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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 Three Episode Two REVIEW!

‘Rickmancing The Stone’

*Some Mild Spoilers Ahead*

After nearly two years, Rick and Morty is officially back on our TV screens (except for Netflix which seems to be making UK fans really struggle by making us wait 6 more days for the episode). After ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ brought back the show with an explosive opener, ‘Rickmancing The Stone’ is the first episode to play with the newly altered equilibrium and get into a fun and crazy story.

With a start that shows Jerry about to leave the Smith household, Summer can’t wait to get away from her dad and Morty is still confused over what to do with his parent’s divorce. Jerry is called a “loser” in the wind (which I am sure we have all called him). Rick, who clearly enjoys having Jerry away from the family, is happy to get back into his adventures with his grandchildren.

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The episode takes us to a world that is clearly based on Mad Max (and looks bloody awesome to be fair). It is here that Rick finds himself looking to take some great power from the people, and uses Morty (who looks a bit like Rafael Nadal) to challenge anyone who gets in his way. While Morty is left to vent some of his frustrations about his parents, Summer sees this world as a way for her to escape the problems of home life (and find love with a guy wearing a bucket). But what about Beth, who is stuck at home?

Well, turns out that Rick has kept Morty and Summer away from home for a bit too long this time, but has a great idea to help cover for them and it even convinces Beth that they are home. I don’t want to give too much away, but some of the greatest comedy comes from the scenes back at the house instead of the Mad Max world. There’s a few moments which do drag in the first half of the episode, but the scenes going back and forth between dimensions is where the real laughs develop.

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I could make about another 5 pages of notes on this episode, because this is a great episode and it brings back the style that we got used to in season one. Taking place in another world with two stories that are loosely linked. Justin Roiland as usual can entertain us a lot with the back and forth of the two main characters, Spencer Grammer is definitely getting to make Summer a much better character than how she started. Since the middle of Season One, Summer has grown to be a fantastic part of this show and I enjoy every moment she is present.

Overall, this episode is great. The world following the “boom-boom” is one that is visually wonderful and brings some unexpected jokes from the people in that place. The writing is on fine point and proves that the quality stays high even after all this time. I am sure a repeated viewing will make this episode look better, but for now I am looking forward to next week with ‘Pickle Rick’ (can’t believe that is the name of the episode!)

Final rating: 8.5/10

Written By Jonjo Cosgrove

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