“Big Trouble in Little Sanchez” is a wonderful depressing episode as we see both Rick’s selfishness but also the fact that he does care about his grandkids as it is their desire for an adventure is one of the reasons he becomes Little Rick. Elsewhere Beth and Jerry have a great side story too.
The story involves Rick putting himself in a younger clone to help Summer and Morty hunt a vampire at the school leading Rick to stay Little Rick while elsewhere Jerry and Beth go through couples therapy on an alien world that specializes in it revealing just how dysfunctional they are.
The Pros: Beth and Jerry Side Plot – On the planet there are machines that recreate how they see each other and Jerry is seen as a worm while Beth is a monster. The Beth Monster than uses the Jerry’s the conquer as she slaughters all the people at the retreat and it is only through Jerry being courageous that ideal Jerry is created who when the machine is placed on his head creates the Beth that is a Goddess and stops Monster Beth. Biggest reveal, Jerry and Beth are co-dependent.
Little Rick – Little Rick is popular and everyone loves him since he’s a good singer and dancer but he’s crying for help as the real Rick is stuck in a vat and it comes in through his anxiety. It is only when Summer and Morty fight for him to be back that Little Rick ends and Rick returns to his body. He’s a great character.
Morty – Morty is selfish in this as Little Rick helps him hook up with Jessica and Morty enjoys being popular and being able to have fun with his Grandfather as his Grandfather is actually treating him with respect. Even he eventually sees the real Rick crying for help through Little Rick’s songs though.
Summer – Summer is the first to realize something is wrong and works to get Rick back even though the hunting vampires idea was brought about by her. She loses all her standing at school when Little Rick turns on her but she stands by it and we see just how much she cares about her Grandfather.
Rick – Rick is crazy as we see him destroy his other clones as he didn’t see the Little Rick test as a success. He’s pretty unstable in this but we see that his love for his Grandchildren was one of the motivations for becoming Little Rick in the first place. He does send the Smith’s to therapy too showing that he is all for them resolving things or getting a divorce.
This was another great episode and easily one of the best of the season. The Beth and Jerry side story was hilarious and shows how their dysfunction is really what keeps them together while at the same time we get to see a nice side to Rick when he becomes Little Rick as well as his love for music and dance being a thing no matter what body he’s in.
Final Score: 10 / 10
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
“Rick and Morty” is a darkly comedic satire of the sci. fi. genre and “Back to the Future.” From Rick basically being an even more unhinged Doc Brown and Morty being a more realistic take on if Marty were an actual high school student. Suffice to I really enjoyed the pilot and I plan on reviewing more episodes from “Rick and Morty” in the future.
“The Pilot” is about Morty being pulled onto an adventure with his Grandfather Rick. This has been going on for a while and things come to ahead when his parents find out he has been missing a lot of school after Morty and Rick make an escape through Inter-dimensional security to return home.
The Pros: The Adventure – The adventure involves going to a planet to get seeds that Rick needs for research. From here they face monsters, bureaucrats and end facing Morty’s parents and one another throughout the mission as Morty is clearly Rick’s pawn.
The Jokes – The jokes are awesome! From the Bureaucratic Insects being called Robots and it being revealed they are sentient, to Morty having to sneak in the seeds through his but and Rick interacting with anyone. Also Rick freezes Morty’s bully and he later breaks and we see Morty’s sister Summer had a crush on the bully.
Morty’s Parents – Beth and Jerry are wonderful. Beth is a horse surgeon caring for her Grandad while Jerry feels insecure around Rick and is worried about his son as he explodes about him being special needs at the end but shows empathy after. They have a great dynamic as they are in a failing marriage where Jerry has no awareness of others.
Rick – Rick is a sociopath who has gone mad from how brilliant he is in hopping through dimensions and comprehending and living in a whole bunch of realities. This makes him cruel to others when he is able to solve the problems he causes really quick, like healing Morty’s broken legs. The thing is he has to be told to help others though as he is so obsessed with the missions, the big picture of adventure and his own interests.
Morty – Morty is a high schooler with special needs and is a great guy. He is kind but still is able to stand up to himself to Rick. He hasn’t stood up to his parents yet but I won’t be surprised if that happens later as his arc is becoming more assertive and setting what boundaries he can with Rick.
This was a great episode that does a good job establishing the conflict between characters and the worlds that our characters live in. We see the brilliance of Rick, the conflict between Beth and Jerry and Morty just trying to survive as he is going through adventure so much larger than his small world in High School.
Final Score: 9.4 / 10