Rick and Morty

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  1. Aug 7, 2015 #21 of 297
    calitivo

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    S2E3 is leaked online. Things...get...dark
     
  2. Aug 7, 2015 #22 of 297
    hairyblue

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    I'm resisting watching it until Sunday. I like dark.

    The hired killer was dark. And they make us think about actions and their consequences.

    I love to see what happens in E3 on Sunday. Can't wait.

    Is this a spoiler free thread. Anyone know?
     
  3. Aug 7, 2015 #23 of 297
    hairyblue

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    Adult Swim released the Moonmen Music Video.

     
  4. Aug 8, 2015 #24 of 297
    cannonz

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    I guess is my call discuss anything you want.
     
  5. Aug 8, 2015 #25 of 297
    cannonz

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    I liked the Mister Meseeks showing the guy how to win game in background, disappearing when he did.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2015 #26 of 297
    hairyblue

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    I like this answer. I would think any broadcasted Rick and Morty should be ok for this thread.

    And I like the details of Rick and Morty. The back ground is the first thing I noticed about Rick and Morty in the Simpson's gag. It was full of interesting things to look at. You could tell some thought when into it.

    Charles Schulz wrote a foreword for a Calvin and Hobbes book I had. I will always remember and agree with what he said. He said Watterson drew a great table and water splash. That the work was just fun to look at.

    I think Rick and Morty's backgrounds are like this.
     
  7. Aug 17, 2015 #27 of 297
    cannonz

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    On background, I did not watch opening credits on first S2 episode assumed would be the same as last season. Watched second one, saw was clips from upcoming episodes, last nights they had inserted Mister poopy butthole into them.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2015 #28 of 297
    hairyblue

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    S2 E3 was ok. But E4 is great. Loved their "clip show"!

    Here is an article about it.

    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/rick-and-morty-total-rickall-223924

    Rick And Morty: “Total Rickall”
    “Wait, no! Don’t flashback!”

    Do television series even do clip shows anymore? Reality series probably still churn one out every now and again, but it’s a rarity otherwise; no one turns on the latest episode of The Walking Dead expecting to see Rick and the rest regurgitating five minute chunks of previously aired misery. But the “clip show made up of clips that never actually existed before this episode” format, while not exactly a cliché, is at least something that’s been done. Clerks: The Animated Series did it. Community did it. And now Rick And Morty has done it—sort of. While a half hour of Rick and the rest (wait, what?) cueing up glimpses of horrifying hilarity that we’ll never see in context wouldn’t be completely out of place for the series, it also wouldn’t be quite enough on its own. Rick And Morty doesn’t need to constantly top itself, but it would be a legitimate letdown if the writers ever brought in an old concept without presenting it in a different light.

    And so we get “Total Rickall,” a clip show in which the clips themselves are the enemy. Or at least representative of the enemy. The failing of past clip shows (even the self-aware ones) is that the plots are nearly always terrible, for the simple fact that it’s really ****ing hard to build a good story when you have to keep coming up with reasons to cut away to a completely different story. (“Shades Of Grey,” the awful Star Trek: The Next Generation clip show, gave Riker a brain infection that had him reliving his past to try and cover for the clunkiness. It didn’t work.) Here, though, Morty and his family are beset by alien parasites who insert themselves into people’s lives by giving them false memories, ala Dawn from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer; which means that every time someone says, “Remember when…,” another alien gets a chance to essentially come into being. Instead of groaning at each new flashback, or even appreciating them as ironic commentary on the phoniness of flashbacks, those memories create rising tension. They’re funny, but they’re also dangerous—which, thankfully, makes them funnier.

    It’s a brilliant conceit, and the speed with which things get out of hand is breathtaking to watch. That’s not unusual for the show; one of its hallmarks is an absolute faith in the intelligence of its audience, and a willingness to follow established premises to their logical conclusion without holding back for fear of losing or alienating viewers. So the episode begins with things already somewhat out of hand—the first parasite has taken the form of “Uncle Steve,” and in the first scene, he’s already insinuated himself into the family’s life. Rick, unsurprisingly, realizes what’s going on, and shoots Uncle Steve in the head; the alien reverts to its hideous worm form when it dies, which gives Rick’s explanation of the situation considerable credence. (It also sets up the episode’s final twist, when Beth makes a horrible, horrible mistake.)

    Things escalate from there, with each new alien manifesting in increasingly ludicrous ways. I’ve tried to list some of those forms below, but I’m sure I missed a few; and hell, most of the ones we see don’t even get names. Which is another hallmark of the series—the writers (and animators) jam so much invention into each twenty-minute block that listing it all would take, well, a lot more patience than I have at 12:30 am on a Monday morning. Really, though, fun as lists are, keeping track would be to miss the point. The voluminous creativity only works because it serves a narrative function. Jerry, Summer, Beth, Morty, Rick, and Mr. Poopybutthole need to feel overwhelmed, so lost in a sea of friendly faces that they forget the danger they’re in.

    What really brings everything together, though, is Morty’s discovery that the parasites can only create good memories. The first half of the episode is dominated by flashbacks to happy times that never happened. Summer flying with Tinkles, the magical ballerina lamb; Cousin Nicky rescuing the family from a trapped elevator (thing I just realized—it’s an unhappy memory until Nicky shows up, which is a clue that Mr. Poopybutthole, improbably enough, is real); Rick and Frankenstein in ’Nam; Jerry and Sleepy Gary hooking up in the south seas, or wherever they were. The second half is when **** gets real, and each member of the family has to conjure up the bad times to make sure who’s real and who isn’t.

    It gets a bit dark (the scene of a drunken Beth accidentally hitting Summer in the face with a wine bottle is legitimately unsettling), but that makes sense. A more reserved show might have tried to soften those bad memories, or at least give us a “Well, a family is made up of the good and the bad!” lesson at the end. This episode doesn’t really try. There’s no moral here about anything, just the observation that perfect contentment and happiness is not something we can ever expect in our lives, and the only time we can really be sure that someone is lying to us is when they keep telling us exactly what we want to hear. This isn’t about reassuring anyone—it’s simply presenting facts without commentary, and letting us make up our own minds.

    Actually, not quite. Saying “all families have bad memories” would be a bit sad, but Rick And Morty goes a step further in suggesting that maybe it’s just this family that’s ****ed up. Through the whole half hour, the audience has been primed for the Mr. Poopybutthole shoe to drop. He’s absurd, he has a ridiculous name, and he’s been inserted into the show in an extremely suspicious way. (Right down to appearing in the title sequence.) But when Beth shoots him, he bleeds real blood. Recovering in the hospital after the end credits, he tells Beth (through his physical therapist) that he’s sorry none of them had any bad memories of him.

    So I guess it’s possible to have all good memories of a real person. Kind of makes you wonder what the hell we’ve been doing with our lives—right, Mr. Computer Screen Which I Keep Staring At Because I Hope You Have Answers Guy?

    Stray observations
    “Steve wasn’t real?” “He was a real piece of ****.”
    Much thanks to Alasdair for covering for me last week.
    “I was on the wrong side of the pitchfork on that one.” -Frankenstein. (He’s really Frankenstein’s monster.)
    Another reason this episode is so strong is because there’s no unrelated subplot to distract from the main story. The closest we get is Jerry convincing himself he’s an alien parasite, but that’s both completely fitting and immediately relevant. (Jerry also has a love affair with a man, but I think that’s less about his sexuality, and more about his desperate need to be loved.)
    Okay, there was also Photography-raptor, Pencilvester (Rick is very emotionally attached to Pencilvester), Reverse Giraffe, Hammerai, Amish Cyborg, and Mrs. Refrigerator. And a ton of others.
    Having the main characters start to question each other’s reality was inevitable, but it’s great how the episode doesn’t linger on the idea. It happens, there’s some lampshaded yelling (Beth pointing out Rick’s “incredibly vague backstory”), and then Morty figures out what’s going on.
    “Why don’t you make me, implausibly naive adolescent boy with an old Jewish comedy writer’s name?” -Rick, mocking Morty’s name
    “Summer, I love you.” “Yup.” And she shoots. Do not mess with Summer.
    “Sorry, Jerry. We’re real.” “I’m a parasite!” “Yeah. But you’re real.”
     
  9. Aug 18, 2015 #29 of 297
    Odds Bodkins

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    And that's the way the news goes.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2015 #30 of 297
    hairyblue

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    I had missed this, I got up to grab a drink when the credit was rolling. I just rewatched the episode and got to see it. Nice touch and attention to detail. This is one of my favorite episodes.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2015 #31 of 297
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    Just watched ep2. Flight of the Conchords!
     
  12. Aug 28, 2015 #32 of 297
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    Well I was in the "doesn't have anything to do with Back to the Future" camp until I saw this, Justin Roiland's original Channel 101 short that inspired Rick and Morty.

    VERY NSFW http://youtu.be/EbTlK3perdI
     
  13. Aug 28, 2015 #33 of 297
    cannonz

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    Says age restricted, how do tell them over 18?
     
  14. Aug 28, 2015 #34 of 297
    cannonz

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    Get Schwifty sucked, was not too disappointed I thought it would seeing previews. This weeks looks like it will be very good, I assume they knew Schwifty was weak so put between two good ones.
     
  15. Aug 29, 2015 #35 of 297
    KungFuCow

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    Show me what you got!!!!
     
  16. Aug 29, 2015 #36 of 297
    waynomo

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    Seven...
    Get your parents to lift the restriction or figure out their password. :D

    FYI - Perhaps this is a setting or something. It played for me with no warning or anything.
     
  17. Aug 29, 2015 #37 of 297
    waynomo

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    Seven...
    Assume you're talking about the whole episode and not just the song.

    I enjoyed the premise of the giant heads and the commentary on religion in general.
     
  18. Aug 29, 2015 #38 of 297
    cannonz

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    Odd maybe you have to go to main page to set some kind of profile. Or maybe my mom did come over and block me, I've never understood that ridiculous crap how is having to say your over 18 supposed to stop any kid but I guess they had to do something just to say the did.
     
  19. Aug 29, 2015 #39 of 297
    cannonz

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    The whole show especially the song, not a single laugh in the whole show.
     
  20. Aug 29, 2015 #40 of 297
    cannonz

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    That's what it was went to main page there was turn on/off restriction, of course then immediately showed bunch of porn to choose from, certainly no 12 year old could do that.
     

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