TV REVIEW: ‘Rick and Morty’ – Season 3

The always hilarious "Rick and Morty" gets serious in Season 3

| October 4, 2017

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The beginning of season three starts off with the family sitting at Shoney’s with Rick, because he just escaped space prison. The family talks for a bit when suddenly an agent from the Galactic Federation named Cornvelious Daniel shows up and tries to gather information from Rick’s memory about the origin of his portal gun. Rick and Daniel watch a Rick from the future try to convince the young, married Rick to make more versions of himself, or as he calls it “the infinite Rick.” The Rick from the future also pushes young Rick to take advantage of science to make the world what it currently is, where he can travel through infinite timelines. As they are watching young Rick talk to older Rick, it shows young Rick talking to his wife when suddenly a bomb comes through a portal and blows up the garage, ultimately killing her. Shortly after, young Rick quickly assembles a portal gun and tries to go back in time to save his wife. This is interrupted by real Rick and Daniel going back to the Shoney’s. Rick mentions that this whole story was fake, but I feel the fact that young Rick was happy and in love with his wife has some significance as to how Rick really feels about his family.

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As the season goes on, Rick continues to emotionally scar Morty and make Beth question her marriage and ultimately question her life. Jerry becomes more and more frustrated with how Rick is effecting the family and makes Beth choose between him and Rick. Beth ends up choosing Rick, and Rick goes on a rant to Morty about how he has taken over the family and become the head of the house. It is evident that even though Rick does not display emotion or love to his family, it is important that he still has a hold on the family as a whole. Rick wants to have control over the family and make them feel like they need him so they will not abandon him.

Episode six, “Rest and Ricklaxation,” is a great example of how Rick really feels about himself. In this episode, Rick and Morty go through a machine that rids them of “toxins,” which is basically the insecurities and negative parts of themselves getting manifested inside the machine in human form, except they are covered in goo. When Rick and Morty leave the machine, they are completely happy and “normal.” Later on in the episode, Rick and Morty meet with toxic Rick and Morty. Normal Rick mentions that if toxic Rick was in control and in the forefront of his mind, he would have been dead long ago. This insinuates that even though Rick does not show emotion, he uses the more emotional part of himself to make decisions so that he can stay alive, because he actually does *want* to love his family.

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In the season finale, Beth really struggles with her identity and self worth. Rick offers her a chance to clone herself and give her clone all the characteristics of who she actually is so that she can “leave earth and wander the infinite cosmos to figure out who she is” and leave the clone on Earth without feeling guilty for leaving her kids behind. Throughout the episode, she gets progressively more stressed because she cannot figure out if she is a clone or not. Out of confusion and need for clarity, Beth goes back to her husband Jerry, because he is the only constant in her life. She comes to the conclusion that simplicity, which Jerry is the epitome of, is what she really needs to be happy.

At the end of the episode, Beth and the family decide that they no longer need Rick and do not want to put up with his insanity anymore. Beth is no longer motivated by the fear that Rick will leave. She even mentions that things will be “more like season one” in the episode. Although things are similar to season one now, the fact that Rick no longer holds a high status in his family will change the whole dynamic of the show.

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