‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Review

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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!

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Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub: Are We Getting A ‘Rick And Morty’ Christmas Special? — Fan Theory Says Yes!

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Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally came to an end last Sunday – or did it? A new fan theory suggests that “The Rickchurian Mortydate” will not be the final episode of Season 3. The theory suggests that a Christmas special airing sometime this winter will be the true finale to this season.

The theory stems from the stinger that played at the end of the finale where we see Mr. Poopybutthole with his new wife and son. He states that he may have a big white Santa Claus beard when Season 4 airs. This remark has fans thinking that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon may be planning something special this holiday season. They have been known for sneaking many easter eggs into their Rick and Morty episodes.

There is some plausibility to this theory since the first episode of this season, “The Rickshank Rickdemption”, premiered on April 1, 2017, as an April Fools’ Day joke. The rest of the episodes did not begin airing until July 30, 2017. Clearly, Roiland and Harmon have no problem taking long breaks between episodes. Also, there is the fact that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year, which is the normal day that Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim. The big question is: what would the plot of the Christmas episode be about? Well, there are a few obvious choices and some lesser known possibilities.

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There is the possibility that the new episode could explore why Rick and Morty were burying a Santa Claus during one of Morty’s removed memories in “Morty’s Mind Blowers”. Perhaps this was just another one of Rick’s Anatomy Parks gone wrong. (Those bureaucrats will never understand Pirates of the Pancreas) Maybe we will see Tammy and Phoenix Person get revenge for the Galactic Federation being destroyed. There is also the possibility that the episode will explore if the current Beth is truly a clone. Personally, I think she is and here is a great article that further backs up my beliefs.

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A final possibility is that we will get another chapter in the story of “Evil Morty”. This is what all the fans have been craving since “The Ricklantis Mixup” a.k.a. “Tales from the Citadel” aired earlier this season. When we last saw “Evil Morty” he had become President of the Citadel of Ricks and has started installing a new regime. This storyline continuing so soon may be a stretch because we typically get a new story with “Evil Morty” every other season, starting with “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” in Season 1. The safe bet is that we will not see this storyline continue until Season 5. That being said, 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”. So, who knows if we will even get an episode this winter… and if we do, will it be a true finale to Season 3 or an early start to Season 4?

Better keep your eyes glues to Adult Swim on Christmas Eve just in case!

What was your favorite episode of Rick and Morty this season? Do you think there will be a Christmas special? Leave your comments below!

Rick and Morty “The Rickchurian Mortydate” Review

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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!

Rick and Morty “Morty’s Mind Blowers” Review

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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.

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.