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Rick & Morty
Posted: Posted August 19th
Edited August 19th by nullfather

Imagine Doctor Who with an alcoholic sociopath Doctor and constant dark humor, in the style of a Western animated show that lampshades or subverts oodles of sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture and comedy tropes.

I recently binged the entire series up to date. Absolutely wonderful, with regular bits that get full, honest laughs out of me. Rick is equally terrifying, entertaining, awesome and a little endearing by turns - a conspicuously complex character for the context. The genre-savvy writing and brutal moral choices that Rick makes (or refuses to make) add some mild value to dissecting it. The half-improvised performances add a sense of spontaneity and chaos (i.e. natural feeling) to the pacing. The attention to detail in the animation and just general experimentation with the format add notable artistic value to the mix.

There's just a lot going for the show in general. While I think there's some weak episodes in season two, I'm generally very impressed by the series. And it's pretty easy to know if you're going to like it or not; the pilot episode doesn't go from 0 to 100, it starts at 100. Easy in. Check it out - I'm glad that I did.

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It's been a while since I've seen Rick and Morty, but I really liked it. I haven't seen any of season 3 yet; just realized it came out.

The characters' relationships w/ each other are interesting, multi-dimensional. Beth and Jerry's marriage is hilariously sad, yet somehow sweet. I think my favorite episodes are the Meseeks one and the one with Unity. I probably had more to say, particularly about Rick, when the show was fresh in my memory. He's charming as a character.

Posted August 19th by Ophelia
Ophelia

The Meeseeks episode and the Pickle Rick episode (which is in season three) are probably my favorites, but there's a lot #3 episodes to consider.

Posted August 19th by nullfather
nullfather

Excellent series, stoked about another episode coming out tomorrow.

Agreed about the spontaneous chaos. Things like a naked rick killing clones of himself out of nowhere is just something no other show has. And adds to the hilarity.

Also yeah there's a lot of emotional whiplash, the show has moments of moving drama interspersed with all the comedy.

And yeah the characters and character interaction are *excellent*.

Posted August 19th by Xhin
Xhin
 

Season three is turning out to be a mixed bag for me. As I get further in the series, I find myself wishing that they did more like Ricklantis Mixup.

I could make an argument for the inconsequence of many of the comedy bits being a meta for how random and pointless life is, but it wouldn't be a good argument.

I think that after two seasons, they need to grow into the opportunities provided to them by all the hours of backstory and setting development that they have. As of yet, they haven't done a really big, really dramatic multi-part omniverse-threatening thing like I would expect from a rip-off of Doctor Who.

inb4 season three ends with yet another instance of Rick trivializing everything or a cheap depressing scene where he tries to kill himself again.

I still like it and I don't regret any particular episode, but I think they're not using their own set-ups enough, which is odd for a series that nearly has a fetish for callbacks.

Edited September 29th by nullfather
nullfather

I haven't watched it yet, but have been re-watching all of another Dan Harmon series (Community - which is one of my all-time favorite shows). When I'm done - and I almost am - I plan to go onto truck through Rick & Morty. I haven't seen the show, but I've seen a bunch of Wisecrack's "Philosophy Of" videos pertaining to certain episodes, and it looks exactly like something I will love.

Which, yeah, if you're a fan of Rick & Morty, I'd recommend checking out the Wisecrack channel on YouTube.

Posted September 29th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

inb4 season three ends with yet another instance of Rick trivializing everything or a cheap depressing scene where he tries to kill himself again.

I liked that scene; think it gave depth to his character, especially in the context of the episode.

For some reason, though, I just haven't been inclined to watch season 3. I think I'm afraid I'll be put off (and that my memory of the first two seasons -- what I took away from the show, even if not exactly "accurate" -- will be sort of tarnished). Season 1/2 had a sort of freshness, a sincerity, that I think absurd humor, "meta" humor, really hinges on. Without these elements, the effect is bloated, even irritating.

Community - which is one of my all-time favorite shows

I could never get behind this show, either, and I haven't been able to pinpoint why. I feel the same way about 30 Rock and Parks & Rec. I like [some episodes of] The Office, though.

Posted September 29th by Ophelia
Ophelia

I liked that scene; think it gave depth to his character, especially in the context of the episode.


I liked that scene as well, but if they treat that aspect of his character like they're currently treating Jerry or Beth (i.e. blatantly overselling it), it's going to be bad.

Posted September 29th by nullfather
nullfather

I liked that scene as well, but if they treat that aspect of his character like they're currently treating Jerry or Beth (i.e. blatantly overselling it), it's going to be bad.

I see what you mean. Yeah, I guess it's really hard for shows not to do that with characters (to reduce them to a few, key but overblown qualities). How do you feel about season 3 so far as compared to season 1 and 2?

Posted September 29th by Ophelia
Ophelia

How do you feel about season 3 so far as compared to season 1 and 2?


Like a said, it's a mixed bag. I would like to see more structure. R&M is in a weird gray space between being plot-driven and being bit-driven. The one-off bits were pretty great in season one and two, but I think if they want to keep going absurd, I think they need to go a lot further with it. Right now, I think their strength is the more structured episodes, but they're not really selling those.

I think that pushing the family drama angle (poorly) when you have an omniverse full of drama in the background is a mistake. I will probably enjoy the inevitable concluding third part to the Evil Morty subplot, but I don't have a lot of hope for the main character drama right now.

Posted September 29th by nullfather
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