Rick and Morty: comedy and science fiction in its purest form

Michael Wafford, staff writer

Rick and Morty is an American TV series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, and comes on Adult Swim at 8 pm. The story follows the adventures of Rick, the alcoholic and insane ‘god of science’, and his adolescent grandson Morty who is dragged into all of Rick’s crazy and potentially life threatening escapades. The story also switches out Morty with Jerry, his pitiable father, Summer, his sister, and his mother Beth. Mostly, the show is a series of random adventures that seem to break, or at least warp, Morty’s fragile mind, and contribute to the blurry but engaging plot. The story is told with British style storytelling, allowing the main plot to be “not bound by rules” Roiland says. The series premiered on December 12, 2013.

What makes the show interesting is the pure insanity of everything that happens; Rick has gone to alternate universes, killed multiple versions of himself, and created a mutant apocalypse then left his family in it, for example. Seeing all the things that Rick has done, it’s obvious why he’s gotten to a point of insanity. This mental illness is another great part of the show. Another fun thing about the show is the fact that Rick and Morty often meet other versions of themselves – some are similar to our Rick and Morty and others are not quite human. One thing that they all share in common, though, is their personality. But even though all of the Rick and Morty’s may act the same at their basic levels, each one is different to some extent, especially the Ricks who have quirks such as being a fisherman or a police officer – they seem to be a bit “derpy”. Something that really makes all the characters special, though, is seeing how they break from the basic mold.

One of the big things that adds to the charisma of Rick and Morty are their complete lack of morals. This show really emphasizes the dark, disgusting, disturbing parts of humanity. A golden example of this is how Morty’s math teacher Mr. Goldenfold, a warbling, deplorable excuse for a human being all throughout the show does things like letting Morty grope him while daydreaming, performing a human sacrifice to heads in the sky, and eating his own crap. Another part of the show that intrigues me is how darkly hilarious the characters mental states are. Most characters who ever appear in the show have serious mental issues, and it’s comical that nobody is good at hiding it. Morty is obviously on the verge of insanity, and Rick is at a point where he doesn’t care, or possibly has been insane for quite a while and sees it as normal. Harmon even says, “Rick is diseased, he’s mentally ill”. Rick just has so much depth to his character that hasn’t been fully explored yet. And as the show gets weirder and weirder (in a good way), one of the biggest questions is the question of Rick’s background.

In the end, Rick and Morty is such a popular show because it shocks viewers and makes them want more. Just when you think that the show can’t get any more twisted Morty starts to murder people, or Rick tries to commit suicide. I would definitely refer people who don’t know about the show to it, but it’s probably not for people searching for morals or questioning life.

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