‘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!
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.
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.
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