Rick and Morty season 3 is back, and the first episode to air upon its return is Rickmancing the Stone, set immediately after Beth and Jerry’s divorce from the first episode of the season.
Inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, this episode takes Summer, Morty and Rick to a post-apocalyptic Earth in which people scavenge for food and basically exist the same way as the characters in the aforementioned film. Summer displays a new aggressiveness to her character and falls for one of the scavengers, while Rick gives Morty a severed arm which has a mind of its own. Back home, Rick creates cyborg versions of himself, Morty and Summer so that Beth thinks they are all still there.
Usually, a synopsis like that is reserved for the weirdest of things, and this is Rick and Morty after all.
Following in the footsteps of the opening episode of the season, this is a surprisingly heartfelt episode, and what’s most striking is that the events that occur are all metaphors for Morty and Summer trying to deal with their parents’ divorce. As wildly entertaining as everything is, there are layers to this episode, and we may even see more of this to come over the course of the next eight episodes.
The biggest takeaway I have from Rickmancing the Stone is how much it caught me off guard with its oddly poetic nature. Sure, it’s still as insane and cleverly stupid as this show is meant to be, but it’s a nice touch, seeing that there are human consequences among everything as well.
I don’t think there’s ever been an episode of Rick and Morty that hasn’t been entertaining, but there haven’t been that many that have been this deep.
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