Rick and Morty's Most Recent Season Didn't Have Much To Say

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Rick and Morty is in crisis, and we’re not just talking about the few intense fans who make the show look bad. The show, as a whole, already seems to be running out of steam. (Spoilers ahead!)

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No wonder, then, that the latest season ended with the promise of a more streamlined refresh. There just wasn’t any place for Rick and Morty to go. In the latest episode of the Favecast, embedded above, Gita Jackson and I take a look at season three of Rick and Morty, the stigma the show has accrued on the internet, why people glorify Rick even though he’s a horrible guy, how the show falters in its central message, and how other comedy shows deal with nihilism and other depressing topics in an effective way.

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If you watch things like BoJack Horseman, The Good Place, or You’re The Worst, you’re going to enjoy this episode of the podcast—but you should probably be caught up on Rick and Morty before listening! Later on, we talk about in-game events and games that make us cry around the 48 minute mark.

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Disagree. This season was pretty clearly all about how much Rick needs his family, despite everything he says or does that is contrary to that. While, to me, every other season made it seem like he is only going to stick around until he gets bored or till shit hits the fan; The end of season 2 plus the whole season has been him sticking around again and again when it would have been easier to just jump universes or go elsewhere once again. Hell the season ends with him accepting Jerry back into the family because he would rather lose to Jerry than be alone again. Hell he even goes as far as to protect Jerry and look after him despite how much he hates him.

The whole season was also everyone (well everyone but Morty, cause he has long since known) catching on to how toxic Rick truly is and realizing that being like him is a pretty terrible way to live. They love him and like having him around, but when push came to shove the family was ready to ditch him and even fight him as opposed to bow to his whims. People complained that Summer dropped out, but I saw it more of her becoming more well adjusted and content to live a normal life than seeking to join Rick and Morty’s wacky adventures.

Tl;dr the show ditched some of the wacky shenanigans to make things more grounded and allow the characters to realize how toxic Rick truly was. Did it work? Debatable. Running out of steam? Lol no. We still need Pheonix Person, The Vindicator, and Evil Dictator Morty.