There are very few animated shows that connect with this correspondent as deeply as Rick and Morty does. On the surface it just be seen as a an outrageous spoof on science fiction shows and movies–which it is. After a few minutes in or after a surprising scene, it hits you that this show gets you. Gets the frustration, the fear, the uncertainty, the hope, the anger, all while making zany references.
The show centers around the ridiculous situations that mad scientist Rick (voice by Justin Roiland) and his hapless son Morty (also voiced by Justin Roiland) get into, whether intentionally or not. They are not alone in their adventures. The eldest sister Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer), the father Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) and the mother Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke) are inexplicably tangled in all of the messes too.
It is accurate to say that Rick and Morty is a cult phenomena among fans. The show is beloved and highly respected for its unapologetic stance on issues of society, marriage, family relations, and reality itself. Plus, it is just outright fascinating and entertaining to watch. It is also a family show masquerading as a family show. By the end of season 2, we have begun to see how deeply these family troubles have permeated all of the fabric of their life. It was essentially one of the most sadly beautiful finales I have ever seen from a non-anime animated show. Judging by how much fans are salivating for what happens next, I know I am not the only who is enthralled with this show.
Thanks to the Adult Swim takeover of San Diego Comic Con, the voice cast of Rick and Morty were able to come down and have a whole fan experience. This correspondent was lucky enough to be granted some one on one time with the cast, except Justin Roiland unfortunately since time ran out. The rest of the cast were amazing to get to know. Plus they all talked a lot, so no wonder time just ran out in general. After speaking to cast and co-creator of the show, it was pretty humbling to realize how much effort and energy they placed into this show. What seems mindless on the surface is really a cover for the deep inner struggles that each of the characters go through. The show resonates with many fans who are just struggling to get by.
Here is my spoiler free list of what I love about Rick and Morty:
- one dot
- Keep Summer safe
- Mr. Poopybutthole
- Moon man
If any of that piques your curiosity, catch up on episodes from Adult Swim or Hulu. We are all waiting with bated breath for season 3 of Rick and Morty to begin so enjoy this sneak peak below that was released during San Diego Comic Con. Maybe that will tie you over to the next season. Or make you more anxious.
Until then, get schwifty.