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Rick and Morty Throw Shade at Marvel’s ‘Thanos Snap’

Fans are still waiting for the arrival of Rick and Morty season 4, but their absence isn’t keeping the show’s stars from poking fun at the plot of Avengers: Infinity War and its snap-happy villain, Thanos.

After releasing a shorter than expected third season, fans were faced with good news and bad. Rick and Morty signed on for 70 more episodes, but when those will actually begin to roll out on Adult Swim… is anyone’s guess. Thankfully the comic book version of Morty Smith and his out con control grandfather is helping to tide fans over. And in the case of Rick and Morty #48 calling out Marvel’s most recent blockbuster for an “anticlimactic,” possibly even “idiotic” finale.

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While fans obviously know how often Rick and Morty steals from plenty of shows and movies, as that’s basically the premise of the series, they haven’t set their sights on superhero cinema too often (instead favoring more iconic, classic works of science fiction or fantasy). But in Issue #48, the duo put Infinity War in their crosshairs.

The short story “Hit Me, Space Baby, One More Time” by Kyle Starks, Marc Ellerby, and Sarah Stern begins like many episodes of Rick and Morty: with Morty existing in a seemingly perfect fantasy land completely unrecognizable to his real life. His father is a successful businessman, his mother is a classic adoring housewife–Jessica is even his steady girlfriend. When Morty realizes that Rick is confined to a wheelchair because he sacrificed himself to save his grandson, he knows something is wrong. It’s then that Rick snaps Morty awake, and explains the truth: Morty has become a cosmic god.

Apparently grabbing onto a mystical flower that grants cosmic powers over reality, Morty has evolved into a ‘space baby’ form, right out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. With their enemies fast approaching, Morty vanquishes their entire army by turning one of his “Aw Gee”s into literal, giant letters, crushing them into oblivion. When Rick points out that Morty’s mastery of reality means he could have wiped them out of existence with a simple snap of his fingers, Morty points out that actually would have been worse, because… how anticlimactic it would be to use his powers in so mundane a fashion. Thanos snaps his fingers, but Rick and Morty fans demand a bit more.

And they aren’t done throwing shade at Thanos yet. When everything returns to normal, and Morty–like Thanos–decides to hand over the powers of a god once his mission is finished, his family can’t help but point out all the missed opportunities.

The family raises some valid points that have also been leveled at Infinity War, and the arguable stupidity of Thanos’ plan to halve the universe. When Thanos only had an army of Chitauri to re-balance overcrowded worlds, sure, murdering half the population randomly made some sense. But with the powers of a god, able to rewrite reality throughout all Creation… Thanos just did the exact same thing. Rather than creating a “paradise” by doubling resources and food, doubling the number of habitable worlds throughout the universe, or curing equine influenza, Thanos pulled something that Morty would accidentally manage. Bolstering the case that both may qualify as “real stupid idiots” in Rick’s eyes.

But hey, Morty did remember to give himself a new robot girlfriend before relinquishing his godlike powers. Which is more than Thanos got for his trouble.

Rick and Morty #48 is available now at your local comic book store, or direct online from ONI Press.

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2019-04-25 01:04:12

Andrew Dyce

10 Times Rick And Morty Stole From Other Shows & Movies

Adult Swim’s hit animated series Rick and Morty is one of the most creative shows currently on television – but that doesn’t mean it never steals concepts from older shows and movies. Series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland launched the time-traveling, multi-dimension adventure show back in 2013, introducing viewers to Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. Together, they go on wild missions across space and time, which has given Rick and Morty an incredible universe to explore.

With its sci-fi premise, Rick and Morty would automatically be compared to some of the biggest TV shows and movies of all-time, but Harmon and Roiland have actually leaned into this. The show has drawn plenty of comparisons to Back to the Future due to similarities between Rick and Morty’s character designs and Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly. While Rick and Morty has embraced this comparison, it’s repeatedly pulled from other pieces of pop culture for its own benefit.

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Screen Rant’s latest video dedicated to Rick and Morty points out 10 times that the show blatantly lifted concepts and stories from other TV shows and movies. Some of these are rather obvious in execution, but Rick and Morty has also done this on a smaller scale and with much more obscure properties. Check out the full list in the video at the top of this post.

Since it could be argued that some of these instances are mere coincidences (or unintentional given the wide variety of content that has explored the sci-fi genre), there’s no denying some of these are clear ripoffs. Possibly the most obvious of the entire list is how season 3 took the story and world of Mad Max: Fury Road and put the Rick and Morty spin on it. It’s impossible to see the second episode of the season and not think about the Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron-led film from 2015, but that’s okay. The great thing about Rick and Morty is that it’s acknowledging that these stories are nearly identical, and is using viewers’ pre-existing knowledge of this prior content to make more jokes.

With several other references to Stephen King and homages to Midnight Run (just to name a few), there’s plenty of other pop culture references in Rick and Morty. The good news is that fans of these jokes will definitely be getting more of them too. After a long and uncertain hiatus, it was finally confirmed that Rick and Morty was renewed by Adult Swim for 70 more episodes, which guarantees a future beyond the upcoming fourth season. As long as Harmon and Roiland don’t change the show up too much, fans should get a lot more of these references in the years to come.

More: Rick and Morty Season 4: Every Update You Need to Know


2019-04-14 08:04:07

Cooper Hood

Rick And Morty: 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Episodes

A modern pop culture phenomenon, Rick and Morty introduced the world to a crazy show, interesting humor, and hilarious memes. With three seasons and a few more on the way, it is clear that Rick and Morty is a clear hit with viewers and memers alike. Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have made something really unique and wild that will be remembered for a long time. With 31 episodes available at the time of writing, there is an epic binge-watching weekend awaiting any curious new fans or old hands who want to relive the fun before the next season comes out. However, what episodes are the best?

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10 Best: The Ricklantis Mixup

In this epic episode, we get to take another peek into the mind of Evil Morty. Fans finally get a chance to see what his plans for Rick and the Citadel are. With clear references to and inspiration from Training Day and Stand By Me, this episode has Rick and Morty as a buddy-cop duo going on an adventure with plenty of back-up Mortys to spare.

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A bunch of these Mortys even make it to the wishing portal, making for some wacky situations. It will be a while until Evil Morty is on-screen again, but it is always a good time when he is.

9 Worst: Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate

In this episode, Jerry gets sick and risks losing his manhood for the sake of an alien leader and Rick, Morty, and Summer show us the amazing possibilities that interdimensional television holds. With a cameo from the Eyehole Man, this episode just seems half-baked and uninteresting compared to other episodes in the series. It is still rated fairly highly online, with IMDB giving it a 7.5, but that is nothing compared to the almost perfect score that some of the top episodes have received from various critics and fans of the show. Some fans are still into this on, though.

8 Best: Total Rickall

Weird, chaotic, and crazy, this is one of those episodes that really captures the best of what Rick and Morty can be. Total Rickall introduced us to some fan favorite characters like Mr Poopybutthead, Ghost in a Jar, Cousin Nicky, and Penysylvester, already raising it to epic status.

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However, it is the writing and the humor that solidify it as a perfect example of what Rick and Morty is all about. Once you have watched it, it is easy to see why this episode is so loved by the Rick and Morty fandom. Give it a go and embrace the bizarre events.

7 Worst: The ABCs Of Beth

An episode that focuses on Beth, The ABCs of Beth brings us into a world that Rick created for Beth when they were younger. Beth sees the world and realizes that she has to find a childhood-friend that she lost in there all those years ago. While this episode is a cool concept with a purpose, it seems out of place when compared to other episodes in the season and the series as a whole. It also feels like they abandon the initial plot halfway through in favor of another one entirely. It is an odd one, but it is satisfying seeing Rick get hurt for a change.

6 Best: Pickle Rick

Of course, Pickle Rick was going to be on the best list. There are so many reasons why this is the best; the memes, the jokes, the gore. Pickle Rick takes Rick and takes everything away from him that makes him so iconic and just sees what happens. It is similar to Walter White and his RV situation.

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While some people try to argue that this episode is super overrated, there are many fans who disagree. Seeing this episode is touching and disgusting and funny all at once, which is an impressive feat to pull off. Not only that, but it fits in well with all the other wild episodes.

5 Worst: Pilot

If you actually want to get into Rick and Morty, do not start with the first episode. While there are glimpses of what Rick and Morty is capable of, it falls flat on its face. The episodes are more dad-jokey than anything, Rick is just a stumbling drunk with little emphasis being placed on the evil genius side, and Morty is just downright annoying – it’s hard to feel sorry for him when he is so whiny. Apparently ‘Morty’ is said over a hundred times in this episode alone, but it feels like a lot more. This episode feels like a warm-up, but it is not good.

4 Best: Close Rick-Counters Of The Rick Kind

A wild episode from start to finish, this one is chock-a-block with Ricks. Rick is framed for a crime that he did not commit and leads the Council of Ricks on a wild goose chase through dimensions as he and Morty try to prove his innocence. The chase and antics that follow are hilarious and watching Rick interact with the various versions of himself is fun to watch.

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How the Ricks end up in Morty’s house is weird, but it is touching to watch Jerry and Rick have a heart to heart, even if the version of Rick doing it is Doofus Rick rather than the classic genius we know.

3 Worst: Raising Gazorpazorp

In this episode, Morty becomes a father to a super weird alien baby while Rick and Summer are trapped on a dangerous planet together. For some, this episode is excellent satire discussing gender stereotypes and allows us to see a rare Rick and Summer adventure on a dangerous planet. However, for others, it just seems crass and honestly kind of boring. That being said, Raising Gazorpazorp does have some cool things to say about raising children and educating young kids as they grow up. Plus, Morty as a father is crazy to think about.

2 Best: The Ricks Must Be Crazy

The Ricks Must Be Crazy basically states that Rick is a god. In this episode, we see that Rick makes micro and tiny mini verses purely as fuel for his ship. This is pretty brutal, but it is cool to see him argue with tiny versions of himself and feel how frustrating it is to try to deal with himself.

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It also confirms that Rick’s ship just straight up traumatizes anyone it comes into contact with without fail. How does Rick even keep track of everything that is going on? What does being used as fuel feel like for the tiny versions of Rick? There are so many questions.

1 Worst: Get Schwifty

Get Schwifty is the sixteenth episode in the series or the fifth episode of season 2. In this episode, Rick and Morty are challenged to create music by an alien entity, so they call on Ice-T to help them win an intergalactic music competition. The song Get Schwifty is a funny classic song in the series, but that is kind of where it stops. For some fans, this episode was not particularly memorable and did not live up to the bar the other episodes set. For others, Get Schwifty is iconic and a truly classic Rick and Morty episode. This episode is definitely a Marmite style one.

That was Rick and Morty: 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Episodes. What did you think?

NEXT: RICK AND MORTY’S CREATOR’S TROVER SAVES THE UNIVERSE GETS A RELEASE DATE


2019-03-28 11:03:55

Chloe Page

How Rick & Morty Season 3 Episode 2 Made Mad Max Funny

Rick And Morty season 3 episode 2 “Rickmancing The Stone” is essentially one long tribute to Mad Max – here’s how the show made the post-apocalypse fun. Rick And Morty is a series that often pays homage to classic movies and TV shows; the basic premise is essentially a parody of Back To The Future and season 3 alone saw extended nods to Die Hard, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Stand By Me.

Season 3 had a darker tone than previous years, due to Jerry and Beth deciding to divorce. Rick And Morty season 3 episode 2 is set in the aftermath of this decision, with Jerry leaving the house and Summer deciding to take her anger out on the inhabitants of a Mad Max-style alternate dimension during one of Rick’s misadventures. “Rickmancing The Stone” feels like a mixtape of all the post-apocalyptic action movies of the 1980s, including Mad Max 2 and Escape From New York.

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While Mad Max is a franchise filled with great action and a fully realized world, they’re rarely funny either, which isn’t really a surprise, considering the bleak world they take place in. Rick And Morty season 3 episode 2 has a lot of fun with the genre though, taking the classic tropes and turning them on their heads. The Death Stalkers at the center of episode 2 are a roving gang of punks wearing S&M gear, with their leader Haemorrhage being a direct homage to Lord Humungus from The Road Warrior. Morty is also forced into bloody combat in the Blood Dome during the episode, taking inspiration from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

“Rickmancing The Stone” also takes clear inspiration from Mad Max: Fury Road, with Rick, Summer, and Morty being chased by a very Immortan Joe looking villain in the opening chase. While the show has fun playing with the visuals of the Mad Max series, the episode itself uses the wasteland to explore the emotions Morty and Summer are feeling in the wake of their parent’s divorce. Morty uses the Blood Dome fights as a way to vent his frustration over Jerry’s lack of action and Summer is attracted to the nihilistic lifestyle of the Death Stalkers as an escape from reality. Showrunners Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have always had a great sense of balancing tones, so while they revel in the bloody violence of the setting, both the humor and the emotions end up serving the characters too.

Rick And Morty season 3 episode 2 even ends with a mirror of the ending from the previous episode, where Beth announced she and Jerry are divorcing, with Summer leaving Haemorrhage in the exact same way. An actual Mad Max-style post-apocalypse would be pretty miserable, but “Rickmancing The Stone” did a great making it seem kind of funny.

Next: How Rick & Morty Season 3 Episode 1 Changed The Series Forever


2019-03-22 10:03:35

Padraig Cotter

25 Twisted Rick And Morty Facts That Will Surprise Even Longtime Fans

These twisted Rick and Morty facts may surprise even the most dedicated fans of the animated series, no matter what Earth they’re from. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the time-traveling and universe-hopping show became a massive hit on Adult Swim when it debuted in 2013. The story follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith – both voiced by Roiland – as they repeatedly find themselves in trouble.

Over the course of the first three seasons, Rick and Morty has built up a large and dedicated fanbase. They’ve helped turn the show into a sensation online, which has been a bit tougher to maintain thanks to the long breaks between seasons. The third season aired in 2017 and there has yet to be any new episodes since then. This has just left those eager for more Rick and Morty to revisit the series over and over again as the wait for season four continues.

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So, to help pass the time before season four, Screen Rant’s latest video (featured at the top of this post) counts down 25 facts pertaining to the show that may surprise even the most hardcore fan. Alternate casting ideas like Bryan Cranston as Jerry instead of Chris Parnell, a National Lampoon’s Vacation reference, connections to other TV shows (both animated and live-action), and additional content based on this universe all come up, but fans will have to watch the full video to get all the information.

One of the biggest crazes that Rick and Morty is responsible for is the mention of McDonald’s old Szechuan Sauce. The speciality sauce was created and sold when Mulan was in theaters and upon it being included in the show, McDonald’s decided to bring it back on a limited basis. Unfortunately for them and Rick and Morty fans, the demand for the sauce exceeded expectations and resulted in there being a major shortage of the product available to sell. Fans rioted and have continued to push for the Szechuan Sauce to be brought back on a larger scale, but so far that has yet to happen.

With an additional 70 episodes ordered by Adult Swim, there will be no shortage of new Rick and Morty episodes for fans to see at some point in the future though. There’s been no official return date announced, and a 2019 launch is reportedly unlikely. If Rick and Morty returns in 2020 then, this will be a longer wait than most anticipated. However, with Disney’s live-action Mulan remake also hitting theaters next year, maybe the multi-verse will align itself so that the return of these two properties will also see the Szechuan Sauce make an extended return of its own.

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2019-03-20 03:03:57

Cooper Hood

How Rick & Morty Season 3 Episode 1 Changed The Series Forever

Here’s how Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1 “The Rickshank Rickdemption” changed the course of the series forever. Rick And Morty follows the animated, interdimensional adventures of alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty. Due to Rick’s selfish, nihilistic behavior, these adventures often spiral out of control in horrifying ways, leaving Morty and his family with severe mental scars. Rick And Morty’s mix of sharp comic writing and fascinating sci-fi premises quickly saw it become a huge cult favorite.

Fans had a long wait between Rick And Morty season 2 and 3, with the final scene of the second season finding recurring character Mr. Poopybutthole breaking the fourth wall to tease the show might not be back for “a year and a half.” Season 2’s finale “The Wedding Squanchers” ended on a major cliffhanger, with Rick turning himself into the Galactic Federation to save his family. Adult Swim would later shock fans by suddenly airing Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1 on April 1, 2017, on a loop with no promotion. In a meta twist, this also matched the “year and a half” Mr. Poopybutthole had previously warned fans would have to wait.

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Rick And Morty season 3 proved to be worth the long wait, with “Pickle Rick” and “Tales From The Citadel” being two of the best episodes of the entire series. It can’t be denied the show took a darker, more melancholy tone in the third season, which was established firmly in Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1. “The Rickshank Rickdemptation” subverted expectations at nearly turn, opening on a scene where Rick recounts his epic offscreen prison escape – only to reveal it’s all a simulation in Rick’s mind by the Galactic Federation.

“The Rickshank Rickdemption” moves at breakneck pace, revisiting the Cronenberged-Earth where Rick and Morty abandoned the original version of their family in season 1, and Rick takes revenge on the Council of Ricks after rescuing his grandchildren. Rick is reunited with his family in what should be a happy ending, but this is cut short when Jerry refuses to take him back, leading to Beth divorcing him.

In the final scene, a crazed Rick reveals to Morty he let himself be captured on purpose to take revenge on all who crossed him, including Jerry. Rick details to his horrified grandson that while he might be viewed as a hero after freeing Earth from the Galactic Federation, it was really a ploy to force Morty to be his sidekick indefinitely. While Rick might have flashes of emotion, this scene revealed once and for all how twisted he is. He essentially broke his family apart for his own needs, with the aftermath of Jerry and Beth’s divorce playing a big role throughout season 3.

Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1 also showed Rick’s tragic origin story and finally revealed Beth’s mother, only to reveal – in a move seemingly designed to annoy fans – its a total fabrication. Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1 changed the series by truly revealing the dark heart of Rick Sanchez, who is in many ways is more of a monster than the various alien creatures he clashes with. This accounts for the more downbeat tone of season 3, and the various existential insecurities Morty, Beth, Summer, and Jerry face during the third season.

Next: What To Expect From Rick & Morty Season 4


2019-03-20 01:03:59

Padraig Cotter

10 Best Rick And Morty Guest Stars, Ranked

Adult Swim’s hit animated sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty has been blessed with big guest stars since the very beginning. In the first season, series co-creator Dan Harmon could get his old buddies from previous projects like David Cross and John Oliver to come in and play guest roles in what was then a weird new cartoon that could’ve easily been too surreal to succeed in the ratings. Now, the show attracts such famous names as Patton Oswalt and Susan Sarandon to play guest roles. There’s a bunch of stars who have appeared on Rick and Morty. So, here are the 10 Best Rick And Morty Guest Stars, Ranked.

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10 Christian Slater As Vance Maximus, Renegade Star Soldier

“Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender,” Rick and Morty’s skewering of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its interchangeable characters, was an interesting one that hit a lot of its targets. Christian Slater’s portrayal of Vance Maximus, Renegade Star Soldier, a thinly veiled parody of characters like Peter Quill and Tony Stark, was a nice touch. He has the suaveness and charisma of the MCU’s scene-stealers, but he hasn’t starred in a movie in years and a lot of Rick and Morty’s millennial viewers won’t recognize him. It’s a statement that in a few years, no one will remember Chris Pratt either.

9 Susan Sarandon As Dr. Wong

Susan Sarandon’s turn as the Smith family’s therapist Dr. Wong in “Pickle Rick” is extra poignant, due to the speech she gives at the end that manages to invalidate Rick’s nihilist views against therapy. This only happened because Dan Harmon himself went through a divorce, just like Jerry and Beth in season 3 of the show, which influenced the episode. He said, “I don’t know if I could’ve written [Dr. Wong’s speech] two years ago… I would’ve made sure Rick got the final word.” As a result of all of that, Dr. Wong became a more memorable guest character. Sarandon’s calm delivery of every line made the words set in deeper, and it’s a very accurate portrayal of therapists.

8 David Cross As Prince Nebulon

Whether it’s in his standup routines or his performance as Tobias on Arrested Development, David Cross always has the perfect inflections in his voice to elevate a line from funny to hilarious. His guest role in Rick and Morty is a prime example of this, from being uncomfortable around nudity to trying to play off his doctor’s appointment about his “discolored b**thole flaps” as part of the simulation. “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” is an interesting episode in itself, with more plot twists than a season of Stranger Things, but Cross elevates it on a comedic level with his hilarious vocal performance.

7 Andy Daly As Krombopulos Michael

The season 2 episode “Mortynight Run” is an interesting study of ethics, as Morty objects to Rick selling a gun to an assassin – played by Eastbound and Down star Andy Daly – and ends up killing that assassin to protect his target, and then kills a bunch of cops and civilians in the quest to save the target, only for the target to turn out to be a genocidal maniac.

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Of course, the examination of ethics is hidden under layers of absurdist humor and improvised dialogue. The result is a complex, multifaceted, hysterical, and very memorable episode of Rick and Morty.

6 Danny Trejo As Jaguar

Poor Jaguar. Rick could’ve easily gone into a parallel universe and saved one of Jaguar’s infinite daughters to reunite them. But since it would be a minor inconvenience to him, he decided to tell him he didn’t have any daughters in parallel universes, and Jaguar went on living an angry, vengeful, violent, lonesome existence. “Pickle Rick” began with Rick turning himself into a pickle, so it was difficult to get continuously more exciting after that. But having Danny Trejo play an assassin named Jaguar who comes after him with firepower and ends up joining his side just about did it.

5 Keegan-Michael Key And Jordan Peele As Testicle Monsters #1 and #2

As an episode, the season 2 premiere “A Rickle in Time” isn’t necessarily as brilliant as it could be. It gets too confusing to be entertaining and the stakes are never really raised. Of course, it does end with Rick’s emotional near-death scene, which almost saves it. On the whole, it’s not one of the most memorable Rick and Morty episodes – but that’s a really high standard to be held to. Having said that, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are hilarious in it as the fourth-dimensional beings. They might be the greatest comedy duo working today, and even as Peele becomes an Oscar-winning filmmaker, he hasn’t lost sight of that – the pair have been reunited in Toy Story 4.

4 Christina Hendricks As Unity

The hive mind Unity is, in many ways, the perfect woman for Rick. However, their relationship isn’t sustainable. It’s destructive to both of them and Unity has to be the mature one who realizes it and jumps ship, while Rick is left to be the tragically depressed one.

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The end of the episode is one of the saddest, deepest Rick and Morty moments of all time, as Rick attempts suicide and only fails because he passes out drunk. Mad Men star Christina Hendricks does a terrific job of conveying all these emotions through a hive mind with a bunch of different bodies.

3 John Oliver As Dr. Xenon Bloom

Somewhere between breaking into U.S. television with his role as Ian Duncan on Dan Harmon’s NBC sitcom Community and becoming a bona fide star with his late-night HBO series Last Week Tonight, John Oliver left a lasting impression in the Rick and Morty season 1 episode “Anatomy Park.” He played Dr. Xenon Bloom, the guy who collaborated with Rick on a theme park inside a homeless man. Oliver’s distinctive voice made the character so much funnier, while his comic delivery of every line was perfect – “Morty, would you like to ride the bone train?” – meaning what could’ve been a forgettable role became a hilarious and memorable one.

2 Nathan Fillion As Cornvelious Daniel

Nathan Fillion is a favorite of any science fiction fan – he’s the poster boy for cult fame – so he was a perfect fit for Rick and Morty. And there’s no better role for him than that of the Galactic Federation agent who is sent into Rick’s subconscious to steal information from his mind. The tense clash of Fillion’s cool charisma and Justin Roiland’s aggressively intelligent portrayal of Rick makes for a very interesting two-hander in the season 3 premiere “The Rickshank Rickdemption.” It’s hard to imagine the Cornvelious Daniel character being anywhere near as interesting if he was played by someone other than Nathan Fillion.

1 Werner Herzog As Shrimply Pibbles

Somehow, by the grace of God, the producers of Rick and Morty managed to get acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog to play a character in one of their episodes. And not only that, he has a monologue where he distills human culture down to its obsession with penises. They got Werner Herzog to say, “I’ve dwelled among the humans. Their entire culture is built around their penises. It’s funny to say they are small. It’s funny to say they are big. I’ve been at parties where humans have held bottles, pencils, thermoses in front of themselves and called out, ‘Hey, look at me. I’m Mr. So-and-So-D**k. I’ve got such-and-such for a penis.’ I never saw it fail to get a laugh.” It’s mesmerizing. Herzog’s performance was so great that it was in “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate” and he wasn’t overshadowed by the interdimensional cable sequences.

NEXT: The 10 Best Rick and Morty Quotes That’ll Leave You Laughing


2019-03-16 11:03:44

Ben Sherlock

7 Rick And Morty Easter Eggs You Missed

Despite being a pop culture icon itself, Rick and Morty is no stranger to packing hidden references to other pop culture icons. Consider that the whole show is a dark and twisted parody of Back to the Future. There are so many references and easter eggs hidden with Rick and Morty’s three short seasons that there’s no way we could fit them all into on article, but we’ll touch on some of the best and funniest easter eggs that most fans may have missed. So whether we’re connecting the chaotic and brutal world of Rick and Morty to a show on the Disney Channel or simply pointing out that Rick’s patented burp-talking (a reference to comedian Foster Brooks) isn’t as original as some people may think, so let’s pull out that cursed microscope and analyze the squanch out of Rick and Morty until we can’t brain good no more.

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7 Rick Brings The Parasites Home

Fans who remember the episode entitled “Total Rickall” from season one probably remember the telepathic parasites that embed themselves in good memories with the various members of the Smith family. Well, those paying close attention to the end of “Mortynight Run” just might see Rick loading his trunk with some glowing green geodes, one of which has the eggs that will birth the parasites just two episodes later. It’s also possible to see Rick tossing the “glowing rocks” in “Jerry’s kitchen” before Rick paints the dining room in a lovely shade of parasite. Thankfully, Rick can always count on Mr. Poopybutthole.

6 The Gravity Falls Connection

Eagle-eyed fans of the Disney XD series Gravity Falls may have noticed while watching “Close Rick-Counters Of The Rick Kind” that Gruncle Stan’s Mug, pen, and notebook that were sucked into a gigantic portal. While Rick and Morty are trying to get the Squanch out of dodge, Rick opens several portals to throw off the Ricks on their tail. One of the portals he opens spits out the exact items Gruncle Stan lost in Gravity Falls. Conspiracy?! We think not. Merely a nod to the Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland’s friend, and creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch. Pay close attention during the scenes in the Citadel to spot a pair of Mortys that look an awful lot like Mable and Dipper with their Rick.

5 Harmonious Claptrap

While Rick and Morty has been rewarding fans for sticking around past the credits since episode one, something many fans may not have stuck around for or even noticed is the difference in the Harmonious Claptrap vanity card between seasons two and three.

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This easter egg is a bit sadder than anything of the other entries on this list, but after season two, the Harmonious Claptrap Vanity card changes from Dan Harmon seated with his wife and their dogs and cat to Dan Harmon lying on a couch alone surrounded by his pets, vodka bottles, and garbage. A tough image to take in after realizing this change occurs after Harmon’s divorce back in 2015.

4 Rick’s Room

Fans that stuck around after the credits of “Close Rick-Counters Or The Rick Kind” were treated to a rare glimpse into Rick’s personal space, his bedroom. We see Rick enter as Jerry sits on his cot, lamenting Doofus Rick’s recent departure. As usual, what’s interesting about this scene is everything other than the unemployed lump of carbon wasting space on the cot. On Rick’s wall we can see that he has been tracking all the adventures he and Morty have been on (and perhaps forming some sort of conspiracy theory). Stuck to the wall and covered in the obligatory conspiracy strings you can see pictures of a Cronenberg monster, Mr. Meseeks, Prince Nebulon, Dr. Xenon Bloom from “Anatomy Park”, and even Aberdolf Lincler from the next episode is there.

3 Needful Things

In the season one episode “Something Ricked This Way Comes”, fans get to see Rick and Morty’s take on the age-old debate of science vs. the supernatural. When the Devil opens up shop in town and begins selling cursed items to the townsfolk that carry terrible consequences, Rick can’t help but rain on the fallen one’s parade. Stephen King fans may recognize a similar plotline from his work “Needful Things”, which sees a stranger selling false valuables for cheap, but with one catch: you must pay for the item by pranking your neighbors. What starts out small eventually snowballs into full-blown chaos. If you happen to notice the name on the sign outside the devil’s shop in Rick and Morty, you’ll find the title of King’s work, “Needful Things”.

2 The Community Easter Eggs

Any fans that have been following Dan Harmon’s career at all are aware that before his success with Justin Roiland and Rick and Morty he ran and wrote a little show called Community. While fans of Community may never get to see another Dan Harmon-led episode, there have been a few easter eggs thrown in just for them.

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For instance, in “Auto Erotic Assimilation”, while Summer and Morty and trying to get back home, Rick can be seen commanding a group of familiar looking cast members to perform on the while he sits with Unity. In the “Morty’s Mind Blowers” episode, Rick says “It’s more like a clip show made from clips you haven’t seen before.” this is a reference to the Community episode “Paradigms of Human Memory” which was exactly that.

1 The Ricklantis Mixup

There is so much going on in this episode that it absolutely demanded its own entry. From the Marty Mcfly Morty to a Willy Wonka Rick, heck, there’s even a Justin Roiland Morty. There’s just so much to dive into in this episode. Something even eagle-eyed fans may have missed is the reason behind the confusion of the Rick and Morty from the Citadel when they discover Rick and Morty C-137 in the dimension they’ve popped into. We know that Rick and Morty have switched dimensions once, but fans learned during “Morty’s Mind Blowers” that after Morty catches the attention of the squirrels (which is after they escape to from the Cronenberged Universe), they again abandon another universe. The one thing that we know for sure is that Evil Morty has likely discovered the location of Rick C-137 thanks to an all-too-quick humble brag about destroying the Citadel at the beginning of the episode. Wubalubadubdub.

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10 Best Rick And Morty Episodes

With three seasons under their belt and likely at least 3 more to go, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have created a pop culture phenomenon that seems to have absolutely taken over. With only 31 episodes released, Rick And Morty makes for a near-perfect binge over the course of a weekend — or a day, whichever. But should you find yourself lacking in time and in need to have the core of the Rick And Morty experience carefully distilled into just 10 episodes, well, then you’re in for a real squanchin’ treat, pal. So grab your portal guns and whatever KLAX you can find, and let’s get riggity-riggity-right to it.

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10 The Ricks Must Be Crazy

If the first season of Rick And Morty hadn’t already convinced you that Rick is basically a god, then “The Ricks Must Be Crazy” went right out and said it. Not only has Rick spawned a plethora of micro-verses, but he’s done so simply to create a free and endless source of fuel. Ouch. Somehow, even without the power provided to it by the miniverses, Rick’s ship still manages to traumatize Summer and everyone that it comes in contact with. Meanwhile, in the teeny-verse, er — micro-verse, whatever — Rick struggles to reestablish the status quo with micro and teeny versions of himself. Makes you wonder what exactly Rick thinks he’s returning to when finally gets back to his own multiverse.

9 The Rickshank Redemption

This is the episode that, for better or worse, established Rick And Morty as a pop culture phenomenon. Yes, my friends, when you have the kind of pull to force McDonald’s hand into bringing back that delicious, zesty, Mulan-inspired, Szechuan sauce, you’ve truly reached the upper echelons of pop culture.

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There’s so much going on in this episode; from the possible hints at Rick’s past to killer concepts like “Seal Team Ricks”, all wrapped up with the neat little bow that is the devastating collapse of an intergalactic government and a return to the status quo for Rick and the Smith family. Probably the best April fools prank that was ever played.

8 Meseeks and Destroy

“Meseeks and Destroy” is the perfect example of something small can snowball into a devastating avalanche of hostage situations, a deadly game of mini putt-putt, and fantasy worlds are filled with knights, giants, and corrupt jellybeans aching for the touch of a young and impressionable boy like Morty. It’s also one of the best episodes to introduce anyone that still hasn’t seen Rick And Morty to their ludicrous misadventures. It perfectly exemplified the essence of the series; Rick causing shenanigans to distract the Smith family and go off on an adventure with Morty. What could be better than a man adventuring through the multiverse with his grandson?

7 Rick Potion #9

Not only is “Rick Potion #9” one of the greatest episodes of the entire series, but it’s also one of the darkest, which, is perhaps, why it’s great. It’s also one of the first times Morty (along with the audience) sees Rick fail, which is interesting going forward throughout the series.

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This is the episode that tells the audience that Rick And Morty isn’t going to be just another hilarious cartoon to kick back and relax with. Much like the audience, Morty reaches a major turning point in this episode and the bigger picture of what type of story the creators are telling becomes much more clear.

6 Mortynight Run

There’s so much great about this episode that it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s one of the greatest guest star appearances by the acoustically audacious Jermaine Clement of Flight Of The Conchords. This episode also brings us the amazing Roy: The Game and a daycare center for all the Jerrys of the multiverse. While Jerry enjoys his special fun time at Jerryboree, Morty spends his time-saving Fart, the gaseous, charismatic, singing telepath bent on the destruction of all carbon-based lifeforms. Sometimes it’s better to just stay at Blips and Chitz with the boys playing Roy.

5 Rixty Minutes

While most people look back on this episode and remember all the silly improvised bits we see on interdimensional cable, there’s some real gold in the subplots involving Summer and her parents. Antsinmyeyes Johnson, Real Fake Doors, and the most adorable little detective you’ve ever seen,  Baby Legs, are just a few examples of the some of the absurd offerings the multiversal cable box has in store for Rick and Morty. Meanwhile, Beth and Jerry learn what life would have looked like apart and gain new respect and love for one another. But the crux of this episode comes from Morty as he describes to Summer the aftermath of “Rick Potion #9”. Everyone dies. Nobody’s here on purpose. Let’s just go watch tv. Solid advice.

4 Auto Erotic Assimilation

If you’ve ever been curious about the type of women it takes to (somewhat) handle Rick, well, the answer is somehow both surprising and really the only answer that makes sense. Morty and Summer get a chance to meet grandpa Rick’s ex-girlfriend Unity, a hivemind entity who apparently has her hands around the dank empty pit where Rick’s heart belongs. Meanwhile, once again, Beth and Jerry seem to be having some marital problems before stumbling onto a captive alien locked below Rick’s garage.

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This episode does a great job of emphasizing the effect that Rick has on the people around him, not just Morty but all of the people that come in contact with him. In a way, his suicide attempt can be read as an attempt to heal what he’s broken in his loved ones and repent, so to speak, for how he’s loved them. A devastating blow by a man who often acts like the multiverse has robbed him of emotions.

3 The Ricklantis Mixup

There’s just so much to say about this episode. We finally get another peek into the mind of the Evil Morty and his plans for Rick and the Citadel. This episode is packed with amazing references from a Training Day inspired ride along with senior Citadel officer Cop Morty and his rookie partner Rick to the adventure with stand by Mortys, a Stand By Me inspired adventure following a group of Morty’s making their way to a wishing portal. We’ll likely end up waiting a bit longer before hearing from Evil Morty again, but until then we’ve got plenty to theorize about before season 4 comes out.

2 Total Rickall

How can an episode that introduced the fan-favorite character, Mr. Poopybutthole, along with many other new and absurd characters for fans to adore? Who could forget Ghost in a Jar, Cousin Nicky, or Pensylvester! Oh, Pensylvester. He was the best of us. This is another one of those episodes that perfectly encapsulated what fans love about the show. It’s weird, chaotic, crazy, and absolutely hilarious. While it may end in a bit of a downer for Mr. Poopybutthole, it’s exactly the type of wacky misadventure that fans of the series clamor for.

1 Pickle Rick

There are plenty of reasons why “Pickle Rick” makes it here to the top of the list, the least of which being just how incredibly complex and entertaining the episode is. Dan Harmon himself says the idea came up rather organically, and once it had they just ran with it. Why would Rick do this thing to himself? The idea was essentially to take this iconic character, Rick, and strip him of everything to find out what really makes him tick. Much like they do with Walter White and the broken down RV in the desert in Breaking Bad. The results are as heartbreaking and painful to watch as they are bloody and impressive. Who knew someone could do that much damage as a pickle?

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