‘The Ricklantis Mixup’
‘Tales From The Citadel’
We knew there was more to this episode than a trip to Atlantis…well, I knew. Rick and Morty of C-137 enjoy a trip to the fabled underwater paradise after briefly getting an update on The Citadel. Instead of an episode following the two characters we actually know, we are taken to The Citadel where we learn what has happened since Rick tore them down and left them in a struggle with the Intergalactic Government.
We follow a few different story threads throughout the episode. We find a Rick cop joining a Morty as they go on patrol, we have a school of Morty’s going on an adventure, there is a Rick at a Wafer factory who hates his job and then there is the election. Since The Citadel is starting anew, they look to bring in a new president, the candidates consisting of Ricks and one Morty.
Throughout the episode, we jump between these different stories and it takes a while to realise why we follow the threads that have been chosen. Getting different perspectives of Ricks is always fun, showing that not all of them are bastards. Doofus Rick was an example of a guy who was kind and not a dick to everyone. The Cop Rick is a not a bad guy and tries to do what he thinks is best, his interactions with the experienced Morty cop show how their lines can blur and make you think differently about these characters.
This episode is probably the best of Season Three so far for just the election for President of The Citadel. The Morty Party clearly are the underdogs, but they get a sudden surge when their lead Morty states equal points about both Ricks and Mortys. Then we find the campaign manager for the Morty (yes, another Morty) is trying to now stop Morty from getting into power, but why? Bloody hell, it is hard to say anything but Rick and Morty as the episode is literally just infinite versions of them.
This is without a doubt my favourite episode of Season Three so far! As I mentioned in previous reviews, it is always great to get into the minds of the central duo. We have never really had an episode that took us away from our main narrative, but it works incredibly well because it shows what happens after The Citadel is destroyed and how the infinite Ricks and Mortys carry on. We saw previously how the Cronenberg Universe changed and if The Citadel is anything to go by, it will only get worse.
Justin Roiland must have hated this episode as he only acts with himself throughout the 22 minute run time, but this indeed is his best work on the show this year. We get Mortys who interact with each other, Ricks who communicate to one another and their attitudes that vary to what we knew previously. We got Mortys in a Stand By Me situation and a Rick and Morty doing Training Day. Then there is that ending, oh my f***ing god that was brilliant!
There are only 3 episodes to go, let’s just hope the building blocks that have been placed will come to full form very soon. Seeing The Citadel for a whole episode was insightful and you now don’t know whether to trust a Rick or a Morty!
**MAJOR SPOILER COMING**
Evil Morty has returned, he has become President of The Citadel and looks like he could be coming for Rick of C-137 very soon. Morty has been shown to be horrible recently, and the other Mortys show that it’s not hard to believe a Morty could want to kill all the Ricks. Would it be possible to see Evil Morty and Tammy team up for the finale? Maybe using Birdperson Phoenix Person to fight Rick?
Final Rating: 10/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove
Next week, we get something similar to Inter-dimensional Cable. I…CAN’T…WAIT!