Rick and Morty Comes Back to Earth for its Season Finale

first_imgStay on target Once again, never try to predict where Rick and Morty will go. The show continues to be completely unpredictable because Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are just making it up as they go. There is no grand plan, there’s no end goal for any of this. It only looks like there is because they’re able to take advantage of loose ends left by earlier episodes. Even when you try to predict a pattern in their unpredictability, it rarely works out. I was sure Beth’s possible cloning wouldn’t come back until next season. That’s usually how long it takes for Rick and Morty to address its open plot threads. It took about that amount of time for the show to address the Cronenberged universe. And to bring back Evil Morty. Instead, they addressed it right away, allowing for the most emotional, compelling arc of the season finale.Beth’s plot felt like it was meant to be the episode’s B story. It wasn’t given as much time as Rick’s and didn’t involve either of the two titular characters. Even so, it was the most effective of the episode’s two stories. In the middle of Rick’s pissing match with President Keith David, Beth realizes that she could possibly be a clone. She remembers Rick making the offer last week, but so would the clone. She calls Rick to ask, and Rick assures her she’s not. He doesn’t give her an answer to the question of whether he would tell her if she was the clone. That’s part of the beauty of this finale. Though it deals directly with the cliffhanger left by last week’s episode, it still never gives us an answer. By the end of the episode, we still don’t know for sure if this Beth is the “real” one. And it kind of doesn’t matter.(Via Adult Swim)Rick gives Beth a shortened version of the speech he gave last week about how hard it is to be smart. She’s having a crisis of self because she’s smart enough to see all the possibilities. Beth sounds reassured, and Rick casually mentions that if she were a clone who became self-aware, he’d have to kill her. Rick and Morty gets a lot of credit for its animated violence, but the show sure knows how to portray existential panic. She runs to Jerry for help, which only further convinces her she’s a clone. He describes their first kiss, an event Jerry still managed to make sound lame. Beth remembers hating it, but hearing Jerry telling it now, she doesn’t. She decides that means she must be the clone, rather than chalking it up to nostalgia or the fact that she still does love Jerry. Remember, it was Rick that broke the family up. They’ve come close before, but the show has not been subtle about the fact that there is some love in their relationship. Even in the universe where Jerry never got her pregnant with Summer, they still ended up together eventually.As much as the show likes to piss on Jerry, he is a necessary character. As the dumbest person on the show, he’s the perfect foil for Rick. He keeps the series grounded. Even in episodes where he does nothing of consequence, his presence in the family keeps Rick and Morty’s increasingly wacky adventures from becoming so ridiculous they stop mattering. Rick’s nihilistic point of view is funny, but it can kill the show if he’s allowed to run things completely. If there are infinite universes and nothing matters, there are no stakes. The series came dangerously close to that line this season, which is why this finale was necessary. Beth and Jerry take the kids to a cabin to hide from Rick. Rick shows up with a machine gun, which convinces Beth that she is the clone. Rick insists she isn’t and he’s come to kill Jerry. Beth argues that she’s getting her family back together and asks Rick to come with them.(Via Adult Swim)That’s when the show gets to the question it’s been wrestling with all season. If Rick can jump between infinite parallel universes and nothing matters, why stay in anyone? Especially one where he’s now, as he puts it because he knows it’s a TV show, the lowest-status character. Really, because something does matter. The reason Rick remains interesting is that he really does care about his family, though he desperately tries to pretend that he doesn’t. He makes a big show of telling them they don’t matter, but chooses to stay over the tiniest excuse. He even goes so far as to put on Jerry’s fishing hat to make amends with President Keith David. All because deep down, he cares at least that little bit. Or it could be the fart.It’s a good thing Beth’s arc was so strong because the main plot was kind of more of the same. It’s always a joy when Keith David comes back, but much of Rick’s plot was dragged down by a sense that we’ve seen this before. That’s not to say it was bad. It was still hilarious, with all the smart, self-aware humor we love. The virtual reality dig at South Park’s speed and this show’s own slowness had me dying. As did the “Pretty Obvious If You Think About It” treaty Rick negotiates between Israel and Palestine. (Nice callback to drunk Rick in the Vindicators episode.) Actually, as far as the individual jokes go, this episode was exceptional. The problem came from the prolonged fight between Rick and the President. It was well-animated and showed off lots of cool sci-fi ideas, but it wasn’t all that funny, exciting or even shocking. Throughout the whole prolonged scene, it felt like we were retreading old ground. Part of the problem might be that its coming from the best and craziest season yet. After you’ve seen Rick murder an entire secret military base as a pickle, seeing him do it as a human doesn’t have the weight it once did.(Via Adult Swim)The season finale of Rick and Morty was a fine episode. It only suffers a bit because it comes at the end of what was by far its best season. Season three took its concepts further and toyed with our assumptions and expectations more than either of the two that came before it. It had multiple episodes that rank among the series best. It wasn’t just that they were funny, they dug even deeper into the characters than before. The relationships are the backbone of the show and this season really got into that. It was able to explore divorce, grief, the importance of therapy, and the consequences of Rick’s actions that he desperately tries to ignore. It was a truly fantastic season. Still, it had to end the way it did. As Rick took over the family, he became more powerful. There was nothing really holding him back. To keep the show going a reset was needed. As Beth says, because she is Rick’s daughter, it’ll be like season one but more streamlined. Of course, we all know it’ll be a little more complicated than that. One of the great things about Rick and Morty is its continuity. This season still happened, and the fallout from that will complicate the more streamlined family unit Beth tried to create. We’ll find out how in… a really long time. It’s nice to see Mr. Poopybutthole again. Can’t wait to meet his grandkids in Season 4.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys last_img read more