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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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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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Rick And Morty Is Officially Back…July 30th!

After all the waiting, Rick and Morty will make its return in just a matter of weeks. We will soon see Rick, Morty, Summer and the rest of the gang back on our screens for more fantastic adventures! There has been a few details given out coming up towards its return, so let’s see what we are getting!

THE TRAILER

First, we have our real first look at the season ahead. Using Dizzee Rascal’s hit ‘Bonkers’, it perfectly sums up the “darkest year” of Rick and Morty…

EPISODE COUNT

10 episodes will air for Season Three. Though this is the same as the last season, this is short on the 14 that was commissioned back in 2015. Though they may form part of a potential Season Four and hopefully not make it such a great stretch to wait for episodes after this year!

WHEN CAN YOU WATCH?

Sunday 30th July on Adult Swim in the US is the first place to watch, hopefully dates for other places (including the UK) will be announced very soon.

THE FUTURE

The word is that Harmon and Roiland want to focus on this season first and get it out before Season Four is even touched, but I hope that we have got a few episodes in the can already and then Season Four will be out in 2018. This show is just so popular and I know I am impatient and want to keep seeing this show, but I am happy to wait as long as the quality stays high!

Rick and Morty returns for Season Three on Sunday 30th July 2017 on Adult Swim in the US. FOX in the UK, you better not leave this too long!

PICKLE RICK!!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick and Morty – Season 3 Episode 1 review

“The Rickshank Redemption”

Well, I got a few emails saying about why wasn’t Rick and Morty on my list of shows to see in 2017. To be honest, there was not even an agreed upon date for its release, but I was not expecting this. April Fools Day and we get the premiere episode of Season Three. There was a little teaser video online showing Rick as he was held in intergalactic prison, but then we got the whole first episode. All I can say is, it’s about damn time!

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Picking up where Season Two left off, Rick finds himself being probed by the intergalactic prison as they look to extract information from him. They want to learn about how Rick created his portal gun, so Rick and one of the operatives (voiced by Nathan Fillion, who is great in this episode) explore Rick’s memories and finds a younger Rick with his wife Diane and daughter Beth. Meanwhile, with earth being governed now by the federation, the Smith family get used to life without Rick since he turned himself in. Summer wants to save Rick, but Morty is still angry with Rick and their parents are in different places. Jerry actually keeps getting promoted in his new job and is happy with how the world is, but that feeling isn’t clearly shared.

With Rick attempting to get himself out of prison, his grandkids are then on their own mission to rescue Rick once they grab one of his portal guns. We also get many call backs to many of the big moments of Season One and Two (not to give too much away, but the “Rick Potion #9” episode is given a good call back). The action in the episode is fantastic, and the joke about a McDonalds sauce shouldn’t be so damn funny, but it really was. Then we get that ending that reminds me so much of the ending of the first episode, almost a trope now for the show. Then we get that post-credit scene and…WHAT THE F**K!? Rick and Morty can go to some weird and wonderful places, but I did not expect that! This season is going to be intense!

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Ok, I woke up and watched Rick and Morty at 4am here in the UK! But, it was worth it. I love this show and it never ceases to amaze me. We got another 13 episodes coming which has been promised for this summer. Rick and Morty is finally back, it has been 18 months since the last episode was aired and it was worth the wait. I think this episode avoided putting in too many jokes, but it was still funny and exciting. As mentioned, Nathan Fillion makes a great cameo and Justin Roiland is great as usual voicing multiple Rick’s and Morty’s in the episode. But the best performance is Spencer Grammer as Summer was truly the star of this episode and has shown her development over the series to become a clever young woman.

Bring on the rest of season three!

Final rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The episode may still be available for a short while before it comes to TV later this year, so do watch it if you can!

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The Walking Dead – The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be. “Welcome to a brand new beginning you sorry shits.”

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Season 7, Episode 1.

After more than six months of waiting, speculating and just downright agony from fans around the world, The Walking Dead finally made its return to TV. What we got was possibly one of the most shocking, goriest and most upsetting episode’s I have ever seen…and it was fantastic. I have seen a number of reviews which have been negative or moaned about it being “too gory” or “too bloody”, I will just ask them “What The F**k Do You Expect From The Show”?

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The episode begins following the aftermath of that horrific death (deaths, we will get to that). The sequence and many moments of the show play out just like it did in the comics, which really added to my delight. When you see the episode flashback to that moment, we finally learn the person who was to take the beating from Negan and “Lucille”. Poor Abraham was to be the casualty of the survivors battle with Negan. “Suck My Nuts” was the final legendary words of Michael Cudlitz, who finally bows out of the show after nearly three years as the former soldier. It was a shock death, but one I think many people had been expecting. But…did anyone expect THAT second death?! We saw probably the biggest moment from the comics, Glenn took a sudden beating from Negan’s bat in a rather unexpected move (though highly predicted, including myself who saw Glenn as the most viable candidate). It was horribly upsetting to see the beaten Glenn, head caved in and eye popping out, as he tries to say one last thing to his wife Maggie before his head is smashed to pieces. Then Lauren Cohan’s Maggie breaking down over the body of Glenn (my god, how much could you be upset at this show?)

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Yes, the deaths are the biggest talking point of the episode, but there was a lot more going on in this episode, though still based around Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays Negan perfectly, he is chilling and intimidating throughout. You know this is someone you don’t want to mess with. Negan is the greatest threat the group has ever faced. He has countless people at his disposal to deal with any problems, truly making Rick’s group powerless for the first time ever. Negan is serious, he wanted to make Rick look and feel weak, and succeeds in making the former lawman crumble. Also, the shots of Rick in his daydreams are captivating throughout. There is that scene of the group having dinner in an ideal future and also seeing each of the line-up taking a whack from Lucille too. Then there is the time Negan has Rick under his mercy with the fate of Carl! That scene alone was just shocking enough for one episode, and after all the deaths too!

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I loved this episode throughout, and ok this does not sound right for what happened. This episode though, had everything that I wanted to see there. Andrew Lincoln clearly does his strongest portrayal of Rick to date in this episode, and it was a great ending for Abraham and Glenn. Steven Yeun gives one last portrayal of Glenn his all and gives the most heartbreaking moment from the comics the life we wished it wouldn’t have…but somehow wanted it to come true. Overall, it is Jeffrey Dean Morgan who steals the show in this massive game-changer. Headwriter Scott M. Gimple gives his best script for a long time for this episode and I can’t wait to see more from the new equilibrium…and next week we get to meet Ezekiel and a freaking Tiger!! Also Daryl survived, but did kinda cause the death of Glenn. So, how do we rate this?

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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The Walking Dead – Season Seven. What We Know!

So, there was a little clip unveiled a few hours ago which gives us I assume our first moments of the opening episode of the new series! In this, we see Rick has survived Negan (was rather obvious, wasn’t it?) and he is truly pissed with the baseball bat wielding madman! But, what do we know heading into this new series? Here are some points from the clip and a bit about the trailers we have seen.

 

  1. Rick is alive

As mentioned, it was no surprise to see Rick was still among the living. He is seen visibly shaken and angry with Negan. THe show, like the comic, needs its leading man. To see Rick front and centre in this clip is indeed a delight and gives us more insight into who died…

2. Negan is serious

After the actions of Negan and his friend “Lucille”, he then drags Rick away for a chat (or something along them lines). Negan has lost a lot of men who tried to kill Rick’s group, and the death that has been inflicted on their side has made a massive impact on the gang already.

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3. Hilltop to the rescue?

Even though we have only seen them in clips, the hilltop group will become a major force in the new season. Being a group of survivors who fear Negan, they shall soon join with Rick’s group to help take down the man who has caused all this trouble. But will the Hilltop help save the gang from their current sticky situation?

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4. Who else is safe?

Apart from Rick, nearly everyone else is in line for the bat! Carol and Morgan however miss the action this time, but will begin their connection with the hilltop where they meet their leader Ezekiel! But is it safe to say Carl is still alive? How about Daryl?!?! (Will people really riot if Daryl is given the chop?)

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5. Where are the answers?

The Walking Dead season seven begins on Sunday 23rd October on AMC in the US and Monday 24th October on FOX in the UK.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Walking Dead – Conquer. “Something’s gonna happen. Just don’t *make* something happen.”

The season finale which none of us wanted to see, as we now have to wait till October all over again…

Michonne’s words are felt throughout this extended finale, though this may not be as riveting as the Season Four ending ‘A’, it is safe to say ‘Conquer’ keeps to its title and in the end once again have us gripped. With Lennie James finally getting a full return as Morgan, we get to really see him become part of the cast now. At the start of the episode, Morgan is seen about to eat when he ambushed by a man with a W on his head, same as the walkers. It turns out he is part of a group known as the “Wolves” and two of them attempt to kill Morgan, but he fights them off and escapes. Later, we see Morgan as he comes to the rescue of Daryl and Aaron while they are on a scouting mission. When Daryl looks at a map that Morgan holds, he realises that this man is looking for his friend/leader. But, Rick has got plenty more to contend with before he is reunited with Morgan Jones, the man who helped Rick Grimes back in the pilot episode.

Back in Alexandria, Rick Grimes is recovering after his fight with Pete. Pete was publicly outed for beating his family; Rick is chastised for both having a gun and pointing it at the citizens of the safe zone. A meeting is announced, to decide on what will happen with Rick in their community. Deanna addresses what was said by Father Gabriel about how dangerous Rick’s group is. After all the members of his group state how important Rick is, Deanna continues to make mention to Rick’s absence from said meeting. This is because, as he went to the meeting, Rick finds that the front gate is left open after Father Gabriel had gone out and walkers have since swept in and Rick single-handedly takes them out. While this happens, Glenn goes to see what Nicholas is doing as he sneaks out of Alexandria. Nicholas shoots Glenn and leaves him for walkers, and is assumed dead till Glenn catches up to him and holds a gun to his head. Nicholas pleads for his life, and Glenn lets him live. But, death isn’t too far away.

Back in Alexandria, Rick brings to the meeting one of the walkers he has killed and proclaims how this will keep happening unless they change. The walkers came in from Father Gabriel, who is almost killed by Sasha as Gabriel blames her for the death of Bob and Tyrese because of her “sins”. What will happen to Gabriel when the rest of Alexandria face him? Rick is confronted by Pete at the meeting, he is brandishing Michonne’s sword and looks to kill Rick. Deanna’s husband Reg goes to calm him down, but ends up with his throat slashed. A distraught Deanna then gets Rick to execute him, and this happens as Morgan bears witness to the death of Pete. What will Morgan think of Rick’s actions? Finally we see the “wolves” are not too far away, and look like they will be causing more trouble in the near future. But what is their plan? Does this lead to the possible introduction of Negan and the saviors? We have so many questions. Also, who else enjoyed the scenes where Carol shows her strengths and influence over both friend and enemy alike? Also, Abraham and Eugene forgiving each other for what happened when Eugene’s ruse was exposed and Abraham almost killed him.

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The finale is the time we get to see where everyone is. Though many characters are given little time, we do see a lot to praise in this for the acting. Tovah Feldshuh is finally getting a chance to let Deanna evolve and the character is given a lot to play with as her husband is killed and her perception on life in Alexandria is destroyed. Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes is definitely not the same man we met five years ago and it looks like his evolution may not be over yet. Melissa McBride gets to really flex herself in this episode and we see Carol is not a pushover at all, in fact she may later rival Rick. Also, how much praise can I give to Lennie James? He came in and made a damn good impression. Morgan has been a favourite for a long time and the opportunity to see him become a full time member is exciting and opens many new areas. With so many characters still alive at the finale, a new equilibrium being established and so many questions still to be answered, who knows where Season Six will take us. I think the finale started off rather slow and a tad sloppy, but after the 15 minute mark the action ramps up and we get a great conclusion to the sixty-seventh episode of the hit show. Scott M. Gimple may not have won fans over at first when he took the showrunner role, but since the show left the prison, it has just kept getting better. We have Rick and Morgan who need to get reacquainted which will certainly be TV gold and remember “WOLVES NOT FAR”!

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove