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Why Rick and Morty Fans Are Ruining Rick and Morty (Including Me)

Why Rick and Morty Fans Are Ruining Rick and Morty (Including Me)

So here’s the thing. I enjoy an animated television program called Rick and Morty. You know, like pretty much everyone. The show is the highest rated comedy on television/the Internet these days. That’s insane, and quite frankly deserved success for all the twisted minds behind the bleakly funny brilliance. I can get behind that.

You know what I can’t get behind? The increasingly crappy behaviour of Rick and Morty fans. And no, I’m not just talking about the irritating ones who claim that the show is so goddamn smart that the only reason to dislike it is because your precious little brain can’t comprehend its brilliance. Nor am I talking about the gross misogyny that’s occurred in the name of that fandom (you know, like all fandoms). That stuff’s all been called out before and done to death.

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Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

I want to talk about the rest of the fans, because pretty much everyone who loves this show enough to speak about it online tends to shove their foot in their mouths in the process (a difficult physical feat from a keyboard, by the way, so well done y’all). I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising. This is a comedy defined by cynicism, nihilism, and wilfully awful/toxic behaviour. It makes sense that it brings out the worst in those who love it, but here’s a brief breakdown of how it brings out the worst Internet footprints in the core fanbase by age group:

Generation Z or Post-Millennials or Whatever The Hell They’re Called:


Younger Millennials:

“Hey, you know what? You’re not liking Rick and Morty in the way that I approve of (or even worse, you like it and I don’t). Here’s a 2,000 word think piece shaming you for not feeling the same way about Rick and Morty as me. You’re going to get so many more whiny vlogs and hashtags shaming you for liking it the right way, you idiot. I HATE YOU FOR NOT SHARING MY EXACT OPINION ON A SPECIFIC THING!!! CONFLICTING OPINIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED!!!! EVERYONE MUST AGREE WITH ME!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!”

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Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

Older Millennials/Gen-Xers:

“Pfft! I liked Rick and Morty in like 2014. It wasn’t popular then, so it was cool to like it. It’s popular now, so it’s not cool to like it anymore. No, I’m not going to watch it to find out if it’s still funny. I’m just going to judge you for liking a thing that’s popular, you stupid drone. You shouldn’t just blindly follow things that are popular, dummy. You should blindly hate things that are popular and blindly love the things that your cool friends/favourite Internet personalities have decided are cool that week. That means you’re smart and not somebody who doesn’t think for themselves, loser! Anyways, let me know when Rick and Morty stops being so popular so that I can like it again.”

Honestly, it’s getting to the point that I love everything about Rick and Morty except for the people who also love it. Since the show is the most successful comedy on television right now, that means I don’t like anyone with eyeballs and Internet access because they all feel the need to take some sort of passionately divisive stance on the show. Can we stop this please? You’re allowed to like a show that you find funny and/or smart and not like it if you find it unfunny and/or stupid. That doesn’t mean you need to attack people who disagree with you. This is true of all art and pop culture. Rick and Morty just casts such a large pop culture shadow right now that it’s lightning rod for this nonsense.

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Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

Also, are you wondering if I’m aware of the irony that I just wrote a whiny article complaining that Rick and Morty fans whine about other Rick and Morty fans too much? Well, of course I am. I AM a Rick and Morty fan, and if you’ve been to Reddit you’ll know that means I’m smarter than everyone else. Now let’s all stop this, please? Fortunately, it’ll be years before the next season, so we’ll have time to calm down a bit. But when it comes back, let’s cut the crap because I’d like to be able to google the show and see funny Mr. Poopybutthole memes again rather than a bunch of fandom infighting where people talk out of their poopy buttholes instead of their green-dripping booze holes.

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Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: Pickle Rick!

Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: Pickle Rick!

Rick and Morty has started talking to itself. Pickle Rick (arguably the season’s most-anticipated episode, thanks to Adult Swim’s canny marketing team) spends most of its running time poking fun at its own structure & some of the views espoused by some of its more obnoxious fans. The eponymous transformation, where Rick literally turns himself into an edible pickle, feels like a high-concept parody of high-concept sci-fi, which is a well-earned poke at the show’s structure. But the B-plot where Summer, Beth, and Morty go to family therapy showcases the episode’s true intentions: to dismantle the myth of Rick Sanchez.

Rick’s plan—turn himself into a pickle, wait for the rest of his family to leave for family therapy, then wait for his Rube Goldberg-style mechanism to drop a syringe full of, uh, pickle antidote—is so perfectly in character and the first sign that Pickle Rick would be more self-parody than anything else. It’s a wildly over-the-top scheme, and one specifically designed to avoid the very possibility of communication altogether.

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Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 3 images via Adult Swim

In the past, Rick and Morty has done a solid job of using high-concept science fiction to tell more personal stories. Hell, last week’s Rickmancing the Stone juggled several conceptual balls simultaneously all while exploring the potential long-term effects of Beth & Jerry’s legal separation. The Pickle Rick concept takes that idea to its logistical endpoint, throwing a horde of ideas at the screen, all in service of showing how Rick’s fear of emotion and communication only makes his life harder.

There’s a lot going on in the Pickle Rick-centric A-story, pulling most distinctly from Die Hard, Escape from NY, and Cronenbergian body horror, as Rick jumps from the house to the rat-infested sewers and eventually, a foreign embassy/prison. Pickle Rick is unquestionably the show’s goriest episode to date, as Rick murders embassy guards in a pickle-sized exosuit built from rat corpses. It’s actually more than a little distracting, as is the case whenever the show indulges Rick’s mean streak. The violent deaths are cheeky fun the first time around, but the joke runs thin fairly quickly.

Most of the scenes with the Sanchez family playing off family therapist Dr. Wong tread previously covered ground. Rick lies to and mistreats his family, Beth refuses to acknowledge any harm perpetrated by her father, Morty & Summer understand who their grandfather is but love him anyway, etc. This is very familiar territory for the series, but actual progress is made—both in the reality of the show and on a meta-narrative level—when Rick finally makes it to Dr. Wong’s office.

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Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 3 images via Adult Swim

Rick (still a pickle) sits on the couch next to Morty and delivers his usual spiel about how smart he is and why caring is dumb. But, in a surprising moment, Dr. Wong immediately sees through Rick’s bluster and gets to the heart of his neurosis. “You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and an inescapable curse,” she tells Rick. “I think it’s because the only truly approachable concept for you is that it’s your own mind, within your control.” Having a character outright state that the Smith/Sanchez obsession with intelligence at the expense of emotion is a “sickness” feels like the show is thumbing its nose at some of its more obnoxious fans, as well as looking for new philosophical ideas to plumb. The scene still indulges (and pokes fun at) Rick and Morty’s now-trademark move of having a character monologue as an easy way of communicating the episode’s thesis, and I wish the show would just let the subtext stand on its own.

Rick and Morty started very slowly moving away from nihilism last season, but for Dr. Wong to refute former theological mouthpiece Rick and essentially get the last word makes me believe the show wants to criticize itself more often. We’ve still got seven episodes left in the season, but Pickle Rick is a tremendously encouraging sign.

Season 5 Trailer for Samurai Jack is Here

Season 5 Trailer for Samurai Jack is Here

Samurai Jack is getting the revival it deserves, and what better way to prepare yourself for the return than with a brand new trailer for fifth and final season?

The new season starts Samurai Jack off 50 years ahead from the last time we saw him. The evil shape-shifting demon known as Aku has destroyed the time portals, leaving Jack stranded in the future without a way to return to the past. As a result of the time travelling, Jack has not aged, but as the trailer shows, Jack is seen to have taken a beating with his time stuck in the future, now bearded and at many times, bleeding.

It’s certainly an intense trailer, and one that may look a bit different from those familiar with the series. Whereas the original show was still targeted towards children, this new season is taking on a much more mature angle, noticeably with the inclusion of blood and heavier themes. Each episode is set to take on a more serious tone, and the season as a whole is set to feature a more cohesive story. When it aired back in 2001, the show was praised for its visual style and cinematic animation, all of which is still present in the beautifully cut trailer. Music was also an important aspect of the show and yet again, the trailer does not disappoint.

Samurai Jack originally aired on Cartoon Network when it first premiered on Aug. 10, 2001. The show went on to have four seasons total, each consisting of 13 episodes. The final four episodes aired on Sep. 25, 2004. The return of Samurai Jack was made official on Dec. 2, 2015 when Adult Swim announced that they planned to bring back the show for one more season.

Season 5 of Samurai Jack is set to premiere on Mar. 11, 2017 on Adult Swim, starting with the first of ten episodes.