‘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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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!

Ducks Fly Together: The Two ‘Mighty Ducks’ Reboots We Need!

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And just when you think they’re about to break apart— Ducks fly together!

And when the wind blows hard and the sky is black— Ducks fly together!

When the roosters are crowing and the cows are spinning circles in the pasture… Um, Okay — Ducks fly together!

And when everyone says it can’t be done — Ducks fly together!

There has not been a halftime speech in the history of halftime speeches greater than the one given in D2: The Mighty Ducks! As a child, I grew up with The Mighty Ducks. Those kids were my heroes, and I enjoyed watching them play hockey. The first film was a great comedy, the second film took things to a new level and was the best of the trilogy, and the third film, while not as good as the second, was a solid end for fans. The Mighty Ducks Trilogy spawned an actual NHL team (the Anaheim Ducks) and a fun animated series (Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series). The film and the animated series are a grand part of the ‘90s nostalgia that is being recaptured in film today. In the era of reboots, remakes, and delayed sequels it’s about time that we get both D4: The Mighty Ducks and Mighty Ducks: The Animated Movie.

‘The Mighty Ducks’

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The Mighty Ducks Trilogy was loved by kids worldwide. It was fun, entertaining, and dealt with real issues that many children, athletes, and students go through. We see the main characters start as young children learning to play hockey and then we watch them grow into young adults. A great thing about the film series is that the character growth is not limited to the children. Coach Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is shown to grow from an entitled self-absorbed lawyer into a loving coach and mentor, especially to Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson). Charlie becomes the kids’ leader and team captain. While he is not the most skilled of his teammates, he is very kind and levelheaded. We see him assume more of a leadership role in D3: The Mighty Ducks when Coach Bombay is absent. Seeing how these relationships have continued to change would make an interesting film.

Several of the actors from The Mighty Ducks Trilogy have gone on to lead moderately successful careers. It would be great if all returned for a sequel. Emilio Estevez was already a star when the first film came out and he has taken few roles since, focusing more on his directing. It’s essential that he return as Coach Bombay. Kenan Thompson was also a growing star when the film came out and has maintained his success. Currently, he is a regular on Saturday Night Live. It would be nice to see if his character, Russ Tyler, can still pull off that “knuckle puck!”

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Joshua Jackson found fame in the late ‘90s and early 2000s as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek and later as Peter Bishop on Fringe. Charlie Conway is and always will be the Mighty Duck’s captain! Eldon Henson has had bit parts since his tenure in The Mighty Ducks Trilogy but has recently found a home in Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. His portrayal of Foggy Nelson is quite different than Fulton Reed, so it would be great to see him don the “Bash Brother” persona once again.

D4: The Mighty Ducks would be quite easy to cast and cheap to film. With many of the actors not being major film stars, Disney could hire them for a good deal. Emilio Estevez could be hired to act in and direct the film to further save on costs. I would prefer for them not to recast any of the roles, but I would be open to the idea if some of the original cast chose not to return. This would give Disney the chance to add some extra star power to the film. Dwayne Johnson does make every film better — every film!

‘Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series’

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Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series was also loved by kids worldwide. This was mainly due to the level of love the films received. Originally airing on ABC with shows like Gargoyles — Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series was a ‘90s focal point — even though it only lasted one season. The animated series, however, was totally different from the film series with the only similarity being the name. Featuring a team of anthropomorphic humanoid ducks from Puckworld, Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series follows Wildwing, Nosedive, Tanya, Duke, Mallory and Grin as they battle Dragaunus and try to find a way back home. During the conflict, the ducks become trapped on Earth in Anaheim, California, no less and manage to become the NHL team, the Anaheim Ducks, with the arena as their home and HQ.

Mighty Ducks: The Animated Movie would be great to see on the silver screen. Given the fact that Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series is a Disney property and Disney has been doing well with its Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar franchises, I’m sure they would be successful in adapting this show as well. The show’s 26 episodes can easily be adapted into an entire series of films. Hopefully concluding a storyline fans never got to see. While it would be interesting to see this film made as live action, I think it would be better suited as a 3D computer-animated superhero-comedy similar to Big Hero 6. This would allow for greater collaboration with Pixar.

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The characters in Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series are fun, loveable, and have pun-tastic names! Come on, who doesn’t love a name like Wildwing Flashblade, Canard Thunderbeak, or Duke L’Orange. Everything about this series screams animated movie! This would make the film easier to market to towards children while bringing in the parents who grew up watching the original show. Not to mention how many toys Disney could sell from the merchandising deals alone. I’m not sure if McDonald’s still gives out toys with their happy meals, but if I saw that they had Mighty Ducks toys, then I might buy a few happy meals for myself. To make this work, Disney would need big name actors to voice the team. A good mix of old and new voices would be smart. I’m thinking they should hire Chris Pratt as Nosedive Flashblade and bring back Brad Garrett as Check “Grin” Hardwing. For good measure, they should also include Alan Tudyk for additional voices because he is simply amazing.

Although The Walt Disney Company no longer owns the Anaheim Ducks, I’m sure they could work out a deal with the current owners that would benefit both the real and fictional teams. They could even add the Mighty Ducks to their growing list of characters at their Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The possibilities are practically endless with this franchise. Disney needs to adapt these titles a.s.a.p.! It’s not often a company can get two totally different films from one of their older franchises. I realize doing both is a stretch, but a man can dream.

Are you a fan of The Mighty Ducks Trilogy and Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series? Leave your comments below.

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.