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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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Doctor Who – Empress Of Mars “There’s No Setting For Wood! Why Is There Still No Setting For Wood?”

*Mild Spoilers*

I will be honest, I still like the jokes about the Sonic Screwdriver being useless when it comes to wood. But I am here to assure you that there is more to this episode than just a wood joke, there is a lot to take from this episode and one time where the one-off characters can actually be really engaging.

Breaking into NASA, the TARDIS crew discover a message written on the surface of Mars. So The Doctor, who doesn’t miss a thing, heads to Mars with Bill and Nardole to when the message was first written (1881, sounds like a good year), but who made it? We find early on an Ice Warrior and a group of British Soliders from Victorian England, but they seem to get along. Finding this suspicious, The Doctor begins to work out why the soldiers have been brought to the red planet.

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I will be honest (again), there isn’t really many surprises in this episode. We knew that the Ice Warriors were gonna end up killing the humans and that Missy was going to be let out of her prison, but I still enjoyed the episode. A highlight was seeing the development of Colonel Godsacre who throughout the episode we see that he is a vulnerable man who has come close to death and in the end saves the day and has a new purpose. Anthony Calf actually made his acting debut in Doctor Who in 1982, so this does make his impressive performance more enjoyable because of this fact.

There are a few nice nods to the past, and it doesn’t end with Anthony Calf. We also get Alpha Centauri who was again voiced by Ysanne Churchman for the first time in over 40 years, and yet the character sounds exactly the same. Then we get Missy, who I still don’t believe is actually going to turn good. There will be something wicked coming this way soon, and it stinks of the Time Lord.

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I should say that this week there was little of Matt Lucas again and Pearl Mackie didn’t get nearly enough to do (but her scenes with Iraxxa were fantastic) and Capaldi yet again wins the show by doing all he can to prevent war. Peter is just a few episodes away from finishing his tenure and you can feel that something big is building up for his finale.

Mark Gatiss has written some great scripts over time for Doctor Who, and this one is definitely decent enough, but there just isn’t enough substance to make this a great winner. The acting is nice and the classic callbacks are welcome, but please make sure that: A) Matt Lucas gets more to do B) Make it a bit clearer what is happening with Missy and C) give us some more engagement in the story. Like I said, I like this episode, but it could have had so much more!

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next Week (or today as I spent so long getting this review out): We dine with The Eaters Of Light!

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