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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 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 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 – 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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