What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Rick and Morty! There’s some light at the end of the tunnel during these troubling times, and one answer to that is the long-awaited return of Rick and Morty season four! It has pained many viewers that this season was actually split in half, it even pained me, but this is one of those shows where you could wait forever and still be exciting for what comes next. I know I was, because so far this season has been pretty wild.
This episode proved that by taking things a step further. The way this episode was described to us made it seem as though Rick and Morty once more had a bunch of enemies out for them. To some extent they did, but it was nothing like what you may have had pictured in your head. The concept for this episode was so ambitious, that it was easy feeling like you were just going with what was unfolding. I know I was at one point. You think had things figured out, only to find that there was much more going on than what you were seeing on the surface. I think the best part about this story playing out like an anthology was how it took advantage of Rick’s infinite potential. So many of these stories were indisputable because at the end of the day Rick has been to too many places and encountered too many people to say that couldn’t have been him.
By the end of the episode, you could also see that the team really had fun with this one. They took a simple idea and ran wild with it. Even then I could see how this one might break some of their brains. These were all ridiculous stories, but they mattered for the way they were told, and the way they were received. It was the very definition of meta, and I think if you have a show like this? You maybe owe it to yourself to indulge in that brand of humor at least once.
Now how the bible saved the day was gold. With a show like Rick and Morty, you simply expect the unexpected. Never more was that true when these two were backed into a corner enough that they would do the one thing that no one saw coming. What also killed me was also the visualization of these bible characters. It was one thing to know that Rick had some idea of what a bible is, but it was another thing entirely to see what that looks like in physical form. I didn’t know whether to laugh at the accuracy in essence, or cringe because part of you knows deep down he’s not taking anything about it seriously.
Honestly, I was a bit terrified as well when it came to all these old men who suddenly popped up with abs of steel. Well maybe not terrified, but I could relate to the shattering feeling of knowing that old guy right there looks like he’s trained all his life for the ***whooping he’s about to give you. And abs of steel is also what I will call them, because I pretty much died when the words which came out of Morty’s mouth burn into my brain. I couldn’t help but share in the same reaction that Rick had as well. So many things going on and then this just smacks you out of nowhere. Just when you think you have heard it all from this kid. Then he goes off and shows you that he spends just a bit too much time on the internet when by himself.
At the end of the day, someone out there must have asked; “How meta are you going to make this episode?” And someone responded with a simple, yes. Rick and Morty “Never Ricking Morty” was off the rails from start to finish and reminds you all over again why you first fell in love with this series.