TL;DR – This is one of those episodes that is there to remind you that Rick and Morty or not good people at all
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
If there has been one area of incongruity in within the greater Rick and Morty zeitgeist is has been how a lot of people idolise Rick (Justin Roiland) specifically when the show goes out of its way to show that he is not a good person and should not be idolized. Well, today we get another episode that reinforces this message.
So to set the scene, we open with Rick and Morty (Justin Roiland) walking around a cave, but with weird face-hugging aliens … well over their faces as the name implies. There are walking with some damp slimy eggs when one of the tentacles of Morty’s alien catches on a stalagmite disgorging it and we discover that this is not a disguise they were being taken over. Two dead aliens, later they now need to escape, they just need to get through an entire civilization to do that. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
This is one of those episodes where it is hard to find just where to approach it from, but since we have to talk about it eventually, so let’s rip that Band-Aid off quickly and open the Pandora’s Box that is 9/11. In this episode there is an entire sequence where Rick and Morty decide not to recreate 9/11 but that it is totally okay to do a Pearl Harbour. You can’t help but feel that this entire sequence was there entirely on purpose to enlist the exact reaction that did (a quick Google search can show you that they succeeded). However, this does open an interesting conversation about when can you joke about things. We make comedy films about pirates, and meme the Spanish Inquisition, but how are they different from 9/11, well the answer is of course time. Also, this dropped in this same week as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend also made a humorous reference to 9/11 and it didn’t have the same impact.
While this is going on, the core of this episode is reinforcing that not only is Rick a bad person but also Morty, and Summer (Spencer Grammer). You see this in Rick and Morty forgetting Summer, in them taking glee destroying a civilization, and then probably engaging in genocide. This is a dense episode to wade through, all complicated by the aliens being parasites that reproduce by killing their hosts. It delves into a lot of modern events like an awful conspiracy theory that permeates across YouTube. However, it just feels like these and all the Star Wars references were all second fiddle to a story that did not quite come together.
In the end, do we recommend Rick and Morty: Promortyus? Well overall, there is a level of quality that you come to expect and we see here. However, it feels like there were a lot of ideas going on in this episode but none of them ever coalesced into anything solid.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Rick and Morty
Directed by – Bryan Newton
Written by – Jeff Loveness
Created by – Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon
Production/Distribution Companies – Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions, Harmonious Claptrap, Green Portal Productions, Williams Street, Adult Swim & Netflix
Starring in Season 3 – Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer & Sarah Chalke with Eric Bauza, Dan Harmon, Nolan North, Cassie Steele & Alan Tudyk