Following the dark theme of last episode, this episode ups it more as Morty’s selfishness and Rick’s recklessness kind of end everything. This episode goes dark all the way and is a really good episode, though not a favorite. I will get into why further down, suffice to say there is so much more they could have done with both Rick and Morty this episode.
The story involves Morty asking Rick to make him a potion that will make Jessica always love him. The potion goes wrong though and spreads to the world and Morty goes to Rick to try and solve the Morty-love Plague he’s unleashed, but Rick’s decisions just make it worse. Elsewhere Jerry faces his insecurities.
The Pros: Jerry’s Arc – Jerry’s arc is him getting confidence as him going to Beth at work in an act of revenge leads to him protecting her from her coworker who has turned into a mantis-man and later he and Beth come to dominate the wasteland full of monsters as their marriage is saved.
Rick’s Awe – Rick turns them into human-praying mantises by accident and later Cronenbergian Body horrors and all the time is fascinated at the new world he has helped create.
The Message – The message is great, consent is key…don’t force anyone to love or like you artificially cause that makes you a dick and an evil person that could bring about the end of the world. Morty understands this too as he is the first to take responsibility for the world becoming the apocalyptic wasteland it is leading to his and Rick’s escape.
The Alternate Universe – Rick and Morty go to a universe where the plague is stopped but where Rick and Morty are dead. The Rick and Morty we are following must bury themselves and the horror in Morty’s eyes as he realizes what his selfishness did is priceless and powerful as he realizes just how chaotic and uncaring the Universe is.
The Cons: The Minor Characters – None of them really get development and are just kind of there, and ties into how unfocused the episode feels at time.
This was a really good episode and shows how dark the show is ready to go for humor and for the development of their characters. I really liked that Rick called Morty out on the love potion being Rufi’s pretty much and that his selfishness sparked all of what happened. Rick is right though Rick’s detachment on solving things never helped either. Also I’m really glad Morty learned or it would be hard to watch the show going forward. At the end of the day he is a teenager who is growing up and he learned an important lesson on just how important consent is.
Final Score: 8.8 / 10