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The Five Animated Shows YOU Need To Watch In 2019!

Animation has always been a funky medium, the cartoons of today are all varied and different with many stand outs amongst the crowd. While we may have only just reached the half way point of this year, 2019 looks set to be a goldmine for those shows that will give you entertainment over the 12 months of that year. While we have many shows confirmed from the new year and beyond, here are the five shows you need to watch!

Castlevania – Season 3

At the time of writing this, season 2 hadn’t yet debuted on Netflix, but we have been promised that the show will continue into next year after the ball was dropped by star Richard Armitage. It’s no secret that Castlevania was indeed popular and it’s short 4 episode debut was barely enough to whet the appetite of its viewers. With a promised 8 episode drop coming this Halloween, 2019 will certainly be exciting for fans of this gripping video game adaptation.

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Netflix again for this next entry, and this one will be exciting for many. First of all, Gina Rodriguez (The star of Jane The Virgin, not the other Gina Rodriguez that appears when you type the name into Wikipedia) is set to take the title role in this 20-part series for the streaming service. If a series wasn’t enough, Rodriguez will also be playing the role in a live-action film for Netflix too! Educational as well as entertaining, this will be one for kids and parents next year!

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MOOMIN

Moomin (or Moominvalley) is an upcoming show based on the works of Tove Jansson and will see a blend of 2D and 3D animation techniques coming together. An all star cast including Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Richard Ayoade and many more come to voice the white hippo creatures and the other inhabitants of this world we will be visiting. Originally crowdfunded through Indiegogo, the project blew up exponentially and will be anticipated by many in 2019!

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Young Justice: Outsiders

2010 saw the debut of Young Justice, an animated DC show which featured many sidekicks to the superhero roster and saw Robin, Miss Martian, Kid Flash and others make themselves stand out as heroes in their own right. While Teen Titans established the lesser known characters could be intriguing, Young Justice saw them really stand out and even steal the limelight from mainstays such as Batman and Wonder Woman. If any Superhero show needed to come back, it was this one!

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Rick and Morty Season Four

The bad news: Rick and Morty will not be on in 2018! It is a fact we need to live with. But there is some good news as the show will be coming back for a 70 episode order! Season four looks set to debut in the later half of next year and will see the show firmly place itself back where it belongs as one of the most important animated series in years! Just be prepared for a long wait and a handsome reward!

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Which of these TV shows are you looking forward to? Is there any other animated delights that take your interest?

Let me know in the comments

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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RICK AND MORTY SEASON 4 IS NOT CONFIRMED?

IS IT A BAD THING?

Do you ever fancy pissing off a loyal and dedicated fanbase? Well, it looks like Adult Swim and the show’s co-creator Dan Harmon have done just that in the last few days. A tweet from Dan Harmon, nearly six months on from the Season 3 finale, has confirmed that Season 4 is yet to be renewed by the network.

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First off, yes, I know people will be majorly pissed off at this news. The idea that a show as popular and much loved by its audience as Rick and Morty to not be currently making new episodes is indeed felt as a negative notion, but should it be? No! What many people seem to not realise is that animation is not as straight-forward as you may have hoped.

With three seasons and 31 episodes already produced since 2013, the show is already well weaved into the world. This show does not have a network like Fox who can put towards the costs of 20+ episodes a year, and we all know what too many episodes of an animated show can lead to. Put it this way, how many people still watch The Simpsons every week? The show works on quality over quantity and makes the most of a more limited budget compared to The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.

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Also, just because the show may not be churning out new episodes for a while, that doesn’t mean we are getting nothing from Rick and Morty. The VR game ‘Virtual Rick-ality’ was released in 2017 for the Vive and Oculus Rift and will be making its way to Playstation VR next month for even more fans to get stuck into.

Want some more? Rick and Morty feature in the music video for ‘Oh Mama’ by hip-hop duo Run The Jewels. I have never listen to these guys before, but the track is actually quite addictive and the music video is a visual treat for bands of both the music and the show. Though this isn’t here to replace the show, it does show that Rick and Morty are definitely front and centre in our culture.

Need one more bit of comfort to help you through the long wait for Season 4? The home release of Season 3 will be available in the US from 15th May on DVD and Blu-Ray, which is bound to be packed with many special features and that commentary which was recorded with Harmon and Justin Roiland with the fan who won the competition. The show may be a while away from returning, but Rick and Morty in one way or another will be around until the new episodes finally drop!

Rick and Morty is one of the rare shows where it has been able to go beyond cult status and expand to many different medias and crossover into various franchises, establishing a strong fanbase in such a short amount of time. Season 4 will be worth the wait, just as Season 2 and 3 were much appreciated when they finally came to our screens. It may be tough, but let’s enjoy what is around us until the new additions make their debut…just remember what Mr. Poopybutthole said the last time around, “Hopefully you didn’t Just F**k Around And Waste Your Life!”.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick and Morty – Season 3 Episode 9 REVIEW

‘The ABC’s Of Beth’

Is it fair that this is almost the end of Season Three? We get to see a bit more of Beth and Jerry this week as the title characters are occupied with their lives. While Jerry introduces Morty and Summer to his new alien warrior girlfriend Kiara, we get to learn a bit about Beth’s past and what happened to her childhood friend Tommy when Tommy’s dad is convicted of his murder.

Years ago, Rick made an imaginary world called “Froopyland” for Beth to give her a place to have fun in. One day, she went in there with Tommy and he ended up being left in there for years. While Beth tries to feel bad for leaving her friend in this world, in which he has survived by mating with the creatures of the land and then eating the offspring. Yes, the show went to that level and it was still funny…but sick!

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During this episode, we do get a good look at Beth’s background and we see how much Rick has actually influenced her behaviour. While we have seen her try to lead her life and stay level-headed, she is not afraid to go all-out crazy and will f**k some s**t up in the process!

Meanwhile, Morty and Summer are very unsure over the situation with their father and his new girlfriend. Not only is she powerful, but her mentality can switch in a moment, meaning the family is put in danger because of Jerry’s usual stupidity. The references to Alien, Predator and Species is well rounded and gives a great sci-fi bent to the fantasy style happening with Beth and Rick.

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Similar to other episodes, there is so many different points and events which have a great impact on the show. Whether you believe the Beth theory that stems from the end of the episode or believe that Rick is starting to become more “human” as the show goes on, this is a show that we may never get to fully understand.

Our main guest star this week is Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch, who is brilliant but creepy as King Tommy. You see this colourful world full of wonder and you see how one creepy kid changed it into a place of disgust. As usual, Jerry is great to see and this is clearly Chris Parnell’s best episode for a while. Then we get Beth actress Sarah Chalke who really shows a different side to the woman we thought we knew so well, but it turns out that Beth is just like her father.

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While we have had plenty of topics and events to go through, there is still so many answers we need. When will Tammy make her plans against Rick? Is Evil Morty about to come after the duo? Will Beth and Jerry actually get back together? With one episode to go, I get this feeling we may be waiting till at least Season 4 for some answers.

Leading in to the season finale, we have been given another great episode which just continues to expand this universe and ask more questions than we can answer.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Who doesn’t love that last line by Rick?

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Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 8 Review!

‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

We have seen Morty go through many things that have angered, tortured and traumatized him. But what about the moments that REALLY affect him? Well, Rick has got a device which is able to erase Morty’s mind of these experiences and keeps these memories as bulb-like items called “blowers”.

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Through the blowers, we learn a lot about the adventures the titular duo have been on which we never got to see and…we also sadly avoid an Interdimensional Cable 3! After having everything known to him by a magic turtle, Morty begs to have it taken out of his head. We then get to see some of the other things that have happened such as Morty being responsible for an innocent man’s death, swapping places with innocent people in a pet store prison and even making an alien doubt his own beliefs.

As the blowers continue, we find that they aren’t all because of Morty’s choices. We also see that the family have also given him some bad times, and then there is Rick…the one who truly f**ked with Morty’s little mind! We find that Rick has caused so much chaos to Morty and then the two begin to fight and they both end up losing their memories completely.

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We find out a lot about what has happened to the characters in the stories that weren’t shown in full, this includes one big revelation about their world. While the episode primarily focuses on these two, we learn that Summer has got a vital role within ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ and shows she could truly be the smartest out of all of them. Then we also get that great scene at the end which gives Jerry his first role in ages and it’s a truly well made one!

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A big inspiration for this was Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and it also feels like Interdimensional Cable with a Treehouse of Horror twist. As much as I normally enjoy the usual collection of ad-libbed commercials and shows, it was good to get an insight into the adventures and events we never got to see. After seeing this episode, it just throws out more questions and will be a basis for more fan theories.

When you see there were six writers in total for this episode, it was great to see this story was really fleshed out amongst the whole team. Each part or “blower” were indeed well presented and the revelations that come from some of them will indeed change the way you see the show. Justin Roiland, like last week, plays off himself well during his dual role as Rick and Morty. Sarah Chalke’s Beth is also shown to be very much ready to abandon Morty without giving it a second thought, showing it’s not just Morty who has genuinely been affected by Rick over the years.

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Going into episode 9 and 10, I start to think I will be upset when the season comes to an end in a fortnight, but Season 3 has been fantastic. I am sure we will get a satisfying pay-off with Evil Morty in control of The Citadel and where the hell is Bird Person Phoenix Person and Tammy? I still think they will combine forces to defeat Rick! Also, as he has only appeared in half the series and in some minor roles, please give us another full episode with Jerry, I miss that loser.

A great episode, a new perspective and truly a great successor to Interdimensional Cable!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next week, we get to see a bit more from Beth and find out why she has her own world!

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Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 7 Review!

‘The Ricklantis Mixup’

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‘Tales From The Citadel’

*Mild Spoilers*

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.

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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.

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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.

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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**

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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!

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Marvel’s Inhumans – Episode 1 and 2 REVIEW!

‘The First Chapter’

*Mild Spoilers Ahead*

Many of you may wish that Marvel kept this as a movie in the original MCU line-up, and in a way I will agree with you. It was a bold move for Marvel to develop this as a series following the success of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the way they handled the Inhuman characters that came from there, and this does succeed in many ways. Also, before anyone says it, yes we got Scott Buck behind the show. I liked Iron Fist, but I am not here to win you over on that series.

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We start on earth where a newly “awoken” Inhuman has been exposed to the Terrigen mist, she is trying to escape a strike team who goes after her. This is where we meet Triton, who is sadly given minimal screen time. We then move to the moon and find ourselves in the city of Attilan, giving us our first introduction to King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Queen Medusa (Serinda Swan) as they are embraced in her magical locks of fire-red hair.

The Royal Family are all loyal to Black Bolt and obey his law, except for his brother Maximus. Where Black Bolt is seen as a good king and a protector of their world, Maximus has had enough of living in secret and believes the Inhumans should go to Earth. Maximus barely takes his brother’s side to begin with, but he finds himself taking charge after being given a glimpse into the future. Taking over the Attilan army, the brother of the king takes control of the city and is only stopped from destroying the Royal Family thanks to teleporting dog, Lockjaw!

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While the show may not be too heavy on spectacle, the earth-set scenes are shot beautifully. The opening sequence with Triton on Hawaii is well executed and even the scenes of Black Bolt and Maximus conversing with each other is a must see. Also, for a protagonist who doesn’t mutter a single word, Black Bolt is indeed a unique MCU character and one who may carry more power than we actually know. Also there is some mystery built up about a shared past between the powerless Maximus and hair-wielding beauty Medusa which I am sure will develop over the series.

We know that this show is still part of the MCU, even though many will think it is just merely cast aside from what could have been a fantastic movie. As for a start to a TV show, there is good and bad points. While the premiere episodes leave something missing, they do bring some great set pieces and make a push on the storytelling front to some success. Without giving too much away, you will almost want to be on Maximus’s side when you see what finally pushes him to take over.

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Special effects aren’t greatly used in these episodes, they weren’t really vital for what we have seen so far. The costumes are in some ways faithful to the book (Black Bolt looks cool and some of the concepts on the female cast members work well), in other ways they look tacky and cheap. Marvel TV needs to take tips from the Netflix costume department and throw in some threads that pop on screen. Make up isn’t a massive issue, though I would expect more people to look less human than what we see on screen. Anyone wondering about Medusa’s hair, I will just say that it does get its uses. The writing isn’t too strong for cast members outside the central trio, but efforts are made on the rest of the Inhumans and I hope they get more exciting material later in the series.

Then, as it should be obvious, we have our cast. First off, Anson Mount is superb as the king of Attilan, pulling so many emotions and saying an array of words without saying a thing. Serinda Swan is sexy and dangerous as Medusa, pulling no punches with that snake-like hair. Iwan Rheon has proved he can be Number 1 bastard before when he played Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones, where he is a whole different beast who honestly thinks he is doing the right thing. Some of the cast do get seemingly short changed with little to do, and I only hope that changes as the show goes on. One last cast mention is Ken Leung as Karnak. Karnak may not be front and centre like the other three mentioned, but he does get some great lines and provides a few decent laughs.

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Finally, I liked these two episodes. The 75 minutes in the IMAX screen does swiftly pass by, making me wonder if £15 of my hard-earned cash was worth the investment into the Inhuman Royal Family. There are problems in the writing, the costumes and with some of the characters. But, as I said, I hope this changes along the way. Inhumans is a property that could get a good few years of life and finally bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe together to blur the TV and Film realms. I would say if you are an MCU fanatic, IMAX may be worth it for seeing the opening two-parter. Don’t expect anything too spectacular on the big screen, save it for TV if you are more curious than dedicated.

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Lockjaw is quite cool and I am sure a toy of him is currently in development!

You can see Inhumans from Friday 29th September on ABC in the United States and in the UK later in 2017 with a broadcaster yet to be confirmed.

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Rick and Morty – Season 3 Episode 6 REVIEW!

‘Rest and Ricklaxation’

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Maybe avoid the alien spa in the future!

Imagine there was a place where you could get rid of all the toxic thoughts, ideas and feelings of yourself and shove it somewhere else. Well, this is what happens. After Rick and Morty narrowly avoid death on their latest 20 minute six day adventure, Rick insists that he and his grandson go for some much needed rest.

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For the majority of the episode, we have the “healthy” version of the characters and the “toxic” versions as they realise that they work best when together. Rick clearly needs the darker side to help keep him competent, but Morty tries to carry on without having his darker side. Without his fears, doubts and insecurities, we get a Morty who is clearly confident and almost uncaring of those who react to him.

When we find out that the “toxic” versions of the characters are wanting to destroy their counterparts, the best sequences then come to life. With the usual stab at religion being played in a throwaway gag and the all-out fight between the two versions of the characters definitely make this episode fun and funny.

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It is an episode which strips back on the recurring arcs, the divorce of Beth and Jerry and even other supporting characters as we get right into the minds of our main duo. We learn a lot more about these two in this 22 minutes than we did in the last season. After 27 episodes, I didn’t realise there was still so much to learn. Speaking of learn, what does this episode mean for the show and for it to continue?

We know Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are not afraid of tackling matters which comedy might usually be absent from, even showing that being “healthy” doesn’t necessarily mean good. Also, is it right to say that Rick was actually less of a dick than usual? We see him actually trying to do the right thing and its Morty who actually puts himself on a course to something horrifying by trying to kill part of himself. Plus, could you imagine The Wolf Of Wall Street with Morty instead of Leonardo DiCaprio? It should be done!

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Anyone familiar with theories on this show may be aware that people think Rick and Morty are THE SAME PERSON! I still don’t believe this to be true, but Morty is beginning to show a dark side to himself, something that actually scares his grandfather. But if one thing is for certain, the young Smith will continue to fight for the affections of Jessica (and it means he no longer needs to remember the safe word “Sea Cucumber”).

Passing the half-way point, the show continues to produce some eye-opening ideas and the development of our two main characters has been great so far. My only wish is that we get more Beth, Summer and JERRY! But, I think this may be the best episode so far, between this and ‘Pickle Rick’.

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Episode 7 is coming a bit later on 10th September on Adult Swim.

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Rick and Morty: Season 3 Episode 5

‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’

With this episode, we have finally reached the half-way point of Season Three! Taking a much different route than previous episodes, we get to see Rick spending some time with son-in-law Jerry, but why?

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Well, Rick goes to give Jerry a good day to help him get over his divorce with Beth…because Morty asked him. You don’t think he would honestly grow a conscience and help on his own accord? Never! Jerry has been absent for a few weeks, and he still wants to look at getting rid of his father-in-law to try and get his family back. While on a world that can make people invincible, an opportunity comes to finally kill the scientist.

Meanwhile, Summer is upset when she sees ex-boyfriend Ethan with another girl and puts it down to be the fact she has bigger boobs than her! While using a device to enlarge them, she ends up turning herself into a giant. Beth is determined to help her daughter get back to normal, and actually makes things worse. Morty tries to do what’s best and is constantly knocked back by Beth as she at first makes summer really tall and then turns her inside out. Also, the three beings who could help are accidently released by herself!

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So it looks like Rick’s enemy list continues as we have another alien hell-bent on killing him, and on a planet where the only place you are vulnerable is on the rollercoaster known as the “Whirly Dirly”. Then on earth, we have Morty and Beth hunting down the giant Summer as she goes on her rampage.

Same as usual, there are plenty of influences that come into play. Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman with an Attack on Titan reference is well noted here, and this feels like a Rick and Morty episode from Season 1 or 2 where the whole family is involved. Plus the trippy sequence with Rick, Jerry and the alien is well made and too funky for words.

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As usual, it is difficult to not give away too much of the episode. There is a lot of development in this edition, to see the friction that the family has gone through is hard to ignore. Whether or not the Smith family reunite, we have seen a huge step forward for the characters and we may see Jerry do something heroic later in the series (remember, we have Phoenix Person in the background).

I would usually try and specify one character who I thought stood out more than the rest, but all 5 main characters are given a great role to play in the episode. We get themes of insecurity, revenge and pity which I am sure we normally only see one on a usual basis. All the characters can be seen exhibiting these themes in the runtime and they pull it off so well. Spencer Grammer, please push for a Summer Spin-Off!

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With all the action, upsets and deaths in the last few weeks, Rick and Morty need a vacation! How will ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ help the animated duo take a break from their usual adventures?

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick And Morty – Season 3 Episode 4 REVIEW

‘Vindicators 3: The Return Of Worldender’

*Mild Spoilers Ahead*

What happens when one of the most popular animated shows takes inspiration from two of the best-known superhero teams in comic history, you get a mad episode filled with all the jabs at the genre and the films that have flooded our screens over the last few years. Morty gets to lead an adventure of his choice in a nice call-back to the ‘Meeseeks and Destroy’ episode where he can decide where he and Rick will go, and it is to join the superhero group The Vindicators!

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Being an Avengers-style team-up, complete with their logo upside-down to make it a V, a team of different super-powered beings come together to fight the evil Worldender! Rick wants very much nothing to do with the battle and makes it clear by getting incredibly drunk and ******** all over the place, something that stops hero Noob Noob from going for the fight. So Rick and Morty are going to be helping The Vindicators, but who exactly is on the team?

First off, we have Vance Maximus Renegade Star Soldier who fulfils the Tony Stark aspect of the group (and voiced brilliantly by Christian Slater). We also have Alan Rails, a man who can summon ghost trains and is in no way similar to Green Lantern. Crocubot is a half-crocodile half-robot being, obviously! Then there is Million Ants who is similar to Swamp-Thing and Vision in a funky way, and who could possibly forget Supernova? She is definitely someone you don’t want to mess with.

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While there is a great build up to the introduction of this episode’s titular villain, it is the twist that comes afterwards that where the story is thrown a huge spanner! The show is well at blending genres and pop culture to create some unique works, and mixing The Avengers with the Saw film franchise is no exception. Without giving too much away, just think of that combination I just told you!

As the episode goes on, the twists and turns are just on key at every opportunity. Rick and Morty are genuinely fighting for survival against possibly the greatest enemy they have ever had to face, just don’t expect this to be what you will see from Thanos in Infinity War next year. While some guests may fight for their screen time, every character seems to get enough to do and all manage to incorporate themselves perfectly in this team, just like The Avengers or Justice League.

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Overall, I think this episode is yet another great addition. There is a real focus on the Rick and Morty dynamic this week which I always am happy with, though it does sideline Beth and Summer to a minimal role. The episode, though not developing the main arc, is a fun break to what we have been involved in.

The guest cast are seeded nicely into their parts, with Gillian Jacobs, Lance Reddick and Christian Slater getting some great work to get their teeth into. I can only imagine how Justin Roiland felt having these scenes with just his two title characters conversing, something we haven’t seen too much of in this series so far. While not as captivating as ‘Pickle Rick’ we do only need to follow one plot-thread this week, though I feel we do miss Summer quite a lot.

As for next week, are you ready for Rick and Jerry to do some bonding? Well, once Jerry finds his pants!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick And Morty – Season 3 Episode 3 REVIEW

‘Pickle Rick’

Mild Spoilers

Possibly the simplest concept for the show, ‘Pickle Rick’ is the greatest episode of Season Three so far. Before I saw this, I did wonder, why the hell would Rick Sanchez make himself into a food substance? The reason is actually integral to the story and goes to show that minimal spectacle can produce maximum entertainment. The first five minutes alone focuses on our main character as he adapts to his predicament as a vegetable before ending up in a…well, you get the idea!

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What about The Smith family? This week we don’t get to see Jerry, but we do have Morty, Summer and Beth going to therapy to talk about the problems that the kids are having. This divorce is getting more life than I could have imagined, but at least there is no poop being eaten (a speciality of Dr. Wong apparently).

The main theme for this instalment comes from the title, Rick goes on an unbelievable adventure where he fights rats in a sewer and takes on a shady organisation. There are plenty of moments which are reminiscent of Die Hard, Predator and other 80’s action films, providing some humorous sequences and imaginative deaths.

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The best moments come from Justin Roiland as he voices our favourite eccentric scientist when he takes on the vermin under the streets, the criminals led by a Hans Gruber-type and Danny Trejo as the dangerous Jaguar. I really hope Jaguar will appear again in the future, he could be a great ally. Also, the final moments when Sanchez and The Smiths are all brought together is a nice moment, where we do see Sarah Chalke really showing some emotion as Beth is desperate for her family unit to be closer.

We are only 3 episodes in, but Season Three could be the best by far if we continue on this trajectory. We do get a few nods to the earlier episodes again and the jokes do come out thick and fast throughout its runtime. The show does make use of some great set pieces and more quaint scenes which shows Rick and Morty is not afraid to evolve.

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Next week, we get Vindicators 3: The Return Of Worldender (I have a feeling this will be made to look like a third part of a trilogy). Let’s keep this journey going!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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