which took place in 1989, meaning she could still be active within the organization during the ’90s.

James “Rhodey” Rhodes

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This would be a great addition to the film even if it’s only in a small role. Colonel James Rhodes is a military officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. Carol Danvers was also a member of the United States Air Force, so it would make sense if they knew each other during their youth. Maybe it was her disappearance that made him so dead set on finding Tony during the events of the first Iron Man, as he couldn’t lose another friend.

Hank Pym

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Having quit S.H.I.E.L.D. in 1989 it would be cool if Nick Fury had to contact Hank Pym to get some information from him during the film. Possibly calling in a favor that needs someone who can shrink. This could allow us to see more of him in the  suit and his interaction with other S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel aside from Howard Stark and Peggy Carter.

Alexander Pierce

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Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury were once good friends. Maybe, this film could show fans the infamous Bogata mission that convinced Pierce to promote Fury to head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Also it would be great if we see him manipulating and recruiting other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to join Hydra. Perhaps he tries to convert Richard and Mary Parker only for them to reject him. Leading him to have the Winter Soldier murder them sometime in the early 2000s. That would give Peter and Tony even more in common.

Reed Richards

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Now we’re delving into more wishful territory. With the realization that the Skrulls are going to be the main villains of the film it would be great to get a clip of a young Reed Richards to let fans know that Marvel and Fox have reached a deal. I’m pretty sure the Skrulls belong to Fox and those characters are major villains for the Fantastic Four. It just seems like the possibility is there.

Victor Von Doom

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This is even more wishful thinking as I doubt it would happen. Reed and Victor used to be friends during their college days. It would be nice if they were shown as fellow students at M.I.T. with a young Tony Stark. Or at least we could get a mention of Latveria in the MCU.

What are your thoughts on the Captain Marvel news from San Diego Comic Con? Is there anyone you would like to appear in the film? Leave your thoughts below.