After waiting for new episodes of Rick and Morty for so long, Season 3 barely quenched my thirst for the show. Still, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, and the other creators of the show gave fans a lot of information throughout Season 3 to understand Rick.
I’m sure a lot of fans, like myself, were disappointed to hear that “The Rickchurian Mortydate” would be the last installment of Rick and Morty Season 3. After watching the finale, though, I think Harmon made the right call. The finale sums up the complex character that is Rick.
Rick The Mad Scientist vs. Rick The Father
The finale episode may actually cement some of the thoughts fans already have about Rick’s true nature and his weaknesses. The way the finale was handled perfectly mirrors Rick and the way he splits himself.
There’s the Rick who thinks highly of himself as if he were a god, which is referenced throughout the episode several times. The Rick ruled by ego sees himself as a gift to humanity and can’t imagine what anyone would do without him.
Then there is the Rick who is attached to his family but doesn’t want to admit it. This version of the drunken scientist is constantly relegated to the backseat, much like the subplot of a story, which is what seems to happen in the finale episode.
A notable subplot in this episode would be Beth’s paranoia about being a clone. Beth wants to know whether she is a clone or the real Beth. She calls Rick to find out, but as always, her father is confusing.
Rick and Morty hits the reset button in its recent finale, bringing a close to one of TV’s best seasons. Our review! https://t.co/2Q4BTgpzDC
— Polygon (@Polygon) October 2, 2017
Just like Rick’s inner conflict, both plots in the season finale eventually merge. This time, however, the outcome is different. In past episodes, the crazy scientist’s overwhelming ego always triumphs. This final episode showcases family-oriented Rick overpowering the egocentric side of the mad genius.
Rick’s actions in the finale contradict the character we met in Season 1 and Season 2 of Rick and Morty. This episode reveals how fallible Rick can be, particularly when we find out that he is unaware of satellite cameras watching him and Morty.
By the end of Episode 10, Rick seems defeated. Rick’s family finally accepts that they are dispensable to him and tell him to go to a different dimension. This refutes Rick’s belief that he is important and necessary.
The title of the last episode, “The Rickchurian Mortydate,” is a play on words. It is aptly named after The Manchurian Candidate, in which an American Sergeant, named Raymond Shaw, is brainwashed by the Soviets to do their bidding. By the end of the story, Shaw realizes who he is and what he’s done, which brings about his untimely demise.
Similar to Shaw, Rick at the end of the Season 3 finale realizes the truth about himself. There have been hints in the past in which Rick has broken the fourth wall. The same can be said in the finale of Rick and Morty.
In the last episode, Rick and the audience simultaneously realize how dispensable he is to his family. Furthermore, the fourth wall breaks emphasize Rick’s vulnerability since his character knows he is fully exposed to the viewers.
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) October 2, 2017
Rick And Morty Role Reversal, A Season 4 Tease?
Morty seems to be getting a bit more confident and is growing into himself, which is made evident in the last moments of Episode 10 when Morty stands up to Rick and decides to stick with his family.
Sprinkled throughout the finale are hints that Morty is actually starting to influence Rick rather than the other way around. For instance, Rick decides to quit working on the Kennedy Tunnels when Morty admits he doesn’t want to be there either.
By the end of the episode, Morty clearly chooses his family over his grandfather. The Morty from Season 1 and Season 2 couldn’t even refuse to go with Rick on an adventure. This time, however, the young man is unwavering.
Morty’s newfound confidence could be a hint to how Rick and Morty’s dynamic might change in the future, particularly Season 4. As stated earlier, Rick is now more aware of himself and his standing in the family. Morty is as well. This could greatly affect the way the show plays out in Rick and Morty Season 4.
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