The Rickshank Rickdemption (Episode 1): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

I usually make a pun out of my post titles, but given that every episode of Rick and Morty does that already, I decided to be a little generic.

Rick and Morty, undeniably, is freaking awesome. Season three has been a long time coming, and given that the second episode of the season airs tonight (after the first aired exclusively on April Fools’ Day), I decided to review that first episode, and every episode of the season as we go along. Why? Because I want to. And also because a prominent feature on my homepage banner is Rick and Morty, and, well… I’ve never talked about it.

The Rickshank Rickdemption kicks off where season two left off, and is (as the title suggests), centred around Rick Sanchez’s escape from Intergalactic Prison after he turned himself in at the end of the last season. On Earth, the Intergalactic Empire has invaded, and life is very different.

The first time I watched this episode, I thought it was the best one so far, and I still hold that judgement. The Rickshank Rickdemption is intriguing in a number of ways. First, we see a glimpse of Rick’s possible past. This hadn’t been seen before, and adds a rather dark element to Rick’s character. Everyone in the Smith family has given up on Rick – even Morty – except Summer, because she hasn’t seen much of Rick’s bad side. Therefore Morty takes it upon himself to show his sister this side – including a trip to the original world that Rick and Morty abandoned back in season one – and is really a strong episode for the bond between them.

Beyond the deep significance of this episode, it is also extremely entertaining. Rick escaping and then working his way through the Citadel of Ricks is watchable over and over again forever, and as usual with this show, it is unbelievably clever.

The end of this sequence is something that hit me in the face, because Morty does something that says a lot about his character that we haven’t seen before.

The very end of the episode, of course, is a parallel to the first ever episode, and really, it shows a side to Rick that we’ve seen before, but never to that scale.

And it goes without saying that the episode is hilarious.

The second episode of the season, very clearly inspired by one Mad Max: Fury Road, a film I love, looks great, and I can’t wait to review it tomorrow.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

The Rickshank Rickdemption: MIHIR

 

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