Given the most recently craze about McDonalds failing to give us the Mulan Szechuan Sauce, it felt timely to actually review season three of Rick and Morty since fans everywhere pretty much have an opinion about the worldwide phenomena that grown men riot over a nugget sauce.
Since I was patient enough to wait two weeks, and an editor that thinks spoilers are sacrosanct, this review will contain spoilers. You have been warned.
Rick and Morty had seen some ups and downs with many themes and ideas from Nihilism, cynicism, what it means to be a god, man, to just plainly a child in a world you do not understand.
And yet, season three, which tackles that and more, seems to be more hated by fans than ever. Some even claiming it was not worth the wait.
Others feel as though Rick and Morty well trolled us all.
Some felt this season did not have enough oomph or it did not progress the show far enough in a season that promised to be its darkest ever.
And yet, fans seem to be forgetting how Dan Harmon, co-creator of Rick and Morty, likes to structure a story. He likes following a structure for television that is much like Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey that has eight steps:
- A character is in a place of comfort
- But they want something
- They enter an unfamiliar situation
- This character adapts to it.
- They get what they want
- Pay a heavy price for it
- They return to a familiar place for it
- Having changed.
Harmon however, believes in storytelling changes when going through the medium of television.
What this means though is that Rick and Morty as a story will most like not go through life altering, palpable change. Sure a character might do something they regret, but Rick is going to be a genius drunk, Morty is going to be a nervous kid who bends to highest authority’s will (whether it is Rick in episode one or Beth in season three episode ten), Beth will be a wife who is slightly unfulfilled (whether she is a clone or not), Jerry will still be the guy who plays the victim, and Summer will be the distant teenager (who apparently huffs enamel).
These are not original ideas either. Wisecrack, a Youtube channel, has an entire section on Rick and Morty.
All of this is meant to say is the point Beth made at the end of season three’s finale: “In many ways, things will be like season one. But more streamlined.”
Of course nothing changed. That’s Harmon’s point. Nothing changes on the show. Nothing changes in most of television until finales or until they are ready.
And as pointed out by Mr. Poopybutthole (I still can’t believe that’s a thing, and I am a fan). Hopefully, you don’t waste your lives on the show. After all, it is a show.
Now maybe Rick and Morty’s creator trolled us. Maybe Beth is a clone. Maybe she isn’t. For a fun theory on that, check out, Film Theory. Speaking of Film Theory, and of Dan Harmon trolling the audience, at the end of Film Theory’s Pickle Rick Theory, which is also worth a watch, Dan hinted that there would be more to Evil Morty in the finale of season three.
And instead, Rick and Morty blew off America. Or did they?
Honestly, Harmon, and the other creators, kind of did troll its fans, but they also made a good point. Rick and Morty fans take things too seriously.
Season 3 gave fans Pickle Rick, both a followup to the citadel AND Evil Morty, closure on the will they won’t they story of Beth and Jerry, and it gave the world Mulan Szechuan Sauce:
Do you think McDonalds would have done this without Rick and Morty? Absolutely not.
Rick and Morty season 3 delivered just fine on what fans have come to expect. It is just fans are taking things too seriously. It is the the point that even Philip DeFranco and Rooster Teeth are commenting on it. Instead of whining, be grateful for the excellent story telling that is being delivered.
Rick and Morty is still one of the strongest television shows out there, being better in quality than say South Park or The Simpsons, and it gives you plenty to think about, theorize, geek over, or just be. So why complain.
If you have seen season three, and you did not like it because it was not everything you wanted after waiting a year and a half, I am sorry for you. You are one of the fans Mr. Poopybutthole worries about. If you watched it and were not impressed, feel free to comment below. If you liked it, I am glad you are one of many. And if you have not seen any R&M, give it a shot.