You know, for a show that has one of the most cancerous fanbases out there — standing just below something such as the hostile Star Wars community — the series itself is… still pretty funny and consistently creative! Why can’t people just silently have fun with this material and not have to compare each other’s dicks on whether they liked it or not?
So, as a recap for this season of Rick and Morty:
Morty uses the guidance of a forever changing knowledge of his death to determine his ongoing actions while a hologram Rick attempts to con him into dropping it to reboot real Rick back to life. Morty and Jerry attempt to take down a Black Mirror-type dating app that’ll very likely exist in our own future while Rick tries to find the origins of a pile of s**t that’ll lead him to an unlikely friendship. Rick demeans the art of heisting in an excessively eventful episode that’s complex for the sake of verbosely meta-memeing on “complexity” itself. Rick finds… another unlikely friend… and has to go save him with Morty and Summer in the driest R&M episode thus far — sorry, not sorry. Morty advances a snake planet by killing one of their own and replacing it with a snake from Earth, forcing Rick and Morty to time travel the species into experiencing the same tragic historical events as humanity went through to eventually befall self-apocalypse. In the most meta-that-it-has-to-constantly-remind-you-it’s-meta episode of the show yet which uses Bong-Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer as a setting influencer, Rick and Morty find themselves trapped in an allegory that literally epitomizes the show’s relationship between viewer and narrative. Summer creates a new, humanized civilization for a face-sucking race of aliens that Rick and Morty decide to violently terrorize for fun. When Rick’s fake acid plan fails after running into the funniest group of villains known to the show, Rick is challenged by Morty to make one of his supposedly bright ideas into reality instead, being a device that can let you respawn to a save spot in time of your choosing, allowing oneself to live a life with mere consequences. Rick and Beth help raise his army of half-planet-blooded children while Jerry strives for a purpose in life after his family vacation is vetoed. Two Beths find out that one of them is a clone that Rick created which then escalates to a blockbuster-ish finale.
In conclusion, it’s undeniably the rockiest season of the show so far — it’s almost like half of season 4’s episodes yearn to be B-rated, try-hard versions of the beloved Ricklantis Mixup special from season 3 — but as you can see, the trademark “culturally literate ludicrousness” of it all that makes this series just so damn entertaining is still quite active and running, ultimately overruling the season’s blatant drawbacks. Yep, this is Rick and Morty alright. Classic stuff.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Math:
- Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat = A-
- The Old Man and the Seat = B+
- One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty = B-
- Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty = C+
- Rattlestar Ricklactica = B
- Never Ricking Morty = B
- Promortyus = B
- The Vat of Acid Episode = A+
- Childrick of Mort = B-
- Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri = B
Final Verdict: B
“Rick and Morty” season 4 is now available to stream on HBO Max.