“Continuum” Season 4 Retrospect – Good but not Great Series End

continuum Season 4

      “Continuum” is a great series, sadly the final season is only good and brings down the overall arc and messages in the process. What were the reasons it didn’t quite work in the end and why I would rate “Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Trek: Deep Space 9” as better shows in how they finally brought things to a close? I’ll get into that further down, one thing though is that “Continuum” Season 4 only had 6 episodes to tell it’s story, so ironically a show about Time Travel had time working against it.

    This will be a spoiler review as it’s hard to write about his season without mentioning past events in regards to characters and past seasons. I will say right now that this show is worth checking out, even if the ending is merely good and not great. It is one of the few shows that handles Time Travel and Politics in a serious manner and fully explores ideologies and methods. I do plan on reviewing the series as a whole later on and individually by episode since it is just that good quality of show and some of the ideas deserve more than a paragraph of exploration.

     The series picks up where we left off with Future Marines coming through a Portal and Kiera, Liber8, Alec, Carlos and the Police and Kellog dealing with the fallout as new factions arise and choices are made as things are finally coming to a head on what future will be created.

The Pros: The Premise – The premise this season is that a bunch of factions are vying for a final future…and that is pretty cool. You have Future Kellog and his Future Marines who wants to rule our present where resources are ripe and he can get a liver transplant from his past self, you have Liber8 who wants to stop the Corporate Congress from forming, you have the Police who want to use the tech. to remove crime, you have Kellog who wants to rule, the Traveler who wants to stop the chaos in time and Kiera and Alec who want stop the other factions and get Kiera home now that Alec no longer wants to be the Corporate dictator.

Liber8 – The members of this faction of future terrorists trying to prevent the Corporate Congress never stop being interesting or fascinating and the survivors from last season being Garza, Lucas and Travis continue to be some of the best characters on the show.

Lucas – Omari Newton does a wonderful job as the nerd who leaves Liber8 to really become a non-violent fighter working with Alec to find the best way to a future as he sees Liber8’s violent tactics just bringing about the Corporate Congress faster. In the end he is killed by Brad when he goes to rescue Garza and Kiera from the Future Marines. I always liked this guy.

Travis – Travis is the violent leader of Liber8 but in the end finds something more to live for beyond fighting against the Police Force when he takes out the Future Marine’s leader from Bard’s dark timeline where Kellog is a Warlord. It’s a great scene that somewhat gives him redemption but more shows that he will do anything to protect his own. He’s the ideologue and has been in all of the timelines the show has done but in the end shows he was always more complicated and would fight, even for those he may consider an enemy. Roger Cross was fantastic!

Garza – Garza survives! She is working with Kiera at multiple points to help bring down the Future Marines and in the end she is in the final battle against them to keep them from conquering our Time. What happens to her after is an unknown though, we just know she stayed in the present and didn’t travel to the future like Kiera. Luvia Peterson did a wonderful job.

Future Kellog – Future Kellog is pretty cool. He’s this dark Warlord willing to risk everything to provide a new home for his faction as his world is dying. To this end he will trap his past self and use him in order to save the self from the future even going so far as to have his daughter keep tabs on her dad to make sure he doesn’t mess things up. Sadly, his present self messes things up.

Kiera’s Faction – Kiera’s faction doesn’t always get along but the members of her faction still manage to remain interesting, unlike the Future Marines who just felt like tropes and not fully realized characters (including Brad as his character development was just abandoned).

The Police Department – This faction worked against Kiera on a few different occasions but eventually comes to her aid in the final battle against the Future Marines. She’s also on and off worked for them throughout the course of the series.

Carlos – Carlos is in charge of the Police Department and is working against Kiera for part of it because of all the secrets her and Alec are keeping but he eventually comes around and works with them to stop Kellog and the Future Marines. He has a great moment with Kiera too where we see how much he’ll miss her with her returning back to her own time. Victor Webster did a good job and his character really did grow on me over the course of the series.

Inspector Jack Dillon – This guy was in charge of the Police but after an attack that nearly killed him went to work for Kellog. He is the man lost and looking for purpose and it is the events of this season and Kiera being honest about the Time Travel factions in play that help him come around and stand with them in the final fight.

Alec Sadler – Alec is a great character and in this we see him try to run away with the woman he rescues from Kellog and leaves him when she learns from Alec’s son that she isn’t the mother…leading Alec to go full solo and join the Police Department in order to work more closely with Kiera with finding a way to get her home as he is no longer the one bent on domination (that version of himself was killed). In the end he greets Kiera in the good future as he worked with others at the end to bring about the peaceful future. William Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man from “X-Files”) and Erik Knudsen did a great job being one of the more compelling characters in the series.

Okay/Pro: Kiera Cameron – Kiera’s arc kind of takes a  step back and we get the Kiera from Season 1 and 2 who just wanted to go home and not work for creating a better future in the present. This was sad as we see the Kiera who has grown in her relationship with members of Liber8, Brad and the Police Force showing that she knows politics and factions are complicated but her resolve to live at the end of last season was just thrown under the rug and forgotten to give us a Savior Story where she helps create paradise by going into the future while her friends create that future in our present and in the end she can’t be with her son as another Kiera was created in the timeline of that good future…and it ends.

Okay: The Traveler and Curtis Chen – These were the guys trying to prevent the dark future as the Traveler brought Curtis back to life so he left Liber8 and worked with the Traveler to put things in play for the ending we got. Neither was explored all that well and the Traveler just felt like a plot device. He was created from a future that doesn’t exist and he can bring people back from the dead? What? At least this faction wasn’t a con unlike Kellog and the Space Marines…

The Ending – Kiera creates a good future by traveling into the future but she can’t be with her son as another Kiera already exists. This is the bittersweet (besides all the lives lost in the fight this and past season). This was good but not great, I didn’t buy an idyllic future as even “Star Trek” wasn’t paradise.

The Cons: The Space Marines – The Space Marines are all macho idiots who are in the end bent on conquest. They have no depth to them and all chances of development feel contrived. They want to bring people through to conquer…the world is more than Canada, they’d be screwed…there plan just wasn’t thought out all that well, especially since Kellog ends up hitting on and killing his daughter. Smart move guys, smart move. Worst faction.

Brad – Brad’s character development gets tossed out the door as the Space Marines are meant to be from his timeline. I hated this as his relationship with them felt so stilted and their anger at everything didn’t make any sense given that they did have relationships they were trying to rescue by creating a new Time Travel Portal. Brad of course turns against them in the end when he learns that this isn’t saving refugees, this is conquest.

Kellog – I wanted to like Kellog but he was never given any depth. Gaius Baltar became a complex character over the course of “Battlestar Galactica,” Kellog did not. He was always the manipulator and selfish hedonist. This was sad given that there was so much they could have done with him rather than making him a card board cutout villain. He was the biggest wasted potential besides the ending and Space Marines.

   This is a show worth checking out though this is the weakest season in the series. So much potential was wasted with Brad, Kellog, the Traveler and exploring different pasts and how they lead to character choices. This season was primarily focused on action and suffered for it as the Future Marines just weren’t compelling and cheapened or destroyed a lot of the character relationships that had been established prior, just as making Kiera’s focus going home again did too…last season she had demonstrated moving past that and living, all that was done away with to tie things up.

Final Score: 8 / 10. Good but not great.

Rick and Morty – Season 2, Episode 4 – “Total Rickall” – Bad Memories and Imagination


      “Total Rickall” is a good but not great episode. In this we see just how dysfunctional the Smith family is and it actually ends up being an advantage in regards to saving the world for the most part it. We also get another “Mr. Meeseeks” type character who is a lot of fun.

     The episode involves parasites sneaking in on one of the adventures and the Smith family dealing with the threat as the parasites grow by creating happy memories of themselves in the minds of the hosts as they try to get Rick to open the doors so they can go out and conquer the world.

The Pros: Mr. Poopybutthole – Is the nice family friend who no one remembers but has been on countless adventures with the family. Because there are no negative memories with him (the parasites create positive memories) leads to Beth shooting him. He survives but he leaves the family after that.

The Smith Family – The Smith family dysfunction saves them from the parasites as they only have negative memories of one another for the most part. It’s nice subversion of the friendship trope as it is the negative aspects that save them in the end.

Beth and Jerry – Sleepy Gary is both of their lover and they care about him to the degree that their relationship is healthier showing they should have never gotten married in the first place. After Sleepy Gary is killed it takes them time to get through the first happy relationship either of them really had romantically.

Rick and Morty – Rick and Morty get overwhelmed by all the parasites and things come to a head when Rick has a Morty holding a gun against his head and he threatens Morty to kill him which leads to Morty realizing that the parasites do not prey of pain they prey off of joy.

The Cons: Lack of Focus – This was an episode that felt chaotic at times and that really brought it down. It was like every imagined character was supposed to be a gag and not all the gags were good so it just went on for a long time.

   This was a good but not great episode. “Auto Erotic Assimilation” was better but this one is still good and I would recommend it, even though the randomness detracts a bit from the story. The Smith family dysfunction is on display and it ends up being what saves them.

Final Score: 8 / 10

Rick and Morty – Season 2, Episode 3 – “Auto Erotic Assimilation” – Self Destructive Rick and Love Hurts


   Love can be hard and in this episode we get one of the best episode ending songs and scenes and also have an awesome alien (Unity) and all of the Sanchez’s get some sort of exploration. It is easily one of my favorite episodes so far.

     The story involves Jerry finding an alien underneath the garage and it leading to he and Beth fighting over Rick’s role in their lives while Rick hooks up with the Hive Mind Entity Unity who was a former lover while Summer and Morty deal with the consequences.

The Pros: Jerry – Jerry’s insecurities are pretty strong in this episode but he stands up for himself leading to some sort of balance established again and the failing marriage.

Beth – Beth defends her father and we learn that she has abandonment issues and in the end agrees with Jerry on Rick though and how Rick does assume too much and doesn’t really respect their space well at all.

Summer – Summer distrusts Unity at first until she sees the original populace and how they were racist, violent and falling apart as a civilization. She calls out Rick for this reason when she realizes Unity is great but Rick is making her unstable and leading to her populace falling into anarchy.

Morty – Morty is there trying to be supportive of both Summer and Rick but comes around to Summer’s point of view fully after the uninfected populace nearly kills himself and Summer.

Unity – Unity is awesome! She created a peaceful, galactic civilization after assimilating one that had once been violent, racist and falling apart. In this we see that she did so after her breakup with Rick and that she loves him after leaving him when she realizes the truth that Rick brings out all her worse tendencies.

Rick – Seeing Rick happy and in love is awesome! It takes a hive mind to stimulate him and we learn in the end he does love Unity even though he tells Jerry at the beginning of the episode love doesn’t exist. It’s sad and after Unity leaves him to take care of herself he nearly kills himself but breaks down crying preventing it. It is one of the saddest scenes on the show easily.

   This was  great episode with the only con being the alien in the basement who Jerry and Beth run into. The rest of the episode is really strong and I really like the character of Unity. It’s nice seeing a benevolent Hive Mind in sci. fi. I highly recommend this episode.

Final Score: 9.5 / 10

The 12th Doctor – Series 9, Episode 4 – “Before the Flood” – A Great Villain, Bootstrap Paradox and Loss

Doctor Who Before the Flood

     “Before the Flood” has a lot of great things going for it, but the ending in regards to our minor characters don’t quite work all the way…at least I didn’t believe the setup and found it contrived…everything else mostly works though making for a great ending to the story and showing us how Clara is changing.

    The episode was directed by Daniel O’Hara and written by Toby Whithouse.


      The story picks up where we left off where Clara is with Clara, Cass and Lunn facing the Doctor’s ghost while the Doctor goes back in time to stop the ghosts and find their source as he soon does in the Alien Warlord known as The Fisher King.

The Pros: The Opening – The opening of this episode is great where the Doctor expains the Bootstrap Paradox as someone who goes back in time, finds the person they loved before doesn’t exist so they create the history of that person before returning to the present which than leaves the question of how did the thing they created(Beethoven as the person missing and Beethoven’s 5th as the created piece as an example)  come about in the first place? He then opens playing Beethoven on his electric guitar before it does the “Doctor Who” theme from it in the style of rock.

The Format – I like that it jumps between 1980 and the small town the Fisher King kills in and the future with the underwater base plagued by the threat of ghosts under the Fisher King’s control.

Clara – Clara is great in this! We see her willingness to use others to solve problems that she can’t solve herself as well as her growing detachment from others and her love of adventure and the rush of it all being the core part of her personality. She’s becoming a lot like the Doctor and the side characters point out how that can end up being bad since she is starting to think in a way that doesn’t consider the lives fully of those around her.

The Doctor – The Doctor is wonderful in this and he isn’t able to save everyone! (those who died are dead and his ghost was just a hologram). We also see that not wanting to lose Clara has become a primary motivation, she’s his only real human connection who somewhat gets him and he is a sadder Doctor than before. We see this when he morns the former UNIT person who the Fisher King killed and the fact that the Ghosts are forever unable to die.

Okay: The Crew – The crew is alright. Cassie got some development when she called out Clara and the UNIT individual gave us backstory, they still weren’t super memorable though, they just weren’t bad.

The Cons: Couples – Apparently every male character liked every female character (and it was who they were trapped with too) leading to a contrive loved lost moment (I never believed that the folks who went with the Doctor had feelings for each other or the ones who stayed with Clara). It was stupid and brought down the story. Losing friends is hard enough, you don’t need to add having a contrived crush or love to it as well.

 This was a really good episode overall and a solid arc, though not a favorite. I thought the last 2 episodes were better even with the Doctor playing a long game. The Fisher King was an awesome villain and I hope we see his people again (his people against the Ice Warriors would be awesome) and the episode taking place in two time periods lead to a greater sense of mystery.

Final Score: 8.4

Final Score for Arc: 8.2 / 10

“The Blacklist” Season 1 Retrospect – A High Stakes Crime Drama With Consequences and Loss


     “The Blacklist” is a show that quite a few friends have recommended to me, and after finishing Season 1 I find that recommendation well worth it. I’m curious to see where future stories go, I felt for the characters we lost…and we got many compelling one-off villains as well as some good overarching game players too.

     Jon Bokencamp created the show in 2013 and he clearly has an idea where things are going as we get a good arc throughout Season 1 and even all the villains of the week are connected in such a way that we get an overall narrative arc which is a difficult thing to pull off in a 22 episode structure. It is for this reason that after I finish this series when it has finally ended I’ll look at doing individual episode reviews.

    The story involved Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) turning himself into the FBI in order to bring down a mysterious organization that is at war with him. He does this through the rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) who he is connected to in some way as he provides her and the Special Task Force with a list of names of the Blacklist.

This review does contain spoilers.

The Pros: The Villains – This is a show with a lot of complicated villains, which is why I’m giving them their own section. These were the villains who stood out the most on the Blacklist who weren’t game changers or players in a larger game.

The Courier – This is a guy who doesn’t feel pain and is introduced wearing a mask. He is the one criminals use since they don’t trust each other as if either goes back on the deal he will kill them both. He is also still human too as he ends up opening up about who hired him and who he works for in order to lessen his brother’s sentence in prison. He also grew up in a family of abuse.

General Ludd – Ludd is an organization that is trying to bring down Capitalism and has a very V for Vendetta feel to them. They succeed in their attacks and it is only at the very end that their leader is finally caught and killed.

Anslo Garrick – Garrick was betrayed by Red and gets revenge by killing Zheng and nearly killing Zuma. He’s ruthless and is only a tool of the larger players but he is a good Dragon as he and the Wild Boys easily take out the Task Force.

The Good Samaritan – This is a killer who targets abusers and kills them the way they abused their spouse or child. He was a complex villain who was at the end of the day a vigilante and his way of dealing with abuse showed how he had become the abuser.

The Judge – The Judge like the Good Samaritan targets corrupt officials who put away innocent people. She is a fascinating character as she does have some semblance of justice and is celebrated by the criminals when she is brought in as she was one of their only advocates. She’s a character I’d like to see again.

Support – The support I’m speaking of is that they are Red’s bodyguards with Zheng in charge of finances while Dembe is the contact and deliver of information. They are both fascinating characters who I wish we had more time with this season.

Luli Zheng – Deborah Craig is awesome as Zheng who is one of Red’s bodyguards and in charge of his finances. We get a lot of small moments with her as she helps Red destroy his past and plan for the future. Sadly Garrick is the one who kills her in the end.

Dembe Zuma – Dembe manages to escape Garrick and is Red’s shadow following leads to unravel Berlin’s organization and bring him out into the light. He is tough and it is great whenever he’s around. Tawfiq does a wonderful job in the role.

The Special Task Force – The Special Task Force involves both the CIA, FBI and Reddington in order to bring down the names on the Blacklist. All the characters are interesting, even the ones who are weak (the closer they are to a main character basically a la Ressler and Keen).

Agent Aram Mojtabai – Aram is the hacker and tech. and is the one who helps them find the members on the Blacklist. He also has a close relationship with Elizabeth and works with her one on one often times behind the Task Force’s back. Amir Arison gives great sensitivity to the role as we see him have to use his training for the first time during Garrick’s assault when he kills his first person. We also see him stand up to Reddington when he is framed and work to catch the real mole in the agency.

Harold Cooper – Cooper leads the Task Force and has to walk a fine line in all he does as the Task Force could be destroyed at any point by the government or all the different forces that want it destroyed. He keeps others at arms length while advocating for the existence of the organization. When the season ends he is in critical condition from Berlin’s attack. Harry Lennix is fantastic!

Agent Donald Ressler – Ressler is one of the weaker agents as he is all about revenge and lives only for the job. He is a stock character but he is still compelling in his own way even though he is the least interesting member on the Task Force. He is saved by Reddington at one point and was the man sent to hunt him down back when the search for Reddington began before Red turned himself in.

Agent Meera Malik  – Parminder Nagra is my favorite member of the Task Force and the CIA representative. She is sadly killed in the finale but before that we see her help take down or take down many members of the blacklist as well as learning about her balancing her role as a mother and how her clear conscience is why Reddington trusts her. She also has a darker side too being CIA she’s tortured and we see her do so on the show.

Elizabeth Keen – Keen is our protagonist who is being used by Berlin’s organization via her fake husband Tom and by Reddington trying to bring Berlin out and protect her and of course the FBI who is her boss. Her arc is finding balance and eventually committing again to the fight and her relationship with Red after she forgives him for putting her adopted father out of his misery. She isn’t bad and is good, but she was never as interesting as Red or Malik to me.

The Manipulators – These are the game changers and manipulators whose names we receive and who we see easily walk over the Task Force at different points this season. Some are connected I think but more on that next season I think.

Diane Fowler – Fowler was the mole and Red ends up killing her even though she knows things about the past that he seeks. She is a smooth operator and the Task Force trusts her even up until the end since she covered her tracks so well.

Alan Fitch – Alan Alda is awesome as Fitch! He is the one who sets the Wild Boys and Garrick on Reddington to make a point that you don’t double cross him and the organization he is a part of. He also has an Alliance with Reddington still though and advocated his organization helping when it looks like Berlin will be on the scenes. Sadly he isn’t able to which means when Berlin comes for him and his organization he won’t have Red’s help.

“Berlin” – Berlin is the one who was using everyone on the Blacklist to his own ends. It is when they are killed that he finally comes out of hiding and reeks havoc on the city and Task Force. He is free at the end having cut off his own hand to escape and letting another be his stand in as he goes underground to plot his revenge against Red. How he knows Red is still a mystery as Red does not know him as far as we know.

Raymond “Red” Reddington – James Spader does an amazing job as Red and is the Moriarty character driving the plot as he prepares for war against Berlin and whomever Berlin maybe working for. In this we see he is a sociopath but also cares deeply about some people, whether they are Dembe, Zheng or Elizabeth and that he will go to any length to avenge those who have wronged him or the people he cares about. He is still a criminal but he is complicated as his hiding information is usually for a reason and he ends up being right about most things. I’m curious to see how he uses the tools at his disposal in the war against Berlin. He is most likely Elizabeth’s dad.

The Reveals – There are quite a few reveals. From Tom being a fake and working for Berlin to Red most likely being Elizabeth’s father as we see burn marks on his back and the one memory Elizabeth has of her father is him pulling her out of the fire. The fact that her adopted father was a criminal connected to Berlin is also another reveal.

The Cons: Fridging  – Both Zheng, Malik and Ressler’s ex were all killed over the course of the show. This very blatant fridging, especially of some of the more compelling characters is a con I can’t ignore, especially since the kills in many cases came out of nowhere from villains of the week. For characters of such importance, they deserved more than that if they had to be killed off.

   I can’t wait to keep on watching and I do plan on reviewing individual episodes in the future. Tom wasn’t on here as he was kind a plot device in my opinion and never felt like a full character. Everyone else on the other hand had great motivations for the things they did which made them compelling to watch as the world of the “The Blacklist” is a grey world where friends can be enemies and vise versa and you never know who is pulling the strings in the end or who will live and die.

Final Score: 9 / 10. Solidly great.

Rick and Morty – Season 2, Episode 2 – “Mortynight Run” – Consequences of Morty’s naivety


   Poor Morty, such good intentions but unaware of the deadly consequences of some of his actions as he doesn’t know galactic politics or how other species view humans or organics. This episode really shows what happens when Rick isn’t around to keep Morty in check (where we usually see the reverse being the case) and it is a lot of fun, though the next episode is better.

     The story is about how Morty saves a gas being that adopts the name “Fart” and the consequences of that as they try and get it home. Jerry was also aboard the space ship as it was when Morty was learning to fly it and he is left at the Jerry Day Care that Rick’s set up for Jerrys in order to keep them safe.

The Pros: The Jerrys – The Jerrys are funny as they choose to stay in the day care and our Jerry does too after the outside world is too confusing and frightening. They are interchangeable too as at the end two get mixed up but the point is made that it doesn’t really matter. All Jerrys are the same in the end.

Blips & Chitz – This is an arcade that is a lot of fun as you have the chance to live a fake life and make choices for your character and the game ends when you die and you are graded on the choices you make. Morty chose to go back to his father’s job while Rick takes his character off the radar. It looked like an amazingly fun arcade.

The Fart – The Fart gives Morty happy trips but in the end wants to destroy organic life as it’s species sees organic life as a virus that needs to be exterminated (whether it sees Morty as an exception is never stated) leading to Morty finally killing it.

Rick – Rick just wants to have a good time and has a lot of fun at the arcade while berating Morty for his stupid decision the rest of the episode. In this we see how aware he is of other aliens most likely being threat if they are under security.

Morty – Morty learns a hard lesson in this that he doesn’t always know the situation of what is going on as the Fart he saves plans on exterminating all organic life once he takes it to the portal back to it’s dimension. This leads to him killing it and realizing just how much he doesn’t know.

The Cons: The Assassin and Rick the Weapons Dealer – Could have been developed more. It was great he loved to kill and seemed like a fun guy but they set him up to be a lot more than a one-off character. Rick being a weapons dealer is not fully explored either, which is a shame as the show usually goes into depth when issues like that are brought up.

This was a good but not great episode as the fact that Rick is a weapons dealer is never fully explored nor the assassin he sells the weapon too (who seemed like an interesting character). The episode would have almost worked better just staying at Blips & Chitz as the story potential behind the different games would have been extensive.

Final Score: 8 / 10

Rick and Morty – Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Rickle in Time” – The Consequence of Freezing Time


    “A Rickle in Time” kicks off Season 2 and actually stands really strong on it’s own. In this we get a glimpse of Rick’s good side as well as giving us the full consequence of what happens when you mess with time. It’s really well done.

    The story involves Rick, Summer and Morty dealing with the consequence of time being frozen as it fractures around them leading to them possibly being erased from reality while Jerry hits a deer facing Beth and Jerry to solve the issue and deal with Beth’s control issues.

The Pros: Fourth Dimensional Beings – These guys are in charge of policing time and it is one of them who gives Summer, Morty and Rick the collars they eventually use to escape back to reality. They have sentient guns and are powerless without the guns as one is beaten by Rick, though they are immortal so even if they are beaten they cannot die.

Summer – Summer deals with not being Rick’s favorite (no one is) and we see that she is as much part of the adventure as Morty now as she is the first to escape the collapse.

Morty – Morty nearly dies in this but Rick risks his life to save him helping Morty realize that deep inside Rick really does care…which further develops his relationship to his grandfather.

Beth – Beth deals with her perfectionist tendencies as she does everything to save the deer Jerry hits. In this we see her learn to let go when the only way to save the deer is to admit she is wrong and not qualified, though she can’t the chance to save the deer in the end and succeeds.

Jerry – Jerry’s cowardice is shown (he says if the police ask Beth should be blamed since his Ice Cream was Rum Raisin) but we see he can be smart as he gets some guys and fakes a Federal law to get the deer away from a hunter and his lawyer. Jerry really comes through as a good guy in the end.

Rick – Rick’s selfishness is on full display (him trying to kill his grandkids and himself) to his selflessness (risking his life to save Morty) showing just how complex he is and the fact that he is growing and does care about Summer and Morty, even if he denies it.

   This is an episode that really kicks off Season 2 on a high note and is well worth checking out. The character moments are awesome and all the family members get some sort of development. The animation is also in top form as is the comedy per usual.

Final Score: 9 / 10