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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 – 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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